Top of the list is to get two of my gifts for the Liverpudlian done. He's often quite hard to buy for and not very articulate about what he wants. One thing he did ask for was a box. Just that - a box to store his walking instruments - compass, GPS thingy etc - so that he can always find them. There aren't really a lot of boxes for men available unless it's to put shaving equipment in, so I had to do some thinking about this one. I went to several outdoor shops but didn't think a waterproof plastic box was very attractive. So I bought a plain wooden box online from a hobby store and some wood stain and paint. I blew up a photo of Causey Pike in the Lake District (a favourite walk that he has led) and used it to make a stencil. And I'm actually quite pleased with how it's turned out so far.
I've now stained the top as well and just need to add about three coats of clear gloss varnish. I can only work on this when he's out of the house, so I may well need to ban him from certain rooms on Christmas Eve. I plan to line the box with some wool felt.
The other gift for him is a pair of socks. I'm using the Lumberjack pattern by Tin Can Knits and was happily knitting away on the second sock when I put it against the first and realised that I'd forgotten to change needle size after the cuff. AAAAAAGH.
Thanks for reading the blog and I hope you all have a wonderful, restful, inspiring holiday season. Let's put all the darkness of 2016 behind us and hope for the best for 2017.