I think perhaps, my ridiculous crafty makes this month have been my way of coping with this time of year.
I've posted before why Christmas and it's run up has lost all it's sparkle for me. I hope it comes back.
I'm thinking that next year, I might use the lazy summer holidays to get all the end of year Birthday present buying done and wrapped and ready. Then, that might free me up to enjoy a bit of Christmas cheer next year.
This year though, it's my crafty head that has kept me from going insane. It has taken me away to my crafty wonderland. My head has been buzzing. Buzzing so much that I feel excited with ideas, but annoyed I have so many at once. As usual, it has meant me flitting from one thing to another like a woman possessed. But, I have liked it that way. I have not had time to think about my usual end of year stresses.
So, I have several projects on the go at once. Flitting from one to another each evening. I quite like doing something different each night. It stops the boredom and satisfies my skittish-ness....but it means that each project takes longer to finish.
I am working on my hexagon blanket. Just a couple more colour motifs to go, and a border to go on each, then I am ready to put it together. My sparkly scarf is coming along nicely. I shall be pleased when it is done, I think it will be lovely with so many things. I have my wavy blanket which is coming along slowly. I decided the time was right to use some gorgeous yarn I was given and make....yeap.....some more wrist warmers. Like I don't have enough, but they are in constant use, so I figure, another pair would be good.
I was given this gorgeous Alpaca yarn by my extremely lovely mother-in-law. It's Sierra Andina by Adriafil. Just the most gorgeous feel and also the most gorgeous colour. I have been wanting to find the best pattern to make the most of it. I was going to make my usual Drops design Karisma wrist warmers but I saw some lovely ones on pinterest which led me here and a pair were made. I just adjusted the pattern a little as I was using a different yarn and wanted a slightly longer length to mine.
But then, I just HAD to whip up a hat to go with it. I had a little bit of the turquoise yarn left over, and I was desperate not to waste any, so it became a border for the hat. Once again, a little pink pom pom with some left over yarn was placed on top. I've left it plain so far, no 'herbs' but maybe I shall embellish at a later date.
I'm thinking a cream scarf with a turquoise and pink edge would be nice also, Geez, what am I like?
Also, I had a few emails asking me what pattern I was using for my sparkly scarf.
It was this pattern here. I used it last year to make a chunky scarf and I loved the pattern so much. I thought it would make a great skinny scarf too using a finer yarn.
I have decided this year, that we will dispense with a traditional live tree in our house, in favour of a very kitsch pink one. I'm hoping it won't be a complete regret as I do love the smell of a christmas tree in the house, but, hey, there's always next year to remedy that right? We don't have space for me to indulge in a couple of trees, no matter how tiny. So, with a pink tree in mind, when I saw Yvestowns christmas stocking tutorial, I knew a couple of those would tie in nicely with a pink tree, and not make it look too out of place. A step away from my usual red and white, but I thought they would make the pink tree feel more at home.
So, sorting through my cotton stash I found some pretty colours like Yvonne used. The colours that Yvonne had used were actually really perfect to tie in with my pink tree, I just put a heel cap on one and a heel and toe cap on the other to make them a little different. I am pleased with them. They really will compliment my tree this year....and maybe I won't feel so bad!
It did get me thinking though...and my crafty head went into overdrive. More on that in another post.
I don't know how frequent my postings will be from now until christmas. Now is the time when I knuckle down and try and get my act together. Something has to give, right?