I had to make some Christmas presents, as I’m sure every crafter in the world was compelled to doing.
For some reason it was my knitting needles I turned to for the most part. That seems to happen to me every Christmas for some reason… I worked a couple of nice warm beanies in Rowan Felted Tweed DK (current favourite yarn) for the ‘boys’ and I worked a mock cable cowl in Rowan Big Wool which is a very nice yarn too and it worked up nice and fast as I worked it on a size 10 mm!
I even managed to get my tractor of a washing machine to work for the felting of my little Hippy Felt Bag. Although, after the second wash, which made very little impact, just like the first one, I did consider either working the process by hand or simply just binning the whole thing. Then I had a brainwave, even if it was on the the bizarre side as I gave it a last try with the aid of a pair of old summer flip-flops in the wash drum while living with ice and snow in sub-zero temperatures right outside the windows…
I tried to introduce a bit of hot cheer by crocheting a new version of Hamish The Lion in Rowan Milk Cotton, delicious yarn that, but the pea-soup weather prevails and is frightfully depressing. I mean, today we have some +10C which is too cold for flip-flops too so in my opinion we might as well have the crisp white fields to look at and gain the wonderful extra shine of light from the snow and the crisp healthy air which we have enjoyed for the last month or so.
I guess there is only one really good cure; seeing that the weather forecast does not exactly promise clear blue skies for the next while. What the cure is? A deep dive on the colourful yarn stash, what else?
Note: The felted hip bag is worked in ‘Austermann Creativ + Filtz’ which is lovely to work and felts easily, just not in my washing machine. It comes in some interesting colour-ways too.