Wednesday, 19 November 2014

WOYWW Jingle Bells All The Way

This week, crafting depends on who's in the room with me! I'm surrounded by felt holly at the mo, making a dozen brooches for girl friends, to put with a jar of home made, festive chutney.

So, these get shoved in a corner if a friend drops by

This prototype is not sewn together yet, and I think I'll just put two leaves per brooch - reckon this one looks a bit weird! Mind you, I know the button 'berry' is far too large, but it's too shiny and luscious not to use.

and this pile are waiting their trimmings

As soon as Mum goes for a sleep, out comes her hat and mittens set. This is yarn I'd used for DD1's Christmas socks, and the colour combo and softness are perfect for a 90 year old in the cold weather. 

When DH is out, I work on his Christmas pressie, a pair of socks (no pic). I'm doing them on larger needles and thicker yarn than I'm using for these, for me. This is what comes out when everyone is around LOL! The humungous ball was given to me, and I originally thought of making a baby/toddler jumper, but decided the colour change (every couple of stitches) was too busy for a little person. However, I love it made up as adult socks.

The hexie quilt has gone on the back burner, as DD1 will be moving house in the new year so, rather than finishing it for her Christmas pressie, it will make a great 'new home' one.

I hope you're enjoying the run up to the festivities, and not feeling too stressed. Take a leaf out of Rosie's book - but don't be quite as chilled - she's fallen off the back of the sofa twice yesterday, she was so fast asleep! 

I hope to catch up with you all over at Julia's today or tomorrow, for a virtual cuppa. If you don't know about WOYWW yet (where have you been?? LOL!!) just click on the button on my side bar, and be transported around the globe, for an amazing, weekly blogfest.

Hugs, blessings and have a great week. Chris xx 


  1. I think Rosa's got the right idea.Poor darlin' falling off the back of the couch!Nice quiet run-up to Christmas here.No work dinners etc!Retirement is NICE!!

  2. Wow, you have quite a few things going on there! I love Rosie...I could sleep for a month is how I am feeling right now and I will make sure it is in my bed, so I don't fall off the sofa! LOL #7

  3. your post did make me smile, your knitting projects sound like they're going in and out of hiding like yo-yo's!! It must be very confusing.... Love your chilled out kitty. Helen 4

  4. WOW lots of stuff cooking around your house…interesting how you manage to keep them all hidden from the ones you are making them for. I am making the youngest granddaughter a scarf today…hopefully be able to make the oldest granddaughters tomorrow. We decided to make all Christmas gifts this year except for getting the babies some toy or something. Looking forward to seeing the finished projects. Have a great week. Vickie #17

  5. I am loving wearing my socks - close call the other day when I wasn't feeling great so DH moved some stuff over from washer to dryer for me. Luckily he is a bit clueless and it ran on a 30 minute cycle and was wet enough it was nowhere near dry at the end. Good darn thing as TWO pairs of my hand knit socks were in the load. They could have ended up felted to fit a barbie doll. Phew. :)

    Happy happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (1)
    PS If you are a Blogger blogger and logged in to Blogger - or any Google account - you won't see word verification. Just us non-Goggle folk. But I've gone back to an old, no longer supported Browser and the word verification has disappeared again, for a while. :)

  6. hehehe it's great to be able to sleep like a cat - anywhere, anytime and able to spring back into action in an instant! Love how you have all your different secret projects going on, it's always wonderful to receive a hand made gift, very special. Happy WOYWW :o) Annie C #31

  7. Gorgeous knitting and super cute kitty. Felting is all new to me and lovely to see what you are creating.
    sandra de @21

  8. Goodness, you have got a lot on the go! I love the holly brooch idea - they look so sweet, and your knitting is lovely - the yarn for the scarf set is beautiful and very wintery! Hope you have a great week,
    Diana #32

  9. Lovely crafty projects! Rosie is just too cute! Looks so cushy! Have a wonderful week! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #39

  10. Two leaves, or maybe even three but not in a triangle, would be better for the ornament I think... LOVE IT!!! Love everything you are working in, I can almost 'see' you go from one project to the other! Sorry that I did not stop by last week... time just slipped through my hands. Did I make it up to you by commenting now? Hope so! Happy woyww and a hug from Holland, Marit #44

