Sunday, December 23, 2007

PRESENTS!

PRESENTS

I know it's early, but yesterday was Christmas-with-friends, before we all end up having our Christmas-with-families.

As it turned out, our pile was entirely fabric and yarny goodness. Plus, we manged to solve that ever-so-tricky question: what does one knit for a knitter? Turns out the simple answer is you make stuff they won't knit themselves. Just because you have the skills doesn't mean you'll have the time or inclination.

For example, flatmate-Kirsty won't knit socks. She could. In fact I suspect she'd really enjoy it. I also know she likes wearing hand-knit socks because she's still not given me back the wonderland pair I lent her after the photoshoot back in September. Every time sock-knitting is mentioned she shakes her head in incredulity and mutters something about jumpers. So, I made her these:

stripy socks

I said she could keep the wonderlands too. It being the season of giving and all (and it didn't look like I was going to get them back). I'd also been saving some Japanese cotton for her, covered in cartoons of little animals in various forms of peril (burning, drowning - they're cute but also somewhat disturbing). In fact, we both did pretty well for fabrics walking the macabre/ beautiful line - Kirsty's cousin brought us back some amazing Day of the Dead prints from LA.

And Kirsty's gift to me? This gorgeous alpaca hot-water-bottle-cover. I've been meaning to make one or myself since I did one for my mother last year. But just haven't got around to it (kept getting distracted by socks...)

hotwaterbottle cover

13 comments:

Veronique said...

Wow, fantastic gifts! The fabric of animals in danger sounds very interesting... Maybe a quick pic on Flickr? ;)
Happy Holidays Alice!

Oiyi said...

Very nice gifts! I think it's a great idea to knit something for a knitter that they won't knit themselves. I tend to do that for one of my knitter friend.

gleek said...

nice gifties! merry christmas!

schrodinger said...

Niiiiice!!

Merry Christmas to you.

Lindsey said...

Love the herringbone pattern on the bottle cover! It's so pretty!!

Merry Christmas!

Liz said...
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Liz said...

If you want any ideas for your flatmate for next year she has a similar reaction to lace!

annmarie said...

oh you lucky thing to receive such a beautiful bottle cover! What a lovely thing to cuddle up with. :)

Jane said...

*love* *love* *love* the socks - doesn't brown make everything seem more yummy and chocolate-like?

purls said...

The wrapping on those gifts is gorgeous.

Happy New Year when it comes!

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