A week ago, getting ready for Christmas seemed like an impossible task. I was weeks behind with work (and I still am!) and the house was a tip. We go to Norway every other Christmas but this year we're staying home. This weekend we made some major progress on the Christmas preparations. I've spent some time tidying up and there's still lots to do but downstairs is more or less done so on Sunday afternoon we finally got the Christmas decorations out.
I'm very fussy about Christmas decorations. My taste is definitely influenced by traditional Norwegian Christmas decorations. Because we're only home every other Christmas, we only decorate every other year. This year we bought a fake tree for the first time ever and I like it a lot more than I thought I would. I also treated myself to a new candle sleigh (picture above) which I love.
Most of our decorations are from Norway except for the tree decorations. We're spending Christmas Day and Boxing Day alone with the girls. It'll be the first time we have Christmas alone with the girls. We normally spend Christmas with my parents or Simon's parents. My parents are arriving on the 27th to spend a week with us.
I swatched three different stitch patterns. I've decided to use the pattern on the middle swatch but I really like the lilac swatch too so will use that stitch pattern for another design soon. I'm knitting the original sample in my size so I can wear it and then I'll knit one up a spare sample to use for shows.
I've got another idea which I'm very tempted to cast on too but I've got a deadline project I need to finish by the second week of January, as soon as the yarn gets here. So I'm trying to resist.
How are your Christmas preparations going? Have you finished any gift knitting? I rarely knit any gifts. I've knitted a shawl for a friend and I'm knitting a pair of socks for Simon but they may not be finished in time. Will you be casting on for a selfish knit for Christmas? Tell me in the comments.