You may recognise some of the socks in this post from this post. At least they're finished now.
Ahem. I didn't quite live up to my self-imposed challenge of knitting a pair of socks for each month of the year. The first half of the year went well, with even an extra three pairs done! So, although I slowed down in the second half, I still had a pretty good output overall, methinks.
But by September I had realised that there were too many unfinished sock projects still on the needles, so I decided I'd have to spend the rest of the year finishing those I had already started. I also finished these...
It's hard to describe the thrill of guiding ma minette's first foray into sewing. At only six, she was so, so keen to try; so, so keen to do it herself 'I can do it, Nettie, let me do it'; and so, so happy with both the experience and the outcome.
We began our joint sewing venture with a secret xmas project for her mama. She immediately wanted to move on to other, rather more complicated things. 'Let's make a shirt for Perko.' mmm.
Given we were in gift-making mode, we started thinking of making soft toys for beloved little cousins. We asked Mr Google for images of monster softies. We pulled out some favourite soft toys for inspiration. Being six, the activity morphed into 'let's make a dolly for me'.
We talked about design and pattern making.
We talked about fabric and accoutrements.
I helped a little with some hand sewing of the button eyes, sewing the lingerie elastic mouth and fixing the woolly hair. But she did the rest. Her favourite part was the actual machine sewing.
She felt very pleased with herself. I felt so proud of her.
I look forward to more sewing adventures with our little sewist-in-training.
A wonderful weekend back in May was spent with friends, new and old, for a feast of laughter, knitting, eating, drinking and buying up yarn at the Old Bus Depot Markets Celebration of Wool day. Lauren had her gorgeous Knotty mitts with her, adapted from the Knotty Gloves pattern. Well, we all jumped on to the Knotty bandwagon, me included. I did make a pair, even though I only photographed one! Perfect for this sub zero weather. And red is warmer, don't you know.