  11. Happy WOYWW. Hope you eventually get the right amount of time to finish each project. I would get very mixed up. Ali x #42

  12. I love the way you have to coordinate your crafting according to your family's schedules! Only way to keep it all secret, I suppose! Love the thought if your cat falling off the sofa, that made me laugh ;-)
    Hugs, LLJ 18 xx

  13. All the knitting looks fab and the holly brooch looks lovely - I must admit I always like three leaves on my holly and my favourite holly dies and punches all have three leaves

    Have a good week
    KraftyKaren #58

  14. Rosie is so cozy! I do envy your beautiful sock making too--maybe someday I will try it. Don't you love being surrounded by the Christmas crafts? One of my favorite times of year. Hugs! Happy Wednesday! Sandy Leigh #53

  15. I know that feeling! I'm in stealth mode with my crafting at the moment too. Lovely makes. Thanks for stopping by today.

    Fiona #22

  16. Your knitting is just fabulous! Great looking projects! Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #48

  17. Wonderful warm and cozy gifts you're working on. LOVE the colors and the softness of the yarn for you Mum's pressie.
    Thanks for the earlier visit this week and the lovely comment.
    Krisha #5

  18. Wow you really are busy! Watch it, that you get enough sleep!! Your projects are so beautiful, Chris! You will make many people happy!
    Thanks for your visit
    Gabriele 26

  19. Hi Chris, love that random coloured yarn, gorgeous. Rosie looks comfy, what a life!
    Thanks for the visit and have a great crafty week, Angela x 28

  20. Love the holly and fabulous knitting. What a gorgeous kitty too! TFS

    Karon #49
    Karon's Krafty Korner

  21. You make the felt come to life. That is one area, I have never delved into...hmm you may have just inspired me to try. Lovely knitting. {something else I don't, can't do lol} Keep smiling and creating

  22. How do you remember which goes away or comes out and when? I am exhausted just reading this. Thank you for your visit and lovely comments. Have a good week. xx Maggie

  23. Gosh, you're doing so many things! Do you think you can finish it all just in the time people are sleeping, without them seeing?
    Those felt holly leaves are really sweet. I like the huge berry actually.
    Thanks for visiting earlier. Feel free to borrow the quote. The author is Baltasar Gracian. I've not been able to find it in English so I translated it myself. Please check the spelling of the word ' creek' as that might be a little river....
    I'm going to be as relaxed as Rosie about Christmas. I've lived in the UK for many years and I know what a hoo-ha the run up to Christmas is. To be honest, I'm not missing it at all.
    Have a lovely week and God bless you.

  24. I'm sitting down for while for the first time today having just got home from my day with the twinnie what better to do than catch up with as many blogs as I can? :-)
    You seem to have so many wonderful projects on the go at once....think I'd get confused and knit the wrong pattern :-)
    Annie x # 19

  25. Wow, fall off once, find somewhere else to sleep...!!
    You are a busy bee, everybody is going to weonder how on earth you managed all this secret stitching. I think the third holly leaf will work, but at a less acute angle. On the other hand, it's a third less to do.....!

  26. I love the fact that you are making all these secret Santa pressies and have to hide them when the recipients are around. They are all going to love them I'm sure. Your holly brooches are gorgeous.
    Thanks for stopping by already.
    hugs Lisax #38

  27. Love visiting with everyone. All so inspirational. And so many ideas about desk doo dads

    Pat #65

  28. Hi thanks for visiting earlier ! Well you are really having to duck & dive to get those Christmas pressies made without the recipients knowing !! Hope you find the furtive time to get them all finished !! Have a great week ! Ali #20

  29. Oh! I love Christmas secrets! You seem to have your presents all organised - such fun hiding them! Thanks for visiting, Chris 64

  30. I love how you are doing different projects like that- mine are all dependent on what time of day it is :-) Just not enough hours for me. I am stressing a bit - couldn't go to sleep last night. Still awake a 5 this morning - ridiculous. Thanks for visiting. Anne x #34

  31. What a busy space. I love the knitting! And the sweet sleeping kitty! Thanks so for sharing!
    Glenda #40

  32. I am kind of grinning that you have to hide all your preset work :) I very rarely have that problem everyone I know is so spread out the older we get. those are going to be such nice things for all of them. ( ps I dont think that button is too large for the holly either) ~Stacy #63

  33. Lol Chris - loved this post! So funny! First of all Rosie, bless her... kitties never learn do they! Ha ha! Also, your present juggling - hastily putting things away when people come so they don't see them, and then getting things out when certain people are out... Life must be extremely complicated in your house at the moment lol! Just remember who is allowed to see what or you'll get totally confused and everyone's surprises will be spoilt!!

