Well, it's getting closer to C-Day and yet it's still not looking very Christmassy here.
Just a few little touches starting to appear, but I'm aware that I should be a lot more ahead than I am.
And that's because even though I have been pretty busy Christmas shopping, with most of the presents, food and drink now bought, I am rather guilty of getting side-tracked with other things.
And this crochet book by Nicky Trench is to blame!
I have been dying to have a go at crocheting these pretty lacy gloves ever since the book arrived a couple of months ago.
And then I thought they would make an ideal present for my sister, so here they are in all their soft mauve glory!
(It's OK, she rarely has time to read my blog so she won't see them!)
As with anything I make, whether it be food, sewing or crocheting, I am incapable of following instructions without resisting the urge to change them and put my own stamp on whatever it is.
With these gloves I decided that as pretty as the lacy finger-less edges were, I wanted a scallopy shell edging.
So I added one.
I made a crochet scarf for my sister a couple of years ago, and this colour is one that is in it, so they should match her scarf.
I hope she likes them!
This young man has been keeping close whilst I have been on my "crochet roll" in the evenings.
And these colour yarns from my stash inspired the next project I made this week from the same book.
Again, one that I have wanted to make ever since the Nicky Trench book arrived - a cafetiere cover.
My version below
And here we have the "gillyflower" touch - ad-libbed vertical stripes at the handle, but this time not because I wanted to add them, but because I had to.
Cosy in my chair all ready to crochet, I was too lazy to get up and measure my cafetiere, and so just trusted that mine was the same size as the one in the book.
It made up so quickly, and before I knew it I had finished it in an hour or two whilst watching TV.
But sadly it was too long.......and not wide enough!
So.......after some very careful measuring and fitting this time, rather than undo all my work, I added vertical stripes, turned it up at the bottom, sewed on a button (as per the pattern), and hoped for the best!
And a lesson learnt too - measure first and don't make assumptions!
Still need to get the "real" tree for the hall, but the fake one is looking very cheery with its "bung it all on, the more the merrier, tasteless and all" decor!
Which includes red crocheted baubles that I made a few years ago, and Bella's favourite electric blue velvet deer! (see first tree photo above!)
So tasteful! (not!)
The vintage Christmas tablecloth bought at the Flea market the other day is now in use.....
For a change from the traditional dark red Poinsettia, I bought a creamy/ pale yellowy/ lime greeny one - the photo doesn't do the gorgeous colour justice!
Hope your Christmas preparations are more ahead than mine!