I fell in love with the Bergere Baby Bunting and so it was the first thing I knitted for my soon-to-be grandchild. I loved knitting it and it was the catalyst to my return to knitting.
You can find the pattern in their ‘Creations 11/12’ booklet. Unusually the bobbles are knitted separately and added later, never done it that way before.
So, I thought a baby can’t have just one bunting and I set about looking for another.
My favourite of the ones I found was a Phildar pattern on Pinterest. I knitted lots of Phildar patterns when my children were small. I loved them and the quality of the yarn.
Snag number one; the pattern was in French!
Snag number two; Phildar no longer supply any British stockists.
So now I was on a mission, first I showed a French speaking friend but of course knitting abbreviations are a language of their own. What would we knitters do without the internet. I stumbled on Chezplum and and a this helpful dictionary of french terms. The free download of the pattern has very straightforward diagrams.
Here’s Dougie, just a week old, in the bunting.
For the English translation of the Phildar Baby Bunting pattern click on the green.
Two glass bowls with water in between to hold the Lakeland underwater lights. Batteries are in the inner bowl.
Varied glass pots with sprigs of holly submerged in water surround a tea light.
There’s nothing quite as sparkly as glass, water and lights for a table centre.
I love wrapping the presents, I could be tempted to spend a fortune on exotic wrapping paper but I resist and try to do it as cheaply as possible.
The theme for this year was brown paper with red decorations.
I knitted red ties and added tree decorations from pound land. Where there was a ‘A’ in the name I used a Christmas tree.
Christmas this year is a quiet affair. Life has been busy since returning from our 2 month trip to Spain in November. Our lovely little grandson, Dougie, was born just two weeks before Christmas which meant we were travelling up and down the motorway between Bristol, Wales and London often.
So for the actual holiday it was just me, Jeff and Mum in the London house and I was set to tone down the decorations and just have a tree but ….
Matt had given me the off-cuts from his tree and I’ve always wanted to try making a garland.
You need wire, cutters and secateurs. Gloves are optional but recommended if holly is included!
2. Collect your chosen greenery cut into suitable lengths. you need 4-5 inch lengths of wire ready cut.
3. Arrange sprigs and tie with twists of wire.
4.Securely attach sprigs together arranging the wire beneath the leaves.
5. Lift carefully, adding more wires if necessary. arranging is definitely a two person job.
I wanted my garland on the banister, if only I had a suitable fireplace.