Normal service certainly seems to have resumed in my life. I feel a little bit as though I've been juggling all of the things this week, not *quite* managing to get anything finished. So, rather than show you any of the non-progress I've been making on current projects, I'm rewinding to something I made as a Christmas gift.
Unwisely, I decided about a month before Christmas that I would make a badger scarf for Alex, using the Sincerely Louise pattern. This is the second of her patterns I've successfully managed to complete - the first being the pterodactyl bag which I used to get back into knitting earlier in the year. I find them very easy to follow, as well as having such a range of lovely designs. I'd love to knit a tiger rug, but with nowhere to put it, I'll have to make do with living vicariously through Amy.
It took me a little time to get to grips with intarsia knitting - having seven different balls of wool attached to the project when I was working on the face section meant that it wasn't a very portable project, but thankfully the last 400 rows or so were just the one colour, so I was able to take it with me on the train to London and on various car journeys, as well as endless evenings of knitting in front of the fire.
Finally, I was able to cast off, sew up and add the eyes and the nose. Perpetual queen of last-minute, I may have wrapped this the morning that I was off to see her.
Did you handmake any Christmas gifts this year?