Sunday, December 20, 2009

tidings of comfort and joy

I knitted a hat. It took less than a week. Which is handy because it snowed. Yes, in London. Before Christmas. It settled and everything (Don't believe Hollywood London: most years we have no snow at all).

wearing selbu beanie

It's supposed to be Selbu Modern, but because my normally abnormally-super-loose gauge gets abnormally-super-tight as soon as I do colourwork, it's more of a Selbu beanie. Which is at least useful for wearing under my bicycle helmet in the cold. It's also slightly square at the top, but that's due to rubbish blocking (might re-block on a balloon or something). Details of yarn, etc on ravelry project page.

mince pies

Mince pies! Made by Kirsty, not me. Though the flaky-lightness of the pastry is at least partly due to me. Tip from one of my students: use vodka instead of water in pastry. Works really well. The mince pies were for a small Christmas party we held this afternoon/evening. Both Lara and Felix had to cry off ill, but we still had a house full (including Emms) of merry-makers.

biscuits, cake, lights

Above is a before shot, some chocolate fruit cake (from Feast. Sounds wrong, but really, really works) surrounded by a pile of pfeffernüsse (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's recipe), and lights draped over our staircase in the background. We also had gingerbread, dundee cake, goblets of mulled wine and about a trillion other things. Very full now. Signs of the remains are below. Season's Greetings to you all.

end of party

13 comments:

Jodi said...

What a lovely Selbu beanie! The colors are so sophisticated and classy.

Happy holidays!

Rainy Daisy said...

Love the beanie. Your color combinations are always so sophisticated looking to me. Yes, including the bee sweater. I don't know how you do it.

emmms said...

I'm still dreaming of that gingerbread -- yum!!

Daisy said...

Love the colours you've chosen for the beanie!

Christina Scovel said...

Happy holidays. Your photos are wonderful!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

So many tasty treats here, I don't know which one to comment upon first! Glad you got to wear your Selbu in some bona fide snow:)

Knittripps said...

Happy Holidays!

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I think you are lucky because you are from London. I just love that city, it's one of the biggest cities in my heart. I still remembering my city and this blog bring me back that memories.

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