Things are beginning to look a little festive round here,
no tree just yet,
but the Christmas Pixies are back.
The collection grows a little each year with another Pixie joining the family
and I love it when they come out of hiding just before Christmas to
bring their festive cheer to my kitchen.
The tree will hopefully follow this week and having decided to spread the decorating out a bit this year I am really enjoying the slower pace of getting the house ready for Christmas.
The Christmas present list is getting a little smaller as things get finished and ticked off one by one
- but of course it goes without saying that I wish I'd started a little earlier !
Two needles have taken the place of one hook lately as I have enjoyed getting to grips with one of the patterns in the gorgeous book of Christmas makes that arrived on my doorstep a couple of weeks ago.
Hayfields Knit Christmas, The big book of little Knits has some really beautiful patterns in it and the hot water bottle covers were the first thing that jumped out at me.
The patterns are really clear to understand and it didn't take long to cast on the few stitches needed and get started.
I wanted to slightly alter my pattern to enable the cover to be kept on when filling the bottle so I went a little 'off piste' when it got to the shaping at the top.
I particularly like this pattern because it has the little opening at the back
- perfect for slipping chilly hands into on those winter nights.
I used a DK wool that I had won in Mitzi's Giveaway way back in the summer
as it's lovely and soft and was exactly the colour that I had in mind.
It all knitted up very quickly but a little extra something was needed.
So some little cream spots were hastily crocheted ...
... a little ruffle was added around the top ...
... and ...
Ta- dah !
A quick search on Ebay discovered hot water bottles for sale for less than £2.00,
and that was it I was off ....
Still can't decide which one I like the best,
spots or hearts, hearts or spots...
think I'm probably veering more to the spots at the moment !
Anyway, enough chit chat there's lot to be done..
... it's not long now !