Well, this year I again decided to make Christmas presents. But, unlike last Christmas when I made snoods, headbands, teddies, hats and dresses, I was a little lighter on the workload this year. Partly because I’ve been researching my family history and partly because I don’t know why. So I only made seven presents this year – two crocheted flower hair slides (one for L1, one for PBM’s cousin’s daughter Akua), one cardigan (for L2), and four hats (one each for OKBK, L3, L4 and DK Hannah). Here are all but the hat for Hannah – I’m especially proud of L2’s cardigan.
Those of you that follow my wedding blog (Sophie Kingo’s Getting Married turned Sophie Kingo is Married) will know that the wedding of the Hostick-Boakyes – that’s us – on 20th August this year was a pretty hands-on affair.
The ceremony was a civil one in Hull City Hall, and the reception was a relaxed event in a marquee in the Hostick family garden in the lovely East Yorkshire. The (dreaded) ‘theme‘ was “us”, which I guess could be construed as British-cum-Danish-cum-Ghanaian.
Those of you who regularly follow this blog will know that a few things make us “us” – music and poetry courtesy of Projectbrownman and Unseen Flirtations respectively (both the husband), while I primarily sew, knit and make jewellery (with the occasional dabbling in music).
So, I guess the (dreaded) ‘theme’ could be construed as British-cum-Danish-cum-Ghanaian home-made because naturally a fair few things were made for the wedding – notably for the marquee which, when it went up I found horribly ivory, fussy and drapey, but which, with everything my Mum, Dad, sister, husband-to-be and I had made, turned out a treat.
Here’s a list of what we made, and some photos for you to feast your eyes on:
- 25 ‘Save the Date’ cards
- 25 Invitations
- 64 fabric birds
- 6 lengths of bunting
- 57 place cards
- 24 paper flags
- 50 small wooden hearts
- 2 large painted wooden hearts
- 1 Akwaaba sign
- 1 hideously difficult and time consuming Victorian lace shawl
- 10 or so crocheted jam jar cosies
- 25 vases of home grown flowers
- 5 hours worth of mixed music, which unfortunately we didn’t get through
- 1 song, which we didn’t get to share on the night but will
It’s been a while since I last blogged on knitting and craft. In my last two posts I took time out to talk about the state of racism in Denmark and some songs I was enjoying listening to. Shamefully, the last knitting I blogged about was back in January when I showed you pictures of my friend Emma in her Christmas knits.
Compared to my craft successes of 2010, being creative this year is slow going. But I have my excuse – wedding planning and wedding crafting. I have made save the date cards and am finishing off our official invitations while knitting and sewing lengthy projects which won’t be posted either till they’re finished or until we’re wed.
But luckily I today have some knitting to share with you, thanks to the lucky recipient being born yesterday. I’m very chuffed with these items; this was the first time I did some more frequent cabling and the first time I took on repetitive lace work, which set me up nicely for my wedding knitting.
All three patterns are from Sirdar Tiny Tots Essentials, knitted in Debbie Bliss eco baby cotton yarn (I don’t like Sirdar’s range). I do like Sirdar patterns though as I find them nicely easy to follow but, as always, too big for brand new babies, despite choosing the size for newborns and doing a swatch. But hey ho. It’s spring now, so by the time autumn comes round the hat and booties will feet perfectly.
Here they are:
Another post on some Christmas presents for you. This time snoods.
I made four snoods in December, based on this pattern from the Guardian:
- 1 made from Twilley’s Freedom Spirit Chunky yarn in ocean aqua/blue. I made this smaller than I wanted it to be. Luckily PBM really liked it so took it off my rather than letting me unravel it and use the yarn for something else.
- 1 made from Twilley’s Freedom Spirit Chunky yarn in moorland as a Christmas present for Lizzi along with a turquoise merino wool headband
- 1 made from Twilley’s Freedom Spirit Chunky yarn in autumn orange as a Christmas present for Emma along with a maroon and purple double knitted headband
- 1 made from a chunky wool Rowan yarn I can’t recall in maroon for my Dad for his days fishing.
