Christmas planning and knitting for me!

Oh dear, here we are in December again. Every year I pledge to be better organised than last year and every year I regret not being. Maybe next year when I have retired?

Anyway, the weather has turned significantly colder and that always triggers myΒ knitting bug. I really enjoy sitting in the evening on a cold, dark, stormy (sorry, getting carried away) night with a glass of something tasty and a nice knitting project. But it really gets in the way of the sewing plans!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWell, I got well and truly carried away when I was making an order for a couple of balls of yarn to finish off a project I was copying from the lovely Sue at FadanistaΒ (click the link to see her lovely wrap) and the bag in the photo was the result. I do have plans for all of the yarn in there – but having used the extra yarn I needed to make the wrap that looked so good on Sue neither myself or The Management liked the result, neither thought I would make use of it so I am back to the drawing board with that particular yarn. This was in fact the second time I had knitted the wrap as I wasn’t convinced I had it right the first time and had to check with Sue. Rather than knitting again in rib I continued in moss stitch which looked lovely and tweedy – but the result wasn’t what I wanted. I pulled that one out before I remembered I should have taken photos – sorry!

Rather than get bogged down in that one again I have started on a vest top from Ravelry.


I had been looking for a pattern in 4 ply which would make a very fine, but warm, layer to wear with a shirt in a cotton chambray(ish) stuff bought from Barry’s on one of the Birmingham trips. I think I may have been subliminally drawn to this as it was in the colour I had in mind. Yes, I have very imaginatively bought the same colour as the picture (you can just about see it in the bag). It has been started now and is coming along quite nicely. The need for a project I could enjoy whilst watching the TV is fulfilled on the back (plain) but I am going to have to concentrate on those front cables πŸ˜‰ .

Progress has been pretty good so far but I have also been making a couple of little side projects for Christmas. I have joined in with Sewchets Stitching Santa this year (my first time of joining in although I have lurked on the sidelines before) so I am slightly involved in those too.

Have I done any sewing for me since Nell I hear you ask. Well, I did a little job to make a handbag more comfortable. Does that count?


Too low for comfort


Shorten strap to the pin


Much better!











Apart from fabric I used for client work my stash has remained absolutely static. I can’t wait to get stuck into that lovely wool for my coat – I’m hopeful that I will start this weekend as the client work is pretty much under control (and I am not going to answer the phone. Only kidding).

I hope all of your Christmas plans are actually running ‘to plan’, and that any sewing you want for yourself is going well.

Back soon with progress – I hope πŸ™‚


24 Comments on “Christmas planning and knitting for me!”

  1. fabrickated says:

    You have got a nice big selection of yarn there Kim, so I hope you will enjoy making the sleeveless top. There is nothing nicer than being wrapped up in something soft and warm at this time of year. Are you going to actually retire next year? That will an interesting change!

    • It’s actually a horrifying amount of yarn! I agree on the virtues of a nice woolly at this time of year.
      Yes, I truly am retiring after December. Earlier than I expected but I’m settling into the idea now and really looking forward to my own sewing being in prime position in future. I can’t remember the last time I completed a project without some client having a ‘crisis’ that took priority 😞.

  2. Gail says:

    I love that vest top pictured!! I’m looking for one in a hunter green right now!

  3. Well, I’m sorry your wrap has been so uncooperative and hoping that your new vest pattern behaves better for you! It will be lovely when finished. I love soft, warm, woolies – but must have super long sleeves to up the toasty factor. Love seeing your knitting projects.

  4. tialys says:

    I am juggling sewing and knitting at the moment and not always keeping them all in the air. I have a T.V. knitting project that requires only minimal concentration and a ‘stare fixedly at it and even then it still keeps going wrong’ project which may or may not be finished it time for the intended recipient at Christmas.
    I like the gold/mustard colour you are going to knit your vest in.

  5. Fadanista says:

    I am so sorry that you couldn’t get the wrap right. It took me a couple of goes. I wonder if your yarn is a bit fine, even if you double it. I used really heavy weight yarn. On the other hand, that vest is gorgeous and will go under all your jackets, I’m sure.

    • Sometimes you have to know when to quit. It really wasn’t working for me so I have moved on (still gnashing teeth as I loved your wrap!). The vest will work in all sorts of circumstances,I hope πŸ˜ƒ

  6. I was just wishing I had a vest like that. It’s getting a bit chilly here! Good luck with all your projects!

  7. I’m looking forward to starting a knitting project soon but can’t get over how expensive some of the yarns are! Love the vest top, think you’ll get a lot of use from that. Enjoy those long, dark, stormy nights with knitting in one hand and a glass of something in the other πŸ˜€

    • Isn’t it just! I suppose that like sewing you can no longer regard knitting as a budget way of getting a garment – but compare the quality of the cheap garments and you will still run for the needles.
      Have you checked out the Wool Warehouse?

  8. One of the reasons I love autumn and winter so much is that I can sit and knit with a glass of delight and a movie and nobody can think it would be a better idea to be outside!
    You are far more organised than I this Christmas season. I have a few gifts for the kids, and a reindeer holly pot on the doorstep. Until all work on the house completes on the 14th that’s about the limit of it! Then I’ll start working towards the Big Day in earnest.

  9. Roxane says:

    That vest should be lovely! As to the idea that you will be more organized after retirement? LOL!

  10. sewruth says:

    Kim, you are probably much better organised than I am – I haven’t even give it thought yet, let alone buying anything. Relax and knit, Christmas will still happen.

    • I’m not doing too badly – but mainly because the family gifts were taken to Northumberland in November. I agree that Christmas will happen regardless and everything always works out fine πŸ˜ƒ

  11. Hi Kim! I have just one tiny bit of knitting left to do – I promised my friend Andrew knitted dishcloths for Christmas, but I’m a very slow knitter, so they’ve taken me ages. Just one more to finish. πŸ™‚ And I stopped sewing ten years ago and my stash is still static.Well, apart from tiny scraps going into tiny little zippered bags.. πŸ˜‰ I also wish you a very happy build up to Christmas! xxx

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