So it's over for another year. I have to say that when I was a child I could never understand why my mother seemed so frazzled at Christmas. "Christmas," I thought to myself in my childish way, "is fun, what on earth is the problem???" Well, it's amazing how much better we understand out mothers as we get older. I have had a wonderful few days, beautiful presents, fabulous food, but now we are all exhausted. I haven't even got the energy to turn off cbeebies, to be honest I think that a morning of time wasting in front of the tv might be just what my little princesses need.
Onwards ever onwards, I have a finished object to share, my Christmas shawl. It did not get finished in time for Christmas or even Boxing Day but I am very pleased with it. It is from this pattern and uses King Cole Galaxy in red. I was pleasantly surprised how easy this yarn was to crochet with, sequins and all. In the end I used three full balls. I didn't block because I liked the density of the pattern as it was and I did not bother with the very last row of the pattern because I tried it and felt it was unnecessary, especially as it would have meant starting a whole new ball.
If I might gush for a minute, the South Bay Shawlette pattern is completely lovely. It is easy to follow, just interesting enough without meaning that I either got bored or could not watch TV while doing it. I honestly enjoyed every single stitch. It does require some attention, I had to unpick two whole rows quite near the end because I was foolish enough to try and make it while suffering from a stinking cold. This was a horrible task not so much because the work was wasted as because the Galaxy was a nightmare to unpick and I lost a few of the sequins in the process and had to break the yarn in one place. The pattern itself was a joy though and so pretty. If you have ever vaguely considered making a shawl I would give this one a go. The diagram is self explanatory to those of us with even the most rudimentary knowledge of how to read them, far easier to follow than the written pattern.
I did ask Mr HT to take a picture of me wearing it but L looks so much better that I thought I'd use this one instead. Bless her, she did not receive her two front teeth for Christmas but she and her sister seemed happy nevertheless.