Each year my local knit/crafting group get together for a christmas meal and gift swap. It is one of the highlights of my year and the gifts are amazing every time. Each person brings a hand crafted gift. Names are put in a hat and whoever's name you pull out, you get their gift. So the secret is you don't know who you are making a gift for!
We had lots of fun at the meal, wearing the christmas cracker hats was compulsory (for at least ten minutes) and plenty of wine was drunk.
This year I decided to crochet a snowman for my gift. I have loved the short film The Snowman by Raymond Briggs and try to watch it every year. The spin off The Snowman and The Snowdog is also very cute, and the Father Christmas story is very blooming funny.
So the morning of the Christmas party (nothing like leaving it to the last minute) I began to design and crochet my Snowman. I am very pleased with how he turned out, especially his floppy hat. He looks quite cheery to me. I am planning to write up the pattern and release it as one of my amigurumi kits for next year.
For my present I received this gorgeous fluffy Santa from my friend Emily. Isn't he fabulous? I love his beard with the curl in the end and his long pointed hat. He is sitting on our windowsill looking very pleased with himself.
All the gifts showed so much love and creativity. There was a little potion bottle of homemade sloe gin, christmas bunting, a beautiful noel embroidery, luxurious organic hand cream, a pretty felt christmas tree, cross stitch heart ornament, a poinsettia type flower, a granny hexagon stocking and an elegant puff necklace. They are all amazing and I would have loved to receive any of these. Roll on next year, I'm excited already!