One really fun handmade Christmas gift this year were these little bonnets from Purl SoHo’s Last Minute Knitted Gifts.
They were the perfect first hat project from me as they are really a ‘T’ shaped mini-blanket.
Another fun project was homemade gingerbread… my first attempt. I tried my hand at Martha’s recipe, which although quite sticky and challenging to roll out and cut results in a remarkably tender and delicious cookie.
They looked great–but just for a few days. Sadly, after that the weight of the cookie pulled the hole through and I was left with cookies sitting on (rather than hanging from) branches.
I finally finished my first blanket for myself! It’s a red Christmas / Chinese New Year / Valentine’s blanket… it’s hard to see, but there is a cross pattern across the whole thing.
It took me about a year to finish and I still needed the pattern up until the last row. The blanket is the perfect length to cover you up from your waist to your toes while you’re seated, working or chatting away.
Last year I’d given my sis-in-law a teapot so this year I thought it would be fun to knit her a custom cozy… here is the finished project on my teapot, which is a lot smaller than hers… I’m hoping it looks a little nicer when it fits a little better.
I got so crazy about it wanting to fit perfectly that I actually found a china shop in Central that had the teapot… I convinced the VERY reluctant salesladies to let me try my cozy on the teapot…
Before we left for New Zealand, we had a few Hong Kong friends over for a Christmas dinner… I was trying to think of the perfect menu… I was debating roasts and turkeys, etc… and then the Mr. came up with the brilliant idea of a Mexican Christmas… which was also great as two of the guests were vegetarians.
We spent actual Christmas day at our dear friends new home in Queenstown. They really outdid themselves with a studded ham and a turkey, which really made it feel like Christmas even though it was 80 degrees outside!
It was a really nice group… all Hong Kongers who just happened to be in New Zealand for Christmas! Can you tell how sunny it was?!
I had knit a hat for each of the two girls… but for some reason the eldest just never wanted to put hers on… so here we have darling little Manny modeling both colors!
And here I am with Kitty and our cracker crowns.
Hats make everything more festive, don’t you think?
In closing, I’ll leave you with our Christmas view: the Remarkables.