What festive swap is complete without a scarf? Not this one in any case. This is the first thing for my swap-partner Heike in Tracey and Emma's Snail Mail Holiday Swap. The essence of it is to do a handmade holiday parcel and mine went into the post last night after work.
Everything is packed inside this stocking (details of the projects will be on Ravelry in a few days) for that authentic Christmas feel. The girls saw me knitting this and have both requested one, these are now underway.
And this is why I wanted to perfect Kirstie's papercut bauble technique! These two are cut from duck egg blue card (Heike said she liked that colour) and dare I say I'm very pleased with them. I think if I'd started with manageable card in the first place I wouldn't have mashed my fingers.
A bit of fairisle is also festive. The pictures do no justice to what I made, but it's dark all day and I am not good at photos in artificial light. You'll have to take it from me that this hanger is actually quite bright!
I sneaked in a couple of other things as well, not handmade but for Heike to use in her crafting. She is the most amazing knitter.
It feels so good to post off things, it has an authentic feel to it. Does that make sense? You know, the making, the wrapping and queuing to send it off in style in brown paper and with string tied round. Not for practicality (they invented sticky tape for that) but for a bit of retro appeal! I read somewhere that the greeting card market has shrunk as 'Everyone' is texting or e-mailing their felicitations these days. Not in this house. You can't beat a hand written card, even if the post is a bit hit and miss with its timings. I absolutely love getting Real Letters through the letterbox, not that it happens a lot these days, but it's a thrill when it does. And getting a parcel, well, that's just fantastic...