Here’s a photo of Emma modelling hers in January this year. I think she likes them:
A couple of weeks ago I was thinking of what I’ve made in the past year. No wonder I at times thought I was developing RSI in my right hand. I was knitting like crazy. Here’s what I’ve knitted/crocheted/sewn/beaded between December 2009 and January 2011 (a total of 13 months), complete with links to the relevant posts:
- 2 strings of personalised bunting for L1 and L2
- crocheted coasters and heat protector/oven gripper thingymabobs
- 3 bunny teddies – 1 for newborn Zeph, 2 for newborn twins L3 and L4
- 2 adult berets – one white, one purple
- 1 adult cardigan
- 4 snoods – for my Dad, Jeff, Lizzi and Emma
- 2 baby beanies
- 4 pairs of baby booties – 2 for the new twins, and 2 for Corinne’s friends’ expectants
- 5 baby/children’s berets – 1 for L1, 1 for L2, 1 for Ida-Maria, 2 for Corinne’s friends
- 6 headbands – 1 for Lizzi, 1 for Emma, 1 for Nina, 1 for me, 1 for my Mum, 2 for sale
- 4 dresses for me from West African print cloth – 1 purple shift, 1 red dress, 1 blue v-neck, 1 wrap dress
- 20 or so oyster card holders – some as gifts – Lisa, Emma and Nina – and some for sale
- 1 string West African print bunting for the hallway
- 1 column of leaves scarf for my Mum
- 7 cushions – 3 for the bed, 1 for a chair, 3 for the settee
- 2 skirts – 1 pink brown and blue, the other pink, yellow and blue
- 2 girls dresses – 1 for L2 and 1 for Hannah
- 11 birds – 5 for my bird mobile, 3 for my parents’ mobile, and 3 for Mie and Dennis’ mobile
- Christmas decorations – bunting, hanging beads, heart pouches and pompoms
- 1 crocheted recycling basket
- and a whole heap of jewellery – bracelets, earrings, necklaces – some for sale on Folksy; some for gifts for Emma, Han, Lizzi, Lisa, PBM, Mie, my Mum, my Auntie; and a commission for Mike
And, that’s about as much as I can recall right now. But I think that may do for 13 months of knitting, sewing, crocheting and beading – at the very least 100 individual items. If I remember anything else, or if you think I’ve missed something off, let me know. But I’m rather proud of that!
Here are a few pictures:
Since I put down my needles after completing a number of Christmas presents on 23rd December 2010 my attraction to, and need for, knitting hasn’t diminished. I picked up my knitting needles again on Christmas Day 2010 at PBM’s Mother’s house and starting knitting. Since then I’ve knitted four headbands, two pairs of baby booties and two berets. Here’s why.
My work friend, Corinne, is on sabbatical in NZ at the moment to catch up with friends and family and attend two weddings. Before she left the UK at the end of summer she found out two of her European friends are expecting babies, due this March if I remember rightly. She had seen pictures of the baby booties I had made PBM’s sister’s expected twins and thought it’d be nice if she could give something similar to her friends when they have their babies, in yarn that she had chosen. So we took a trip to John Lewis on Oxford Street after work one day, picked out some Debbie Bliss and Rowan yarns in what appear to me rather NZ inspired colours, and tasked me with knitting them up into two pairs of booties and two berets in time for her return to the UK in February. After our little shopping trip we met up with her boyfriend Stefan and PBM and head to El Camion in Soho for a (very delicious) Mexican. And here they are – complete and well in time:
As for the four headbands I’ve knitted, one of those – a lovely green aran yarn – was a commission for my work friend Nina; one was a nice turquoise one for me, similar to those I knitted my East Yorkshire friend Lizzi and my Mum for Christmas; and two were aran wool heather coloured ones in my own design to try and sell via my Folksy shop. They’re not on Folksy yet, so if you fancy bagging them for yourself before then, please do let me know. Both are the same (seen below) and for sale at £8. A snip when you consider the dreaded Topshop sell not-so-nice alternatives starting from £8 and hundreds of people have them. Instead you could be one of two! Here they are. For those of you who enjoy knitting yourself I may well share the pattern via Ravelry:
Today it’s time for another blog post on gifts that I made for Christmas.
As I said a couple of weeks ago, I forgot to take photos of some of the gifts I made for Christmas 2010 before I packed them off to whoever the (may I say lucky) recipient. However, I did have some photos of the gifts I sent to Denmark (albeit some incomplete) and have since taken photos of the presents I made PBM. But that’s about as far as I’d got. Until New Years Day when, at PBM’s Mum’s house after a five meat roast (yes you read that right), I at last got some more photos for you to feast your eyes over. The gifts I made the nieces and nephew-in-law.
For those of you who don’t know, the nieces and nephew-in-law are PBM’s eldest sister’s family. All six of them now since the twins, L3 and L4, were born in November (see here for them at 2 days old). Last year I made L1 and L2 personalised bunting for their room, and for L2’s birthday in October I knitted her a beret with crocheted flowers.
However, the question was what to make them all for Christmas. And here’s what I came up with:
- pink beret with large pink and purple crocheted flower, in Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo, for 4-year-old L1;
- pink dress using Ghanaian ntoma for 2-year-old L2;
- bunny teddy made from pink baby corduroy for 6-week-old L3; and
- bunny teddy made from one of PBM’s old blue and white striped work shirts for 6-week-old L4 (much like this I made for baby Z when he was born back in February 2010).
And who better to model these items than the cutest of cute kids ever and the recipients of the gifts:
Note how L1 is also modelling L2’s dress as it is as yet slightly too big for her. This made L2 cry and proclaim “it’s mine”. I think she wants her own, original wardrobe like any reasonable 2-year-old would.