I say this as someone that was thoroughly enjoying learning to knit last week, and thinking about people I could practice my newfound skill on, by bestowing lovingly mangled wristwarmers on. It wasn't until I'd got to the end of a left-hand that I realised that it was horrible. I'd been practicing stripes, and as much as I was enjoying it, the end result was hideous. I knew instantly, that if someone had given them to me as a Christmas present, they would have been consigned to the back of a cupboard for the rest of their life. And then I started to think about some of the things that people HAVE made me, and I really didn't appreciate, and it led to me this thought...
Just because it's hand-made, it doesn't have to look like it is.
I have the skills to make something that is really quite lovely. Hell, we ALL have. So instead I've taken a bit more time to really think about what people will want, and even if it's not exactly the thing I feel like making, I'd rather they had something they'll truly treasure rather than something I want to make. So here are the things that are currently underway at Maison Steel...
|Embroidered Mermaid Top|
|Horribly fiddly but ultimately awesome 'K' cushion|
|More ends than you can bare, but flipping cool hexie cushion|
I wouldn't normally set myself such fiddly challenges, but if it's a few more ends to deal with and a lifetime of love and appreciation, then I'll take it.
p.s. the Hexie Pattern will be free for you to download from the LoveCrochet blog on 22nd December as a special Christmas treat xxx