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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Knitting

This year is an "away" Christmas for almost everyone in my very large family. Because of this there are many "early" Christmas' scheduled during the weekends leading up to the big day. This means that I can finally blog about some of the Christmas knitting I've been doing since the recipients received their knits last weekend.

For a handful of ladies in my family I chose to knit the French Press Felted Slippers. This was my first felting project, I think the only reason it has taken me this long to learn to felt is because until now I hadn't really stumbled across anything that appealed to me. The verdict... you must make these slippers! If you are dedicated you can easily have a pair of slippers knit, seamed, and felted in less than one day. The pattern is easy to follow, the yarn is inexpensive, and the finished product is absolutely adorable. The girls loved them...

Last Christmas I set out to design each hand knit gift from scratch. Marian, Elizabeth, Frances, Aesderina and Nicholas were all named after their recipient. What a relief to have found a pattern that suits so many on my knit list. Although I can't say I haven't designed any Christmas gifts this year, I can't help myself...

...Liam has been waiting since last Christmas for a pair of his own pop-top mittens, this year I've written a pattern for very quick and easy mitts for men made from chunky yarn... the best part, they are super easy care, they can be washed and dried in the machine! (I'm not sure why his tongue is out, unfortunately this is the only picture I have of the finished mitts! lol)

It has been bitter cold here lately so I whipped up a pair of mittens for Elsie to match my Red is Best Mittens. They are really dear and she doesn't mind wearing them so I believe they are a huge success.

...I hope that everyone is making good progress with their Christmas knitting, for a stress free holiday season remember to be realistic and don't bite off more than you can chew!


  1. Cute stuff Jane! You Mustard Scarf has been my go-to gift this Christmas; I love it! I have 5 gifts to finish, but in reality only 3 have to be completed. And a pair of the Frech Press Slippers are waiting to be felted for me! Merry Christmas!

  2. LOVE the slippers! Oh my, oh my. These are going to be next in my queue, I think.

  3. I really love all those slippers! I'm definitely still plugging away on gifts. Luckily only half need to be done before actual Christmas--the rest of my family is all doing a late x-mas so I have a bit more time :)

    Alice @

  4. Love your blog! Aren't the felted slippers just awesome? I'm making them for gifts as well. They knit up so fast and are supper easy.

  5. Awwww... Hi Elsie! Love the mitts J. Hope we can see you soon, or in the new year.

  6. So, I stumbled across your blog and admiring how cute it was. I was thinking to myself "this girl has great style". Then I got to this post only to find my slippers- what a nice surprise! Lovely blog, I will be stopping by!