Thursday, December 24, 2009

Twas the day before Christmas....

Now that the surprise-spoiling danger is all but over and my family has more pressing and urgent activities than web-surfing (read: jigsaw puzzle and butter tarts, critical stuff!!), I can share projects. Some of the photos are abysmally poor due to lighting conditions and operating in stealth mode. Such is the lot when you work in darkness and have to get things wrapped before light returns again....

Treeskirt for Sister to match the birdies for her birthday.
I based it on two I've seen though I didn't really follow either. CrazyMomQuilts did a wonderful tutorial and TallGrassPrairieStudios had lovely tree blocks to inspire me (in the sidebar). I preferred my trunk running behind and made myself a little crazy matching the trunk position in the from strip to strip....
Two pairs of hand-knit socks - one for Mum and one for Sister. The herringbone pattern was slightly more time consuming but very satisfying. Free pattern on Ravelry - link is here.

Nigella Yoga bag for Sister - Amy Butler pattern (free). Turned out so well, I'm likely going to make another for me one of these days....
And there was one other project - some felted pillows for Mum that I had been working at off and on for a few months. But I was so very tired of dark photos that I will click them tomorrow after she opens them....

There are no hand-mades for the menfolk. :-( But there are snowball guns under the tree so I imagine there will be handmade fun and much merry mayhem tomorrow!!

To all that celebrate it, Merry Christmas! If you are not of the Christmas persuasion, enjoy your long weekend! I wish you goodness and warmth, health and prosperity, and the glow that comes from experiencing simple pleasures in life (or from a glass or two of wine!)

Peace and blessings!


  1. The tree skirt is completely gorgeous!!! I think she'll want to hang it on the wall after the holidays. And those socks - wow. Impressed.

  2. Love those socks. One of these days I'll get around to knitting myself a pair. Hope your Christmas was merry!

  3. Hi! This is my first visit, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your treeskirt. I'm a quilting praire-gal too, when I've got "spare" time.

    I've read a few of your posts, and it made my heart leap to read about you returning to school. That's what I've been doing too, in the last couple years. Congratulations!

  4. Wow! I love how the tree skirt turned out! I have seen both tutorials and this is totally on my to-do list...maybe next year!


  5. your tree skirt is beautiful! I love the colors that you used.

  6. Anjeanette, you beat me to the punch!
    I also loved the tree skirt! So cute. I secretly long to make knitted things like your gorgeous socks! Your socks rock! hee hee. Aw, come on, I'm running on Holiday fumes here! Seriously, great job on your gifts. I would have been so honored to have received any of them. Handmade is always the best!
    Rebecca of the R&W Gals

  7. wonderful christmas trees on your table cover! You have a wonderful eye for color. very talented! and you know how to knit such beautiful socks! TALENTED..and blessed family that receives your gifts. :)


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