My Christmas knitting is done! I'll be doing a post about all that next week but for now, I can breathe a sigh of relief that just about everything got completed in time. Last year I was slightly burnt out after so much crafting but this year I'm still desperate to knit and create every free minute, although there's been fewer of those than I would have liked this week. Next week I'm committing to nothing but watching movies from the couch!
Anyway, right now I'm working on a blanket to be sent out to the neonatal unit at St George's Hospital, where it'll help keep a tiny baby warm over winter. Sunrise Senior Living have partnered with preemie charity First Touch this winter to campaign for crafters to donate some knitted hats and blankets, and they sent me this gorgeous cosy yarn to make my blanket (Stylecraft Chunky in Spice and Pomegranate). I'm also going to make a couple of wee hats to go along with it - the patterns for both are available on the Sunrise blog if anyone wants to find out more about this fantastic project. The squares knit up super quickly and the blanket only takes around 300g of yarn, so it's a nice budget-friendly way to help.
Reading - Mandy by Julie Edwards, Lone Star by Paullina Simons
Mandy is my Christmas book, although the story is actually told over the course of a year, with the four parts being set seasonally and ending up at Christmas. Mandy lives in an orphanage and longs for a family of her own. One day she sneaks into the woods to explore and finds an abandoned cottage, which she spends time fixing up and making into a place of her own. It's more interesting than I've made it sound, I swear! Plus it has that delightful feel-good vibe of a classic children's book, perfect for festive reading.
I've read almost all of Paullina Simons books and, although The Bronze Horseman remains one of my all-time favourite reads, she's a bit hit-and-miss as far as I'm concerned. I'm only a few chapters into Lone Star but Goodreads has assured me it gets a bit less Nicholas Sparks at some point. It's long enough that I'll give up soon if it doesn't improve anyway.
Linking up to Ginny's Yarn Along.