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Mrs Organized I ams......so here's me feeling smug that I did indeed make a list of sorts of what week was what and indeed I forgot to photograph some makes (I am so so bad a remembering to photograph gifts before I hand them over!) and had to exchange a couple for baking...lots of baking then, but what is Christmas without lots of joyous mixing in the kitchen?
Scream if you wanna go faster!
Here we go!
Week 17 - stockings Ickle ones attached to and i-cord, knitted up from a free pattern available at Little Cotton Rabbits from the amazing Julie, famed for her delightful bunnies. I'd like to be her when I grow up. If I knit for the rest of my days I shall never be as neat as her but I shall endeavor to try.
Week 18 - hot water bottle cover Made up, could be better, say no more about it. My friend was pleased though...
Week 19 - pear brooch Should be with it's partner of a larger needlebook [both designed by me] but like I say RUBBISH at taking photos sometimes. A birthday gift for my mother-in-law.
Week 20 - wrist warmers Another pattern I got from Julies blog, a joy to knit! Christmas gifts for two lovely ladies.
Week 21 - door curtains One of two. I am very proud of these as they are "What I call" proper sewing and I've never done anything like this before, lined and everything! Gave it a go without instruction and am still in shock they a) look like curtains b) work like curtains and c) are not skew-wiffy!!!
Week 22 - christmas cake I've never made this before either as I don't like fruit cake. Obviously I baked it a while a go [the best smelling cake I've ever baked] as a huge ten inch square to be cut up and shared out with family and had to as I felt something was missing from my life as someone who bakes not to bake one of these each year. I admit to picking some of the fruit out as I eat it but it's very yummy. I suppose if I was ever going to enjoy a fruit cake it was going to have to be a home made one.
Week 23 - mini apple pies After confessing my loathing of dried fruit it's no surprise at Christmas time I don't make mince pies. These, my friends, are no inferior alternative. Delightful 'pop in your mouth' melting, citrusy, yumminess! From Nigella's 'before she became a caricature' Feast.
Week 24 - christmas cupcakes Man how I adore these. May well be my favourite cupcake ever, dense, chocolatey and slightly spiced. I've made them each year since Nigella's Domestic Goddess book came out and constrain myself by not making them at any other point of the year. You know traditions and all that.
Take a deep breath......lots more crafty delights planned for the 28 weeks left to do!
Here's to 2011 and I shall leave you with easily my favourite gift, given to me by a teenage boy.
A testament to what I am all about...