Sunday 5 November 2023

Christmas gifts and making a start with the Christmas Mosaic

 The clocks have gone back and I can feel myself slipping into hibernation mode, although I do love long Summer days I quite enjoy the cosiness of winter evenings as well, the ritual of locking the doors, closing the curtains and lighting soft lamps and candles, sitting in my favorite chair with my cuppa and a warm crocheted throw over my lap.  Then whatever project I'm working on sitting at arms reach along with TV remote and audio book close by. I am quite content sitting there in my little world and have to make myself get up and move around but to be honest it's usually just as far as the kitchen to get another warm drink.

What about you lovely people? I would love to know your evening ritual.  I live alone so I'm lucky in that I have no one else to please but myself.

I'm also lucky because I love to crochet with a passion and if it's a new pattern even better.  I have started not one but two Mosaic crochet CALS and to be honest I'm wishing that I had two pairs of hands.

The first is the one I told you about in my last post Sonia's Holiday Mosaic, it runs over six weeks it's amazing to think that if all goes well I'll have a beautiful blanket in less that two months just in time to be gifted for Christmas.

Christmas Crackers

Then quite by chance I came across yet another beautiful CAL for a Christmas blanket on Facebook and it's free which is very generous of the designer because there's a lot of work goes into designing any pattern but Mosaic especially because of the charts and in this case there are written instructions too.

This one is called Cosy Christmas and this the start..

The designer is Fiona Kirk and you can find the pattern here  However if you join her Funky Loops community on Facebook the pattern can be found there for free. The pattern is released over six weeks.  I would like to donate this one to be sold or raffled for a charity but I'm not confident that I will have it finished in time, if that's the case then I will put it away until next year.  I wish they would release the new Christmas patterns just that bit earlier.

Along with the crochet there has been quite a bit of sewing going on I am a member of the u3a sewing group and we brainstorm for little gift idea's for Christmas well in advance, we usually start sewing them in September, we had lots of idea's this year, just for small things to be gifted to friends who appreciate a little handmade something, this week I have made these..

Little lavender bonnets very easy to make, in fact quite addictive but I had to stop at five as I had run out of fresh lavender, they really do smell divine. 😊

Do you gift little handmade items and are they appreciated? I plan to make more little sewn gifts this afternoon the sun is actually shining and my conservatory beckons so I will say bye for now and I hope you all have a peaceful Sunday. 😘😘  

Linking with the ladies at Slow Stitching Sunday



  1. I love the two blankets that you are working on. I hope to make one of them in the future. I love those little sachets you made. What great little gifts.

  2. I have never done Mosaic, but a friend of mine did an afghan and she showed it to me. Your Christmas one is sure to be a hit! My evening routine after dinner is usually a little time to finish things up on the computer and then watch TV and most of the time a little stitching is happening too.

  3. The bonnets are so charming!

  4. The lavender bonnets are adorable and anyone that receives one will certainly appreciate it. Thanks for the link to the pattern, it would be a perfect hibernation project. I have knee surgery on Nov 16 so need to organize some projects to do. Have a wonderful day.

  5. Your holiday crochet project looks lovely - pretty and festive colors! I love the little lavender bonnets, too. Your friends will enjoy receiving those!

  6. Cute lavender bonnets! I generally have dinner, close up the drapes, sit down, cover my legs, and take out my hand stitching projects, and either watch TV or listen to my tunes.

  7. I do like your little lavender bonnets, I'm sure they smell wonderful :)
    Wishing you a good week ahead.

    All the best Jan

  8. Those little bonnets are so cute! I too like the darker nights and the ritual of closing blinds and making things cosy, there is something very comforting about it.
    Love the christmas blankets. I made a gingerbread man using mosaic crochet last year and really enjoyed it. This year I'm making another one by Made by anita, Emma's Hearts, in the Christmas colorway. Supplies should be here this week and I can get crocking :-) Have a lovely crafty week.

  9. Those are cute bonnets. I tend to be the only one in the living room, with the dog and some hand work projects near by. Either the tv or an audiobook on to listen to. If the dog is in with hubby or one of the kids... I might get a cat or two for company. The animals do not get along well.

  10. Your mosaic will be beautiful Linda ! I don't know how you do's seems so complicate...
    Cute, cute little bonnets ! Perfect gifts for Christmas !
    Have a lovely week in you cosy house !

  11. The bonnets are cute! I'm almost certain I made something similar myself MANY years ago now.
    I don't think I have an evening ritual as such. By the time I've finished the dishes and sorted laundry, I'm just relieved to get in the shower and go to bed. X

  12. Linda, those are the cutest sachet bonnets and I'm sure they smell beautiful. In the evenings I am with a blanket and curled up reading a book or watching a show/movie on tv. I hope you have a nice week Linda.

  13. The little lavender bonnets are beautiful and will make some lovely little gifts.
    In the evening I like to have a blanket on my knees and either watch TV or do a little crafting balanced on a cushioned tea tray.

  14. Those blankets are going to be just gorgeous. I don't really have an evening ritual, but as much as I love long summer days, I also love the early dark evening in the late autumn, and like you describe making things light and cozy inside. I always feel a tad sad when the days slowly start getting longer after winter solstice. But then, come late spring/early summer I'm thrilled again that it's light until well after 9pm. I'm not a fan of the heat of summer, but I do love that it's light into the evening hours.

  15. The two Mosaic Christmas Blankets look like a lot of work but so rewarding when they are done! I also love your lavender bonnets. I love the smell of lavender and think those would make fantastic gifts! Thank you for linking up at our weekly Link Party! You are being featured at our Wednesday
    Party #529 this week. Here’s the direct link to the post in case you’d like to share your feature:
    Hope to see you again next week! Rhondda


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