Until now I have done very little season shopping: I don’t think there is much that I really need and in general I love buying presents that will have some practical use.
On Sunday I visited the Old Spitalfields market with the idea of finding some presents… Sadly, I failed to find anything suitable. The market itself was nice to visit, but I was a bit disappointed that many stalls didn’t sell items of own production.
There were a few stalls with woollens and I didn’t resist the sheepy temptation for long! I went home with a woolly booty:
Made in the UK
blue, one of my favourite colours
wearing it at the Kentish Town City Farm
made in the UK
natural soap from a small business
Lemongrass Chai, Gentle Goat’s Milk, Heritage Lavender
as well as some soap bars by All Natural Soap Co (handcrafted soaps, 100% palm oil free, made with olive oil and wild shea butter).
And this is a hand-knitted present (a self-aid charity put my commission through to a skilled knitter who made it). My friend will have a beautiful neck warmer and a knitter will have had work. The (free) pattern is Braidheart by Rose Anne.
Braidheart neck warmer
Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed, 90% wool 10% angora, spun in Ireland
After the failed attempt at the market, I resorted to the net, where I found some useful presents:
A fire log carrier bag
Kneeler cushion for gardening
Striped twine assortment
Twine in a tin
reusable muslin bags
(all but the first one were purchased from Burgon and Ball, an old British company based in Sheffield, England)
[disclaimer: as usual, I have no agreement and receive no compensation for mentioning items or brands]
Thanks to the random number generator, we have the lucky winner of the Christmas Special booklet:
The random winner is… number 4!
And the winning comment is number 4, left by Martha. Congratulations!
I will shortly get in touch to organise the details for the shipment.
Many thanks to all the readers who took part!
Have a nice weekend ❤
In this part of the world the days are becoming shorter and cooler – so I had the first thoughts about the next season.
I know that some knitters have already been working on their Christmas presents and decorations, which made me think of this cute booklet by Jean Greenhowe: Christmas Special.
I am giving away an unused copy – it’s very simple to participate: just leave a comment on this post by Saturday 30th August! The winner will be randomly selected.
Christmas Special contains many knitted patterns for the Christmas season (but not only). Below is a gallery of images covering some of the patterns.
Christmas Special – cover
Robin on a log
Robin Christmas decoration
Cinderella – inside-out
Which one is your favourite? Mine are Mrs Claus, the robin and the tea cosies.
Thank you for taking part and good luck!