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And another one bites the dust

Another Christmas present has been finished! I’m getting slightly fidgety at how well it’s all going… I’m completely on track, which I think I think is less like me than it actually is. Although I can’t be bothered to go through the blog to see if everything was done on time last year or the year before, so I’ll leave it all there.

tomchristmas1Tom’s Advent calender is completely finished, which is good because my self-impsoed deadline for posting it is tomorrow 🙂 I already have plans about how to improve this (next year I’ll try to embroider numbers on it, in some sort of glittery thread), and however Tom thinks it could be improved upon 🙂

I also got my piece of embroidery back from the framers on Monday, so yay for that! I’m visiting my aunt at the begnning of December, so I’ll give it to her then, rather than post it, but it’s good to have it ready here.

wendy2Now on to the next present- a cushion for my American pen-pal. I have a week and a half to finish this is, as we agreed to post presents to each other at the start of December, to make sure they arrive on time. This gives me a week to make a number of squares(I’m doing pansies as she said that her favourite colours are green, yellow and purple), then next weekend I can get a cushion pad and make the back and sew it all together.

I hope that all your Christmas preparations are going as well as mine seem to be right now 🙂

 

‘Tis the season to be blocking…

Firstly, Sami’s blanket! The blocking has been finished, and it’s been readied for wrapping. I don’t want to actually wrap it up until I know what’s happening to it (if it’s going to be taken to Japan in luggage, I should probably find a vacumm pack bag to shrink it down some…), but it has been prettified now 🙂

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The blanket of doom is finished!!!! I think the entirety of KnitSoc here knows how much I dislike it, but last night while I was there I embroidered the name, and the year 2016 (I wasn’t about to announce to the world that it took me more than a year to make the thing…), and now its blocking (again, taking up the entirety of my floor…).

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It won’t be properly finished until I go home and can use my mum’s sewing machine to back it with something soft (she’s going to buy the backing material, so I don’t know what she’s going to get).

Having finished that, I then started on an advent calender I’m making for the friend who got the blanket. Last year I bought both of us a tea advent calender, which was a disaster because most of the teas were green and fruity teas, and neither of us liked those. So this year I’m making the advent calender out of a crochet garland pattern(ravelry link here), and stuffing each of the bits with a ‘proper’ tea bag.

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And of course, I’ve still been working on my aunt’s Advent calender scarf. I’m now half way through (I’m at pattern number 13, and if I recall correctly, there are a few of the later patterns I decide to skip), so hopefully this will be finished soon! (Maybe itll be being blocked next week…)

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I was looking up what I said about this pattern last year as I was making the other Advent scarf, and found my old blog post about work of the year. That kinda fell down last year when life got massively hectic over the summer, so here’s a word for next year: breathe! One way or the other, the PhD is going to be over, and while my back-up plan of staying in academic (which was going over to America…) has been shot out of the water, I still hope to stay in academia, my PhD expects me to be able to, and if not, I can always move back in with my parents while I sort my life out. So whatever happens, however hectic life gets, I need to remember to breathe, and that knitting helps me to relax, and nothing is permanent…

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