Stitching Santa – in detail!

Late again – but I really did need to say a big thank you to my Stitching Santa partners and particularly to the lovely Sheila at Sewchet who organised it again this year.

My first parcel (the knitting one) was sent from Nana Cathy. She has some lovely pictures of what she made in this post but here are mine. I meant to take a picture of the stocking before it was taken off the tree but I forgot. The Santa actually comes out and fun was had moving him around. I love the scented owl – he(she?) may end up in my ‘smalls’ drawer but might just as easily be a nice lavender whiff by my pillow to help me sleep. The lovely multi coloured basket is now full of my pattern cutting pens/pencils. Very useful. I’m tempted to leave the knitted pear in the fruit bowl – it wont go off but I suspect the ‘real’ fruit wont do it any good ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The sock yarn is gorgeous! The colours are fabulous, and though there is a sock pattern obviously designed for this I am tempted to knit a neck warmer of some description as it goes beautifully with the wool I bought to make into a coat. All I have to do is actually get the blessed thing made (and knit the neck warmer) before the need goes away.

The hat and gloves have already been put to good use – they were almost not photographed as they had been moved after wearing on one of my freezing cold walks. One of the benefits of retirement, I have discovered, is to make the most of any dry spells to go walkies. Sadly dry doesn’t mean warm so these are much appreciated. Can you see the bat? Nana clearly did her homework and also found my running blog (not used at the moment as I’m broken). Thanks Nana!

The sewing parcel came from the lovely Deborah at Sweet Fallen Angels. The box it was all packed in was almost too good to open – but I wasn’t going to let that stop me!

Quilting cotton, and phone case

Bag, purse, and sewing stuff

Deborah is an amazing embroiderer and apologised for the handmade items in the package. No apology needed Deborah – they are gorgeous. The blue projects bag (anything bag – try to take it off me!) has pockets all the way round which aren’t obvious from my photo. This will be used lots. The little purse is a style I have seen in magazines/blogs but never actually ‘in the flesh’. It’s lovely – even more so because it’s full of buttons and what dressmaker doesn’t like buttons!

Festive colours.

Stolen picture – Sorry Deborah!

There was a phone case that I had to make sure that I still had when my daughter left after her visit! It has a dog on one side and bone on the other in a reference to the cockney rhyming slang for phone. The stitches are astoundingly neat – this is why I’m a dressmaker rather than embroiderer.

I’m not certain what I will do with the quilting cotton yet but it will be a project for myself as the fabric was a gift.

What Deborah didn’t know is that I have a fairly large collection of mice built up since my sister gave me one in childhood – look at the tree decoration she made! I didn’t realise until I came to write this post that the tree mouse had been carefully packed away with the decorations so I hope Deborah won’t mind me stealing a photo from her blog. Isn’t that mouse cute!

What about my parcels? Again I was pretty useless at taking pictures before they were sent so I will give links to their recipients.

The knitting parcel went to The Snail of Happiness. Isn’t that the most amazing name for a blog? The post about her parcel can be found by clicking this linkย . I even managed to foul up writing her card which meant that I had to put a spoiler alert on the outside! When will I learn.

The sewing parcel went to The Hazelnut Thread (another great blog name – I’m feeling a name change coming on…..). Again I’m sending you to her blog via this link to see the parcel contents. She has a delightful little girl and I was able to include some fabric I bought and loved but was never enough for an adult garment. I hope Hazel likes it!

Well another year done, and a warning for Sheila. My daughter is so impressed with the Stitching Santa idea, and the contents of my parcels that she may want to join in next year. Except that despite my best efforts she can neither knit nor sew. Look out!


24 Comments on “Stitching Santa – in detail!”

  1. Your gifts were marvellous and I’ve loved reading all about what everyone else sent and received.

  2. wybrow1966 says:

    So glad you liked the little package – it was great fun to put together. Have really enjoyed this swap and will look out for it again next year!

    • Kim says:

      Loved it – and envy your hand sewing skills! This was my second year and as long as Sheila is organising I’m in ๐Ÿ˜€.

  3. These stitching santa thingies seem to be amazingly generous! I’m more used to the jokey office santa idea where you spend as little as possible to buy something humorously naff!

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    I love the idea of santa coming out of his chimney and moving around. Glad you enjoyed the gifts!

  5. CJ says:

    Oh WOW! loving the idea of a ‘stitching’ santa! how lovely!!!! and wow the goodies you made are amazing, LOVING the socks!!!! that wool is gorgeous! I want a pair of wrist warmers in that ๐Ÿ™‚ I may just go and get some online! Watch this space! (ha ha, I’m not a knitter, but about to learn)

    • Kim says:

      There’s loads of great tuition online CJ. I’m sure you could pick it up – and its great for relaxing once you’ve got the hang of things ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  6. tialys says:

    All lovely gifts – weren’t you lucky!
    Not sure what to do with the quilting cotton? Does this mean you haven’t got bitten by the quilting bug properly yet? Still, as they are quite Christmassy, you have nearly a whole year to think about what to make with it. I would have made off with the doggy phone case too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Kim says:

      Wasn’t I just!
      I’m still wrestling with The Management s quilt – and can’t say I’m particularly enjoying the experience at the moment. If I see that quilting bug I’ll probably spray it!
      Jess works for Battersea Dogs Home so would have been very happy to make off with the phone case! I can see I’m going to have to watch it very closely ๐Ÿ˜‰.

      • tialys says:

        Well, it could be that quilting’s just not your ‘thing’.
        Jess has my dream job. Would I have seen her with Paul O’Grady on the telly?

  7. sewchet says:

    Oh my, SO many handmade treats and that โ€˜phone case is super duper lovely! No wonder your daughter wants to join in next year – youโ€™d better start teaching her the art of making…….!

  8. Jo says:

    Lovely gifts, both sent and received. How cute is that little mouse. This is such a lovely swap, isn’t it? Perfect for any crafter.

    • Kim says:

      It’s a brilliant idea – and only other makers would come up with such amazing gifts. Even without knowing you like mice…..

  9. […] pattern given to me by my lovely sister. It was knitted in the yarn given to me by nana kathy in my Stitching Santa parcel . I loved the way the colour works with the Chartreuse green of the coat so I’m sure it will […]

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