HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Now that all my recipients have unwrapped their gifts, I can post the pictures here.
Most presents were finished in plenty of time, except for the knit scarf I sat trying to finish all day on the 23rd of December…While it was stressful at times, I really had an enjoyable day watching hours and hours of Christmas movies.
The one gift that is not yet complete, is this Gryffindor blanket. It is my first real piece of colour-work, or tapestry crochet and the crest took much longer than I expected. Before the holidays I only worked on it while home alone, but can now work on it at any time which is speeding up the process. The image was taken off google and run through this program, which charts any image you upload!
Overall, we did pretty well with low-waste gifting. Most presents were handmade and others were locally sourced art such as the Arran Stonemen we purchased from Reg Morgan’s workshop (and effectively, gallery) on the Isle of Arran. The variety and detail in his work is amazing and browsing for the perfect gift is almost magical. A few others received books and recyclable (cardboard) gift-cards. Next year, I’d like to work even more locally and hand-made, but I’m proud of our efforts this year.
Other gifts made: A knitting needle roll, local wool scarf and beanie set (orange), a jean rag-rug, hacky sack (dried mung beans are the perfect weight and shape for the fill), and the aforementioned matching brown scarves in knit and crochet.