sunshine cushions

Literally five minutes ago I wove in the ends on the last of my Christmas knitting for this year.  Because I started back in August, my gift crafting has been quite a calm affair and I’ve managed to resist the temptation to add on lots of last minute things.

Getting our new house ready for Christmas has been a completely different thing, we have a lot of family arriving tomorrow to spend the holidays in our new home and I’m trying to contain my excitement.  I’ve made a few things to furnish it (and have plans for much, much more), but I particularly liked these –

A couple of little log cabin cushions, a reminder of my dream to one day make a Sunshine Medallions Quilt, in the exact same colours.  This is the room my grandparents will be staying in when they visit our house for the first time tomorrow.  My gran is a fantastic knitter, sewer and an inspirational crafty lady and it seemed important to me that there was something lovely and handmade in here.

I wasn’t too sure about these while piecing but somehow the little quilting I did seemed to bring it all together.  Some of the plain yellow comes from fabric that needs to become curtains for this room, sometime in the next 12 hours…eek!

my Christmas jumper!

I’ve been keeping a bit quiet recently, plodding away with decorating and keeping warm.  The massive amount of snow we’ve had means that my little town has been pretty much cut off – all the trains from here have been suspended and the roads are a bit dodgy for driving.  I’m quite enjoying been tucked up warm indoors and I’ve had Mr Saz working from home in our kitchen for the last two weeks as getting to his office has been impossible.

I am going through a strange knitting phase of only working on one thing at a time, very unlike me!  I managed to coax my photographer outside this afternoon for a photoshoot of several things I’ve finished recently.  My absolute favourite though is my New Christmas Jumper!

The pattern is Anney by Emily Johnston from the spring/summer issue of Twist Collective.  I have a complete knitting-crush on Emily Johnston, I love her designs, the Family Trunk project idea and the way she writes her patterns.  They’re full of cute details, I was able to practice my crochet on this one.  I’m putting this away now until Christmas Day, I think it’ll be perfect for wearing while feeding 10+ bodies a big dinner very close to a log fire…

(Aagh, just noticed that the top photo features my now permanent ‘decorators-hands’ which are splattered with white gloss that I’m struggling to remove…gah)