I wouldn't describe my parents as being superstitious, but I was brought up observing a few traditions, such as all Christmas decorations should be taken down by the twelfth day of Christmas (6th Jan) to avoid bad luck for the next year. Another such tradition was First Footing. We were over in England for Christmas, so I made sure that we were prepared for our return before we left: putting the lump of coal and salt in the glove box of the car.
The only problem with that plan was that, after a flat tyre on the way to the airport, long security lines, a delayed flight (the aftermath of the underwear bomber), spending 12 hours on an aeroplane, no sleep, a 4am (GMT) arrival, retrieving bags, driving home etc. I forgot the First Footing. Maybe my tall, dark husband was the first over the threshold in the New Year, maybe he was carrying one of the bags that had food in and had a coin in his pocket. It was probably short little me, though. And the lump of coal was definitely still in the glove box the next day.
Still, I'm sure that 2 tellies dying on us, my oven having a funny turn and our computer's indecision about whether it wants to continue working is completely unrelated. I have been scared to touch my sewing machine, mind, given my current luck with electrical appliances...
Hopefully posting about Christmas presents in February isn't unlucky, as I don't have much else to show you. It's not déjà vu - I just seem to have a tendency to stick to the tried and tested at Christmas time...
This was for one of my son's teachers, who is expecting a baby boy (it's a little nerve wracking when your source of information is a 6 year old, but luckily he did get all the details correct...). I think that this is my favourite boy baby blanket that I have made so far.
The other teachers got the usual clutch (from Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Karol) with English chocolates inside.
Another pair of Last-minute Knit Mitts in knit 1 purl 1 rib were churned out for a stocking stuffer. Last, but not least, here's another Emmeline apron. I think that I've got my money's worth out of this pattern. This one was for my Nan. Side 1:
Side 2:Here's the fabrics:
Translation of the day (easy ones today):
UK English: aeroplane = airplane in US English
UK English: telly (pl. tellies) = TV / television in US English
UK English: tyre = tire in US English
American immigration has started taking pictures of arriving Legal Aliens, which seems a little mean at 4am after a long flight. I'm hoping that that photo gets destroyed...