Sunday, 7 November 2010

Lazy Sunday

Hello - me again! I do hope that you've had a lovely weekend. Mr JK and I ventured into Norwich yesterday on a mission to blitz the Christmas shopping!! I know it's only just November, but seven weeks today, it's Boxing Day! Now that is a scary thought. We just hate battling around the city, fighting our way through the crowds, so with that in mind, we whooshed from shop to shop, following my list! I have to be organised - I've made some rather bad impulse present-buying mistakes in the past! And the good news is that the shopping is pretty much done now, apart from a few bits and pieces that I can either get locally, or need to be purchased online. I found some lovely Christmassy bits and bobs too. The first is a set of Christmas 'Russian' Dolls. These are heading off to Mr JK's family in Germany where I know they'll be loved!

Christmas decorations 003

The three Kings are all on the largest doll - you can see each one as you turn it round.

Three Kings

I really love it, and wish that we'd bought one for us too! The second Christmas decoration is a little tealight holder with a propeller 'hat' that turns with the warmth of the candle. We lit it last night, just to try it out, and it looked so pretty! I do like having lots of candles lit over Christmas, don't you?

Christmas decorations 001

I don't have much knitting to show you today. The edging on my McCafferty shawl is progressing slowly. This is partly due to the fact that Henrycat has been needing lots of cuddles and lap time this week because of all the fireworks going off. Fingers crossed that I'll get it finished this week. I can't wait to get snuggled up with it! Here's a little sneak preview of the edging. I've pulled it out roughly into shape with pins so you can get some idea of how it's going to look when it's all done.

McCaffertyWIP (4)

I've decided to follow Ozzy Blackbeard's brilliant idea of knitting one Innocent Smoothie hat each week. That way, by the time they need to be sent off next October, I should have a pretty good collection of them. So to start of my 2011 collection, here's Belinda Bear........

Hat of the week - week 1

Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely week, and see you soon! xxx


Kathy said...

We were in Chester yesterday .. it was horrendously busy. It was as though everyone has suddenly realised Christmas is coming!!!
I'm making an early start this year too!
Love Kathy xxx

Northern Monkey said...

I'm going to do as much of my Christmas shopping on-line as possible! That's what Amazon Prime is for! I thinks some will have to be done in town as well but it's not payday until next week so it must wait. I love the Russian dolls, where did you get them? The other decoration is lovely as well.

Your knitting is looking great, can't wait to see the finished shawl.

Jenny said...

I too am getting worried about the approach of Christmas. I've actually started shopping instead of going into denial or buying things and pretending they are presents when really they are for me. The dolls are gorgeous and i remember those turning candle decorations from when I was at school, a very long time ago. Have a good week.

snoopydog said...

Such pretty decorations. I'd love to know where they came from, especially the Russian dolls. I have a special little person who I would love to buy a set for. I really love the shawl and that cute little hat. What a great idea. I need to make a commitment to join you on this one, as I feel very guilty that I didn't even manage one this year. Have a good week. Rosx

Stadtwaldvogel said...

The matruschkas are lovely!
Can't wait to see your shawl finished.
Yours, Julia

Ozzy Blackbeard said...

I love the decorations. I got a Russian Doll deccy in Acessorise last week. It's Santa, Rudolph, a snowman and a robin. My sister has a candle deccy too, but it has angels on it, and it very lovely.

Your shawl is looking fab, and I love the wee hat! I did another one yesterday.

melissa said...

i'm so impressed with your organization and early holiday shopping! you're amazing!!
love the nesting dolls - what fun, i'm sure they'll be loved, how could they not? they're adorable!

Fuzzy White Dogs said...

Just discovered your blog & am enjoying it immensely! Love the tiny hat on the little bear - now I must go find out just what an "Innocent Smoothie" is.
Happy Knitting!