Christmas Gift and Continuing 2022 Makes

Hello all, Happy New Year! I can’t believe we’re already in 2023. I’m happy I can show my FINALLY finished object, a Christmas present I actually started making for Christmas 2021. As has happened in previous years, it got to roughly the 23rd of December and I realised I wasn’t going to finish it in time. So, despondently, I put away the yarn, the hook and the crocheted pieces, half-hoping I would do it for the next Christmas, and I actually managed it! I’d done about half of the project, and I didn’t restart it until the 15th of December 2022. I had been putting it off, like I do with most things. But I was determined to finish it. This was a big project, for me anyway, so it meant getting a little less sleep until Christmas. I finally finished it on Christmas Eve. It’s the Polar Book by @zenknit
_toys and it really is a brilliant pattern which is explained very clearly and includes video tutorials.

This is a sensory book with moving parts. I put bits of baking paper and bubble wrap inside some of the features like the whale tail, the fox tail etc. It’s not perfect because it was half a destash project, getting rid of yarn, so the yarn wasn’t all the same weight, but I am pretty proud of it. I only learnt amigurumi in 2020. I was so glad to finally offload this and gift it to my intended recipient, a lovely little girl. This project really helped me get the hang of colourwork and it has helped me with my current knitting project, the Noro Magazine Knitalong “A Voyage East”.

I will show my current progress on that in my next blog post, but for now I just wanted to share that it is challenging but I am enjoying it. Noro yarns are in very limited supply at the moment, possibly due to the knitalong. So I have substituted some of the colours. For Noro Solo 01 I am using Malabrigo’s 398 Rosalinda – 100% merino yarn – and it looks and feels absolutely gorgeous. It came vacuum-packed. Don’t you just love it when yarn comes vacuum-packed so when you cut it open you can see and feel it “puff up”? 😀

It came in a skein/hank which meant I had to wind it into a ball, and this was the first time I successfully managed it. BY MYSELF!

I actually fell asleep on my sofa while doing it and I must say, what a lovely way to fall asleep.

Yes I have another skein of it to wind but it’ll take me a while to get through this one, so I am happy to save the pleasure of that for later on in the project. I found Lia Griffith’s tutorial on YouTube realy helpful. By the way, I was wondering why yarn sometimes comes in skeins, so I went on Google and all I had typed was “why does yarn” and it immediately finished the question for me “…come in skeins”. Fascinating!

I am still working on my knitting needle holder. I cut out the fusible fleece for it. I had no idea which way to lay the fleece for cutting out and neither the pattern instructions nor Google were any help. So I did it all by laying out the fabric I am going to fuse it to, and putting the fleece on top of it, glue side down, as that is how I’ll be ironing it, and hopefully that’s correct.

Later today I am hoping to get on my sewing machine for the first time in 2023 to do some more of the sewing!

Hope you all have a better 2023 than 2022!

Published by alicemowse

Writer. Occasional performer, stitcher. One book published so far, my collection of poems 'Saved by Porpoise' available on Kindle. Featured in the anthology 'Around The Mulberry Tree'

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