Festivities

30 Dec

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog front recently, mainly due to all the wonderful festive stuff that happens this time of year. I have had several craft fairs which were great fun (if a little cold) & was thrilled that my shabby chic Christmas wreaths went down well. It was lovely to meet so many people, crafters and customers alike! Thank you to all who popped by & said hello!

My stall at The Vintage & Handcrafted fair on the 2nd Dec at Southwell Garden Center.

My stall at The Vintage & Handcrafted fair on the 2nd Dec at Southwell Garden Center.

I love the run up to Christmas and all the festive activities from Christmas parties, decorating the tree & home, making homemade cards, organising presents and the excuse to bake at every possibility.

These were my melting snowmen cupcakes, great fun to make, inspired by an image of biscuits on Pinterest.

These were my melting snowmen cupcakes, great fun to make, inspired by an image of biscuits on Pinterest & they went down very well!

Of course the last few days before Christmas I spent (not quite frantically) finishing my sister’s knitted jumper, while she’s been out, and sewing ends in sat up in bed late at night, so she didn’t see it before Christmas morning. All was fine – it was wrapped up & under the tree by the end of Christmas Eve.

It got the appropriate ‘ooooh & ahhhs’ when it was opened & fortunately it fitted well & only need one minor adjustment; I’d purposely not fastened off the yarn when I cast off the neckline (just in case) which was a wise move – it needed just two rows taking back and a slightly looser cast off – all sorted by lunchtime! The pattern I knitted was, by drops – I adapted it slightly from a jacket/cardigan design to a jumper – I’ve added the finished project to my ravelry page with additional notes (if you’re interested, search for nettynot).

Hand knitted fairisle jumper I made for my sister - as requested joey, I chopped your head off the photo, althought it felt a little mean! :P

Hand knitted fairisle jumper I made for my sister – as requested joey, I chopped your head off the photo, althought it felt a little mean! : P

Not to mention Christmas itself, this year it was spent at my parents, with my sister & two hairy little border terriers and a recent addition of a newly installed log burning fire. Christmas dinner was epic, crunchy roast potatoes and (controversially) lovely chicken (we all prefer chicken to turkey – so why not)!

Lovely food & check out my parents 70's arabesque crockery - very retro (it was a wedding gift, that they've added to over teh years).

Lovely food & check out my parents 70’s arabesque crockery – very retro (it was a wedding gift, that they’ve added to over the years).

We’re now recuperating from the over load of eating and socialising with a few quiet days (with some selfish knitting) before back to the real world in the new year. Before that we have fancy dress outfits to make, ready for a New Years Eve party (more on this to follow)!

I just had to share the Christmas card my boyfriend had made for me - that is my very grumpy cat, wearing a santa hat (it's not photoshopped in) which probably explains the expression! I love it!

I just had to share the Christmas card my boyfriend had made for me – that is my very grumpy cat, Chip, wearing a santa hat (it’s not photoshopped in) which probably explains the expression! I love it!

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