Let me help you with your Gift Knitting

I know, I know some of you will curse me for merely mentioning gift knitting! Equally some of you will be sitting there feeling a little bit smug, knowing that you have kept your gift knitting plans to a manageable level (or so you think) and that you stand every chance of being finished my December 1st.   After all that’s what we all aim for isn’t it?

Any way,  I am currently sitting with a foot firmly in each camp, “how can that be?” I hear you asking.  Well I have finished my gift knitting!  Ok, it is a birthday gift (due tomorrow) and it is crochet.  The only thing denting that warm smug feeling is that it is still sitting in ‘my den’.  Flu has delayed play this week,  I am currently day three in my pj’s looking like I am auditioning for the part of Rudolph in the panto.  Nothing is getting done here 🙁

You have already seen an in-progress shot of the Half Granny Shawl by Anastacia Zittel.  It is for my best friend Angela’s birthday tomorrow.  It really was a dream to work, perfect TV crochet with the yarn doing all the colour changing.  I already have the yarn for another one!

half granny shawl

half granny shawl

Last night I managed to make some gift tags, so I thought I would share them with you.  You can download a sheet of these little gift labels and print them onto card or linen effect paper (my personal favourite).  They will add that personal finishing touch to your handmade gifts.

gift label

There is one other way I can help you with your gift knitting.  Remember that sinking feeling you get every year when you realise that you are not going to complete those Fair Isle, beaded, over the heel socks with lace inserts that you had so wanted to make for your Grant Aunt Lily.  Hold onto that feeling and KEEP IT REAL.

gift tag

Happy Birthday Ange,  I hope your day is as wonderfully special and fun filled as you are xx

gift labels

Crochet in Progress and the tortoise in crochet, well it is Wednesday!

Ready for your weekly dose of wacky, wild and whimsical Wednesdayness?


Instant Gratification

Despite having to sack my house elves this week, I have managed some me time this week. I wanted to make something that would grow quickly, not take too much brain power and would look cool with my autumn wardrobe.

A quick look on Ravelry resulted in this beautiful find, the Half Granny Square Shawl by Anastacia Zittel. It is working up really nicely. I am using Zauberball sock yarn and a 4mm crochet hook the pattern is very intuitive. Why not have a go yourself, Anastacia has very generously offered it as a free pattern. I would love to see your finished shawls, why not post a picture on my Facebook page.

In other news

Tonight is the launch of my new knitting, crochet and sewing group. I am really looking forward to meeting all my new crafty friends. We are pretty much full for tonight’s group, but there are places still available for future meetings https://bookwhen.com/knit-southend, follow the link for further details and booking information.

Katie’s cute and funny picture for this week is in keeping with crochet theme……


Enjoy the rest of your week fellow hookers and stabbers.

Jane x