December seems to have been a month for making hats.
A couple of weeks ago I met up with my older sister, Sonia, so we could sit down and have a cup of coffee in a local cafe as we hadn't seen each other for a while. I wore my red, crocheted Lucy Cloche hat. Sonia admired it and asked if I would make her one, in autumn colours, so I said that yes, I would. A few days later, I went round to my parents' house and wore my hat. My mother admired it and asked if I would make her one, to match her coat, which is navy blue and pink patterned, so I said that yes, I would!
I went home and ordered some appropriately-coloured yarn from Deramores and a few days later (because their customer service is so good) a package turned up.
I started Sonia's hat last Monday at knitting group and by Tuesday night it was finished apart from sewing on the flower. On Wednesday, I started my mother's hat and finished it off this morning. Although I hadn't planned on making these as Christmas gifts (we don't exchange gifts between the adults on my side of the family), because they're both finished, I'm going to wrap them up in festive paper before handing them over.
It's onwards to Christmas preparations now. I'm sure that I'm like many of your out there who find the days leading up to Christmas rather busy and stressful. There just seems to be so much to do and it all takes more time than I think it will. I suddenly remembered this morning that I hadn't blocked the scarf I've made for hubby's stepmother, so that's now pinned out on mats on my bed and I hope it'll be dry by tonight.
There will be eight of us for Christmas lunch and dinner, so I'm busy making a shopping list, as well as a list of jobs that need doing.
Today is my husband's birthday and he got home from Manchester (where he's been working Mon-Fri for the last few weeks) two hours earlier than expected. While it was lovely that he was home so soon, it did drive me into panic mode as I hadn't wrapped his birthday presents and they were lying on our bed with the intention that I'd do that job while the girls were eating their dinner. Cue me rushing into the hall and giving him the rather startingly welcome of "don't go in the bedroom"!
Tomorrow is DD1's birthday (and I haven't wrapped her presents yet either) and I can't believe she'll be a teenager. Where has the time gone?
I haven't wrapped Christmas presents either - can you spot a theme? - and I need to get on and do the ones for my nephews today so I can take them round to my parents' house tomorrow morning when I go and collect our Christmas Dinner turkey as my parents are at my sister's house on Christmas Eve.
I suppose I'd better get going and try and tick off some more of the tasks on my Jobs To Do list before I go off to work this evening. Yes, I'm doing my usual two shifts at Tesco this weekend. 6pm-11.15pm this evening and 1pm-6pm tomorrow. I'm anticipating that it will be very busy in the shop, especially tomorrow (it's a Tesco Express) as people rush about doing their last-minute shopping so they don't have to go out on Christmas Eve.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and that Father Christmas brings you lots of knitting things. I'm hoping that he'll bring me some Brooklyn Tweed Loft yarn - I did ask hubby to pass on the website address for Loop London :D