Getting Festive

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Every year I put together a few little lists of great gifts I have spotted for crafty friends. Sometimes I message their partners and helpfully hint that I might have solved their gift dilemmas – all they need to do is read my blog.

This year I have loved expanding my online shop and pattern range. I don’t think it is too indulgent to point you in the direction of the gifts I have put together for my blog readers and lovely customers.

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Firstly lets talk kits – my favourite kind of gift. The sort of present that illicit ‘ooo’s’ and ‘ahhh’s’ from crafty people. The sort of present that is perfect to start on boxing day curled up in front of the fire with a festive movie. I put together a Beginners Crochet set – all the things you need to get going with this wonderful hobby. The set includes a signed copy of my book – How To Crochet and the yarn, stuffing and toy eyes to complete the amigurumi bunny pattern inside. You also get two splendid balls of cotton yarn and my favourite 3.5mm Clover Soft Touch crochet hook. With this yarn, beginners can start having a go at granny squares and practicing their stitches.

If you really want to spoil someone, why not purchase the Premium set which includes all those items and a gorgeous craft bag and beautiful needlework scissors. I cannot think of anything nicer.

For the seasoned crafter, then the beautiful hand-turned pin cushion is just the thing. Made by my friend Joel – I have just a few bespoke pincushions in my shop. I always need my tapestry needles and pins to hand that I have almost a pincushion in every room. The base is hand-turned in oak and the centre has sustainable cork to keep pins and needles firmly in place. A thing of beauty, I am sure this pincushion will become an heirloom.

If you are not crafty but love to give handmade items as gifts, then I might be able to help you out. These are the items that I love to give. A jaunty handmade crochet cactus. Sat amongst other houseplants it always amuses visitors to our house – is it real….is it woolly?

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Every year I make a few knitted Christmas Pudding hats for the small people in my life. My son and nephew still wear theirs in the run up to Christmas. I wonder how they still fit! But there is nothing more delightful to keep your ears warm in December.

Finally for the tea drinker in your life. Why not put a handmade tea-cosy in your basket. Very practical, but also very heart warming to see on the kitchen table. Surely there is nothing nicer than a handmade gift!

For my followers I have added a new downloadable pattern and kit. I made the ‘Driving Home for Christmas Car’ as a tree ornament as a gift for my son. But finally…finally after much nagging I have written up the pattern. You can buy this either as a downloadable pattern or buy the kit with all the bits and pieces included. I do hope you like it.

So there you go – a few little items to add to your list. Do pop into the shop to see what you can find. There are of course the signed books, postcards and my best-selling toy kits. I just love seeing what you make!

Happy Festive Preparations!

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