Those of you on the knitting website Ravelry, have you discovered the “neighbours” page?
This brilliant widget is one of my favourite things on the site. It pulls up a list of other users who have made the same projects as you, or queued the same patterns. As soon as I add another project, one of the first things I do is check my “neighbours” to see if anyone new has been added.
The reason it’s so addictive is that people who’ve made a lot of the same things as you probably have similar taste, so it’s a great way of browsing other patterns, seemingly randomly, but with a high chance they’ll be things you want to make too. I’ve lost hours looking through the projects of some of my neighbours – and we all know that spending hours adding projects to an increasingly long Ravelry queue is almost exactly the same as actually making them, right? (Ditto, of course, my Pinterest I could make that board.)
I was cheerfully catching up on some new neighbours who had appeared in my list the other day when I found the most wonderful idea for a Christmas decoration. Someone had knitted a gorgeous little pair of Christmas socks and put them inside a glass bauble. She’s also posted about it on her blog, so go and take a look: Handmade ornament.
This gave me a good idea for one cute and (hopefully) quick Christmas present for my homemade Christmas plan. I will make everyone in my family a tiny knitted Christmas related thing (socks? these mice? something completely different?) and then buy a set of clear glass baubles (I am hoping Poundland will sell some) and put them inside. Everyone will get one bauble, and all together it will make a whole set.
So, what should I knit to go inside the baubles? Let me know any ideas you have by posting in the comments.