Knitted Christmas Ornament Swap

Since our knitting group meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month, we decided to have our Christmas party back in November, because none of us would make the December meeting so close to Christmas. We took scraps of Christmas coloured yarns and patterns for Christmas ornaments. Each of us started knitting an ornament, but being busy with food and wine, none of us finished.


We had a little lottery for who was going to gift their ornament to who and said we’d drop them off at each others houses. However, on the way out we decided it would be good to sit in the hotel lounge by the Christmas tree and knit together in December, so we made a date for yesterday evening.


We drank mulled wine and knitted and chatted…


Just before we left, we swapped ornaments…


I was honoured to receive two Christmas trees from the member of our group who is only just learning to knit.

I felt a little guilty as these are her first two FOs, but she insisted.



Advice Please

Thank you to everyone who gave me their thoughts on the hat yesterday.  Listening to everyone’s suggestions and advice really helped. Like many of you I liked Porta Patet’s  suggestion of adding beads to the tassels and have decide to have a go at that.

However, when I thought about doing it, I first thought about tying a knot in the bottom of the yarn tassel to secure the beads. Then I thought I could make a double length tassel and loop it back up, so that there was no knot showing.



I liked the idea of having no knot, but I didn’t like the idea of a loop at the bottom. So, I’m afraid, I’m back being demanding again and asking, does anyone have any ideas of how to add the beads in a single strand without a knot at the bottom? Or does anyone have any other ideas about different ways to add the beads?

Thanks again for all your thoughts yesterday, they were really helpful!


Your Opinion Please

Having a bit of a dilemma over a hat I’m knitting as a Christmas gift. I started following a pattern that didn’t work, so ended up frogging and knitting by my own plan, but I did use the i-cord tassel finish on the top from the pattern.20171204_095709


I was planning on trimming the blue tassely bit to half that length. I’d be happy with it like that, but I’m wondering about the recipient. Would they want their hat topped like this? I could remove the tassels and make the i-cord shorter, or longer and tie it in a knot. Or I could pull back the i-cord and do something completely different.

Totally confused, I though I’d ask you marvellous lot what you think. Even if you don’t knit, how would you finish the top of this hat?  And please don’t say with a fluffy pompom – I do NOT like fluffy pompoms!

Road Trip Knitting

Having been away visiting the Netherlands and a little bit of Belgium, has meant  lots of travel knitting. I did a little secret knitting that I can’t show you, but other than that my knitting turned out to be rather like Henry Ford’s, you can have any colour you like as long as it’s black – but in my case it was brown.

Knowing there’d be a fair amount of driving in the dark, I cast on a fair isle yoked sweater in Jacob wool before we left, so I would have something I could knit even when I couldn’t see what I was doing. I worked on it after dark on the first two days, on the way to Dover, through Belgium and into the Netherlands, and on the way home from Dover. Here’s how far I got…


However the first thing I started on when we left home in daylight was a Christmas pudding…


Next morning I knitted a few more puddings on the Ferry…


Once in the Netherlands, we were busy most of the time, but any quiet moment was filled with knitting leaves and berries…

I also made sure I complete one pudding before we reached Utrecht to give to Lovely Eldest.

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When we left Utrecht to drive to Bruge, I began the sleeve of the fair isle sweater, and also knitted it when we drove from Bruge to Dunkirk. I got this far…


As we sat and waited for the ferry, I stuffed my puddings…


… then I added the leaves and berries on the ferry.


I’m craving some more colourful knitting now I’m home!