Sunday, 15 January 2017

Crafty Gifts

I was very blessed to received some wonderful gifts this Christmas, my friends and family know me very well and know the things I like and they always get things exactly right. I think I'm quite easy to buy for, I enjoy a lot of different hobbies and like lots of different things so people can always think of things to buy for me.

I got some lovely craft gifts this year so I thought I'd show you some of them. First of all, yarn. These three skeins came from two different Etsy shops, the one on the left is from Little French Meadow. I've been wanting to try some of their yarn for some time now. This is their Saint Savin Sock base, a 75% superwash merino/25% nylon yarn and the colourway is Hall of Prophecy, part of their Harry Potter inspired range. The other two skeins are from Felt Fusion and dyed under the name of Den of Yarniquity. The middle skein is superwash Blue Faced Leicester/nylon sock yarn in Meandering colourway and the skein on the right is alpaca/merino/nylon sock yarn in Hot Stuff colourway. This one is much plumper than the other two and consequently, there's only 333 metres in the skein. There's 425 metres in the other two so I hope I'll still get a pair of socks out of it. They're all so beautiful, I can't stop stroking them.


I've been really pleased with the stitch markers I've bought previously from Little French Meadow so I put some more on my wish list. Mick chose to buy me some Harry Potter inspired ones, a broomstick, a lightening bolt, a wizard hat with pumpkin and the Whomping Willow. The ladies at Little French Meadow also included a cute sunflower stitch marker and a fruit tea sachet in with the parcel.


The project bag I bought from Sam at Betsy Makes earlier this year is being well used so I thought I'd like more bags to keep other projects in. This time I fancied a bag which gathers around the top and after looking on Etsy I came across Quince Pie. Elaine has some lovely bags in her shop, as well as other craft related items, and Mick chose this drawstring bag for me in a lovely owl design fabric.


He didn't stop there though, once I'd seen this set of two project bags and DPN holder from Fondant Fibre I knew I had to have them. They really are lovely and the attention to detail is fabulous. Even the zip pulls have pretty little flowers attached to them. Deb popped a little snowflake stitch marker in the parcel too.


Who could resist this charming fabric?


Of course, I showed you in my Twelve Days Of Christmas 2016 Reveal post the wonderful crafty gifts made especially for me by my swap partners, a project bag and ultra cute pea pod stitch marker and progress keeper from Kim at This Happy Homemade Life and the hand painted yarn and notions pouch from Cath at Clicky Needles, here they are again.


I'm sure you'll agree that I've done very well indeed for crafty gifts this year. Now I just need to decide which projects I'm going to cast on, I think this year is going to be a busy one craft wise.

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  1. Love your project bags, I am really enjoying have my projects so neatly stored. I still have in mind the knit socks, but baby jackets are required first.

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    1. I've always kept my projects in bags but they've all been jumbled up together, I much prefer each one in its own dedicated bag. I love knitting baby garments, things must be getting quite exciting with you now.

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    1. I certainly am, a good sort of busy though.

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  3. You were certainly blessed with some amazing gifts, they are all lovely. I did fall in love with the gorgeous hare fabric, what a delight.

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    1. I fell in love with the hare fabric too, it's so cute. I was very lucky with the wonderful gifts I received.

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  4. You did get some great gifts, that yarn looks so soft.

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    1. The yarn is beautiful, I don't think photos do it justice. There's so much wonderful yarn to choose from these days, we're very lucky.

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  5. Lovely crafty gifts :) I'll have to look into those stitch markers! And I love the owl fabric :)

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    1. I've been using some paw print stitch markers from Little French Meadow and they're great, I've been after some more so I'm very happy with those. I like the owl fabric too, I'm an owl lover as well as a hare lover so I'm very pleased with the project bags.

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  6. Such a lot of lovely thing in this post, nice yarn - pretty colours.

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    1. I was thoroughly spoiled with all the lovely crafty gifts. I'm particularly happy with the beautiful yarn.

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    1. Thank you. I'm going to be kept very busy.

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  8. YOu were properly spoiled Jo just as you should be. I love all of your gifts but those Harry Potter inspired stitch markers are my favorite.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. I was. I don't think I can choose a favourite, I love everything I received.

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  9. I love everything. Lucky you. It's lovely when you get presents that you feel people have really thought about.

