As usual, I plan on making a significant proportion of Christmas presents, although with better reason this year than previously.
If you read my last blog post you will remember that we have accepted an offer on our house and, predictably, the new owners would like to move in before Christmas. This presents more than one problem:
a) we host a big family Christmas every year
b) the purchase of our new place is uncertain/complicated so we will be in temporary rented accommodation
c) we need to save as much as possible for the move
Focusing on ‘c’ means handmade will need to preside, and on a budget, too. All you Makers out there will know instantly that the two, ‘handmade’ and ‘budget’, don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand as raw materials are often very expensive. That said, if I research carefully, I should be able to find some bargains – and my time is free (only when making presents!).
And so, on to my first Finished Off!
This 200g ball of Batik Swirl yarn in ‘Rainbow’ by Stylecraft cost just £8.99, and the pattern #9484 an additional £2.99. It’s an 80/20 mix of acrylic/wool so will wash well.
Because the yarn is self-striping, it makes for a quicker knit and all that stocking stitch in the main body is pretty much a mindless task in front of the tele of an evening.
The sleeves are a Godsend after some boring knitting and you relish the thought of a bit of cable to keep up the momentum.
Yes, I know it all looks a little weird because of the lack of symmetry in the colours, but stay with me….
I’m pleased to say that I have mastered the art of seaming and will admit that many a jumper in the past has lain in the depths of my wardrobe, unworn, due to bad finishing.
Not any more – how neat is this?!
All the ends woven in….
….and a label sewn in craft-style for good measure.
A quick steam-block and here it is.
Obviously, the back is different to the front, but I rather like that.
Close up of the cabled sleeves.
So there you are – first Christmas present in the bag, so to speak, and for the bargain price of £11.98.
How are you getting on with your handmade gifts this year?