I feel a bit of a fraud for adding this to the One A Day linky on Carole's wonderful blog but I just wanted to let the lovely people over there know that I have had to "rest" my One A Day project for the moment to concentrate on my Christmas Crafts. This year I am planning to make most of my presents, I showed the first completed one in my last post. I suppose that the children in my family will require some money / plastic tat but the rest of them will be receiving handmade loveliness whether they like it or not. Even the men. I'm not sure what I am going to do for them yet though.
Anyway, I would just like to show you my Disaster Bag (details here). I started this in the hope that the Paton's Smoothie would make a good (cheap) alternative to the King Cole Bamboo Cotton but it didn't frankly. I quite like it though and it's the perfect build for a project bag so that is what it has become. I winged the thick strap but actually it's good because I can sling it over my shoulder for crochet group and it's comfy to carry. It also meant that I didn't waste a scrap of the smoothie, I just kept lengthening the strap until it was all used.
Nestled in the second picture you can see some of the yarn I will be using for the Christmas presents. I seem to have an obsession with the King Cole at the moment but it suits my tight gauge because it is comparatively fine, my favourite LYS stocks lots of it and I like the colours. You can just see a little glimpse of my owl brooch displayed on the bag. It was left to me by my God-mother and Great Aunt who died a couple of months ago and I think I will keep it on there, at least for now, to remind me of her. I've got a little needlecase which belonged to my Grandmother which gets almost daily use now as well. I'd love to have something from my other Grandmother to remind me of her when I craft but I have nothing like that at the moment, though I am fortunate to have some other things of hers. I wish I had treasured my old ladies more, I really do.
And finally, I just wanted to show you a picture of my little crochet patch. I got my project out last night, went off to get a beer, and when I came back I was really pleased at how inviting and cosy it looked...
I will be interested to see how the others are getting on with their One A Days today, am I the only one who has had to temporarily jump ship to concentrate on my Christmas Crafting?