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    1. I love everything too. I'm very lucky in that respect, I always receive such wonderful gifts, things that I'd have chosen myself, though I suppose I help along the way as I do drop subtle hints.

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  10. You really did receive some lovely gifts with the bags, yarn and stitch markers! I'm sure you will enjoying using these with your new projects. I just posted my 12 Days of Christmas Swap post. It was so much fun to take part in this. Thank you again for hosting it! Pat xx

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    1. I'm thrilled with all my gifts, I'll get so much pleasure out of using everything. I'll be popping over to read your post soon, it's so much fun seeing what everyone received in the swap.

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  11. Lovely clutch of gifts & all so useful. I've actually been making cases (you saw them) & now a great big bag to go with them to take my crochet rug (they get so big), or a quilt when doing binding, out with me to do. I've never used stitch markers, but if I try some socks, they may come in handy I think. I know have some that came with a magazine. Look forward to seeing what you do on the craft front this year. Hey, keep warm in the "cold" weather, that I believe you are having there in Yorkshire, take care & huggles.

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    1. I'm really pleased with the project bags. I've never used special bags for my knitting before but it makes things so much easier to store each project separately in this way. I always use stitch markers when knitting socks, it makes things much simpler. The weather isn't too bad just now, it's warmed up though it's damp and drizzly today.

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  12. What beautiful gifts! I am sure that you will enjoy using them all!

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    1. I'm sure I will, I just need to cast on some new projects now, something I'm looking forward to doing.

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  13. Those are great gifts, Jo. Enjoy using them! :o)

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    1. I'm really pleased with everything, I'll get so much pleasure out of using them.

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  14. What beautiful, thoughtful gifts. I really love the fabric with hares on it and peas in their pods are so cute xx

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    1. I fell in love with the hare fabric, it's just so cute. I love everything I received, they're all things I'd have chosen myself.

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  15. All these presents will keep you busy crafting this year. I wonder what you'll make with your new yarn. The colours are gorgeous! x

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    1. Socks will definitely make an appearance, perhaps a shawl too. It's fun deciding.

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  16. Oh Jo I love everything, what great presents! i'm sure you will enjoy using all of them this year.

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    1. I've been very spoiled. I do love receiving crafty gifts, I'll definitely enjoy using everything I was bought.

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  17. Lovely gifts Jo - especially the wools. I'm looking forward to seeing this years socks! Jx

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    1. I've got socks on the needles at the moment but they're Eleanor's choice and rather boring so I'm looking forward to starting something new.

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  18. This little lot should keep you busy for a while. The rabbit fabric is just lovely - look at that little face!

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    1. It should. As soon as I saw those project bags I really wanted them, they're so cute and they'll keep my knitting nice and tidy.

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  19. Wow - what a lot of crafty goodies. Should keep you quite busy for while.

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    1. I'm sure it will, I'm looking forward to using them all.

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  20. Ahhh, what lovely gifts Jo, it's always good to receive things you like and will use, it's awful when you receive gifts that just baffle you.xxx

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    1. I'm really lucky, my friends and family know exactly what I like so I'm always thrilled with the gifts I receive. I'm very easy to buy for.

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  21. Some beautiful gifts Jo. The yarn is gorgeous. They will all keep you busy. Gifts that keep on giving. X

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    1. I've been very lucky receiving such wonderful gifts. I'm looking forward to using the yarn, I think I need some special projects to use it on.

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  22. Loving the yarns and stitch-markers :)

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    1. I think they're all fabulous, I can't wait to use them.

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  23. the best kinds of gifts - beautiful wool. So much loveliness out there to discover (trying to use current stash and not buy more....)

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    1. The market has been blown sky wide now there are so many independent dyers. There's so much beautiful yarn just waiting to be discovered.

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  24. Some lovely gifts Jo.
    I think 2017 is going to be a good year for crafts!

    All the best Jan

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    1. I've been thoroughly spoiled. It's definitely going to be a crafty year.

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  25. Those yarns will make beautiful socks, aren't the colours gorgeous. Those rabbits are adorable I can see why you fell in love with that fabric. You'll be so organised with keeping all your projects in your new bags.
    Lisa x

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    1. I'm really pleased with the yarn, I think Mick chose some gorgeous colours. The project bags will certainly keep me organised with all my projects, it will be nice to have each one kept separate with all the things I need for it to hand.

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