Well my week of Christmas presents was an almost success. Despite my best efforts, I didn’t make a start on shoes for J. Unfortunately I have already cut them out so I do need to sew them sooner rather than later. But I did make a hat for P for Christmas, as well as the “hugs” for my parents. The hat was an interesting experience. I made one for J’s birthday a little while ago, and P saw it and declared that she had to have one as well. However, the hat I made for J was already at the largest size on the pattern. I thought about getting a different pattern for P, but decided that I would try to upsize the one I already had. There are only three pattern pieces, and they all increase in standard increments, so I just increased the sizes by one more and then cut it out of newspaper. It all went well until I came to attach the brim to the crown of the hat.
It turns out that the brim needs to be increased in size a little more than the other two pieces. I managed to make it work, but it did involve some hardcore pinning, and a little bit of sneaky gathering at the back. You can’t really tell in the finished product though so I’m sure P will be very pleased.
I also picked up some books for J for Christmas from the Hospice Shop. I feel so well organised, all wrapped and waiting.