Archive for December, 2009

Books I’ve read this year #48 – 51

December 28, 2009

“The private lives of Pippa Lee” by Rebecca Miller
“The English: a portrait of a people” by Jeremy Paxman
“Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson
“Doors Open” by Ian Rankin



December 28, 2009

Oh dear, I didn’t mean to disappear for so long, but the last few weeks have been busy, busy, busy. I hope you all had lovely Christmases. We had a beautiful, sunny day up here, and spent the day hanging around on the beach and stuffing ourselves silly with lots of lovely food. It was the hottest Christmas we’ve had since we moved to New Zealand, and was perfectly lovely.

So, would you like to know how my Christmas present making went in the end? Originally, I was planning to make 20 gifts, but one of those was a commission for a friend, and she said she didn’t need it by Christmas, which was a relief. I then abandoned another three, leaving a total of 16 gifts to make. And I got 14 of them made and posted in time for Christmas – woohoo!!

I made a lot of hats:

Two little hats for my god-daughter and her sister:

Two little hats for two little girls

And two little hats for my nephew and my godson:

Two little hats for two little boys

A much bigger hat for my brother:

Christmas presents (2)

And another for my brother-in-law:

Christmas presents (3)

UPDATE: the pattern for the hats above is now available here.

A Durango and Robin’s Egg hat for my step-mother:

Christmas presents (5)

And a modified version of that for my dad:

Christmas presents (6)

But I didn’t just make hats – oh no. I also made slippers. Three pairs in all – one for my mum, one for my sister, and one for my friend.

Christmas presents (4)

For my niece and my eldest god-daughter I made tutus using this tutorial. I couldn’t get rolls of tulle locally, so had to use normal tulle and cut it into strips, which took ages. I used 6 metres of 54 inch wide tulle for each one, and cut it into strips 4 inches wide by 36 inches long. But they came out lovely and puffy – I had to squash them down into really small packages to post to the UK.

Christmas presents

And finally, I made a hooded cardigan for my middle god-daughter.

Hooded cardigan

Books I’ve read this year #45 – 47

December 5, 2009

“Little Women” by Louisa M Alcott
“Notes from a small island” by Bill Bryson
“Kiwis might fly” by Polly Evans

All re-reads.

Sooooo cute

December 5, 2009