Monthly Archives: December 2010

Back and forth

It’s the last day of the gregorian year. Time to look back at the year gone by and forth to the next years to come. First I’ll look back on the last week:

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate). I did. We celebrated at home on Christmas eve (which is custom in Denmark) with my mother and bonus-dad and my brother, sister in law and nephew. I haven’t spend Christmas Eve with my family for 10 years, so it was really nice. No pics, though. I was too busy to take any.

snow

A lot of now has fallen theis Chrismas. We have mixed feelings about it.

Everybody arrived in the afternoon and at 4pm, we all sat down in front of the TV to watch Disney’s Christmas Cartoons (we have been doing that all my childhood – and they have the same tradition in Dennis’ family, so nobody gets upset that we don’t go to church). We were eating chokolate and nuts and oranges and just enjoying watching the cartoons we know by heart by now.

After that we started setting the table and finishing up the preparation of dinner. We had pork roast and duck (again a tradition from both families) and medisterpølse which is a kind of sausage. With that white boiled potatoes, caramelised potatoes, red cabbage and of course the gravy (which is of very huge importance).

For dessert the traditional Ris a’la mande, a rice pudding in which we place one almond and the one who gets it, wins a price. Rasmus got it.

Then we cleared the table and lit the candles on the Christmas Tree. And the we started dancing around the tree. This is a big deal, as strange as it may seem for people outside Scandinavia, and we sing all the traditional carols (this is where you really show off how good you are at remembering the lyrics) and finish off by singing  “Nu’det jul igen” while we dance around the house, entering all the rooms. Take a look at the video. It’s not our family. But it could have been!

After this, presents were handed out, one at a time. In Dennis’ family all gifts must include a poem or a clue on the outside of the package, which you read aloud and then guess on the content. We included that tradition (which, I believe, is Swedish) – and it’s a lot of fun! My favorite was teh one rasmus had written on a gift for me, which turned out to be season 4 of Ugly Betty. It said: You are not ugly :-) Short and to the point!

Crafty content:

I had made the christmas napkins and I had also knitted a few gifts. For my bonus-dad, neckwarmer and hat. Both were knit in the wonderful ONION camel merino, which I will have in the shop very soon:

Gifts for my bonus dad. Made in ONION camel merino

For my mom, I had made a pair of FPK slippers, that I didn’t get a FO pic of.

I love getting presents. And from my wonderful husband I got two hard-to-get knitting books, that I’ve been searching for for quite some time:

My pressies from Dennis. The Zimmermann book was late, so he made me an IOU

Knitting from the top and The opinionated knitter.

On christmas day we drove to Sweden to spend a few days having Christmas Lunches with Dennis’ family. I had way too much schnaps and it took a few days for me to fully recover :-) But allin all I had a very nice Christmas and I don’t mind if I get to celebrate again in two years tiem (next year, we will probably go away to somewhere warm, when the kids are with the otehr parents).

Did you have a nice Christmas? Get any sewing or knitting presents?

Snow

Another lovely but very cold day. Unusual for December in Denmark. We usually get our snow in January and February, but now we have had the ground covered since Nov 19.
This is the view from my sewing room window right now!

Happy Equinox!

Today is the shortest of days. We have had lovely sunny weather and here is my Equinox Card to you:-)

I have been knitting tons of gifts that I’m eager to show you. And I finally have vacation, so I’ll be posting crafty stuff tomorrow!

Social knitting

Having a lovely Sunday afternoon knitting with Lisbeth at RizRaz in Copenhagen.

ETA: This was a test to see how posting via Iphone is working out.. Lousy pic. Sorry about that. .. But the food and the company was great, and it was lovely to just hang out and knit.

Big Epic Knitting Fail

It happened more than a week ago. I am not quite over it yet. It really hurts.

The raspberry jumper – which was supposed to be a loose fitting drapey jumper – shrunk.

I finished it. Tried it on. Perfect.

Just need a light blocking. Soak it. Then decide to spin it on the lowest cycle (like I often do with knits) before blocking it.

BIG mistake. It felted. Now it’s not loose and drapey and lovely. It’s stiff and tight.
Crying and cursing. Argh!

I can still wear it – and wore it at a Christmas Concert a few days ago. But it is not what I dreamt of.

Lesson Learned: Do not try anything on finished garment, that you haven’t done to the swatch.

Also: Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend: Bleed a lot (it really faded from the 5 minute soak) and is prone to felting. Now you know…

so sad so sad.

The gifts for women.. Christmas crafting part 3

This is part 3 of the handmade christmas (or homemade christmas.. which do you prefer?) series I am doing. I already took a look at gifts for men.

Now lets take a look at gifts for the women on my list..

- Mitts: I am knitting a lot of handwarmers/fingerless mittens and mittens for gifts. Mittens are relatively fast to knit and you can make them from small amounts of yarn and in a luxury yarn that suits the recipient. I have written about how I make one-skein-mitts HERE. But there are also my popular – and free – Mobile Mittens Knitting Pattern. You can easely adjust this and add a design to the back of the hand.

Mobile Mittens. Great for all sexes and ages.

- Project bags. I am making quite a few project (knitting) bags this year – I taught both my mom and my sister to knit socks, so they need proper way to store their knitting. I included stitchmarkers and measuring tape in the pouch. I also wrote a kind of basic pattern for the kind of toe-up-socks I do, and am adding this to the package. The project bags are either box bags or square-bottom-bags (without handles).

square bottom project bag

Make-up bags or wash bags. Made as the project bags – for the non-knitters. I am actually only doing on of those this year. But in earlier years I have done bags and included homemade lipbalm or homemade lotions and soaps. You could also knit a wash-cloth to go with the fabric of the bag, and then maybe include a nice soap (homemade or not).

- Kitchen-stuff: All of the kitchen stuff mentioned in the gifts-for-men post could be great gifts for some women. If you personalize the theme and the fabric to the person in mind. But you need to be carefull. I have given apron + potholders sets (to my mom, for instance, but she had asked me to make a set) but I know some women would be offended to get gifts that ties them to the kitchen.

- Slippers and fleece socks. The fleece socks would also be a good present for women with a cold house, but what I really love, are the French Press Felted Slippers (ravelry link) that I had planned on making as a gift this year – but I haven’t started them yet, so I don’t know if I’ll get to it in time…

This is my gift list. If you need more ideas – take a look at The Ultimate Handmade Gift Guide at SewMamaSew.

How are you doing on the gifts? I am almost there, but I am happy that I still have 13 days (remember – we celebrate on the 24th) to complete all the things I need to finish!