    Thanks for your lovely encouraging comment on my blog. I don't let my illness get me down, and when I'm not well enough to actually do anything, I am on the computer getting ideas and learning new techniques etc. Except for last Sun. when I couldn't keep my eyes open all day and couldn't even stay awake to watch TV. Better today, anyhow.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #33

  34. I love the idea of those brooches. You are really busy with all that secret knitting :)
    Have a great week,
    Von #23

  35. Wow! That's a lot of stuff going on, I'm glad I don't have to hide the goods from people. Well except dh, his stuff does have to be tucked away.

    Thanks for popping by!
    Angie #57

  36. Hi Chris, thanks for popping by my WOYWW and leaving me a sweet comment. If all goes well those wire baskets will be awesome... it will probably end up being a future WOYWW, LOL!
    I love the way the projects shift according to who is in the house at the time! :D
    Rosie is so cute... she reminds me of my Raphael who sleeps like a rock as well!!
    Beth P

  37. Aaaw, poor Rosie, falling off the back of the sofa... my cats never fall off... maybe they don't sleep heavy enough? She looks very contented near the radiator! Wow to all the lovely projects/gifts you are making, you put us all to shame! :( Annette #11

  38. Looks like you have been busy with your knitting and brooches.

    Rosie looks so comfortable. As to her falling off, Polly (my Greyhound) seems to think that is hilarious:)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #71

  39. Hi Chris thanks for the visit., are a busy lady and being sneaky too - good on you, I always like surprises. Cute brooches and yes I agree with the variegated wool suiting your mum and hubby. Have a great week Robyn

  40. Chris, what absolutely gorgeous colours for the knitting, super socks happening there.
    Thanks for popping by my desk and yes the first birthday card worked out well, will share it next week.
    Bless you
    Chris #25

  41. Love all your projects! Lovely gift for your mom.

  42. ha ha thc working on 20 projects sneakyseason is upon us iin earnnrst isnt it... loook forward to seeing thsm all finished .... so do you i expect too
    janet @15

  43. Thanks for visiting my blog and for yourvery nice comments. The craft fair did go well. Now I would love to be like Rosie and just crash on the couch! Your Christmas gifts are all lovely. The recipients are lucky people. I think the holly on the chutney jars idea is wonderful! My DIL has told me that if I never give her anything but my homemade jam she will be happy forever. :0) Homemade gifts from the heart are the best kind. Nann45

  44. I just love the colour of that bluey grey wool. Gorgeous!

    Thanks for stopping by to see me already.

    Carmen x #52

  45. Hehehe hide and not seek at your house until Christmas :) I'm playing catch up with visiting this week. Thank you for popping by Anita #35

  46. Hi Chris,

    Wow - so many projects in the works. I don't think the berry is too big for the felt brooch - it's perfect! Your friends will be tickled, I'm sure. Your knitting is beautiful. I imagine everyone will love their gifts. Your mum's hat and mittens sound perfect for those cold, damp days.

    Thank you for visiting me earlier. I'm slowly making my way around to desks. It will be an all weekend affair!
    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Peace, Kay (12)

  47. I'm so impressed with all your Christmas makes and Rosie is gorgeous.

  48. Oh yes, it is tricky making gifts for folks who won't go away long enough for you to work on their projects, lol.

    Rosie is darling, she looks a lot like our Oliver who isn't well and has taken to sleeping in all kinds of strange places. ;-)

    Thanks for your visit to my blog and for the nice comments. Sorry I'm late visiting this week.

    Happy belated Woyww,

    Sandy #51

  49. Your post really made me laugh! Hope you get everything done in time for all the recipients. Love the brooches, very sweet. Sorry to be so late this week (last week??). See you again tomorrow no doubt!