Here are some that I finished last week because they need to be sent off this month.
A sweater for Millie, who has suddenly grown out of everything she has.
Advent calendar for Millie and Benjamin.
My daughter is making little figures to put in the pockets. They
will then be assembled into a Christmas nativity scene.
A Christmas stocking for Benjamin.
He wasn't around last year when I made stockings
for Millie and Charlotte.
A Flower Fairies bag, the first of six that I
hope to get finished for Christmas.
There are two more sweaters ready to be sewn up (the part of knitting that I really don't like), another Advent calendar almost completed and a list of requests from friends and family that I will probably not get around to this year. It would be so much easier to buy gifts but I really enjoy looking at the finished product and hope that the recipient will appreciate the thought that went into it.
When I was a child, a homemade dress or sweater was a sign that your parents couldn't afford to buy from the shops but it seems to be quite different now. Hand crafted goods are highly desirable and, though mine are far from perfect, family and friends seem to like having something a little different.
The entertaining that I mentioned at the beginning refers to this house guest: