There is something very soothing about sitting on the sofa of an evening, knitting a few rows, and winding down from the day.
And knit, knit, knit is better than stitch, stitch, stitch for sweet dreams. I spent a night last week tossing and turning as I sewed in an endless train of zippers in my sleep.
But I have never had nightmares about knitting, I am sure - although to ensure that sitting and knitting in the half-light is stress-free I need the sort of simple pattern that I could, well, knit in my sleep.
Jane Brocket's pattern for these nifty little hanger covers fits the bill perfectly (you can find the pattern here) - easy enough to knit without your dreams turning to nightmares, and quick enough for a last-minute, charmingly retro present.
I love the clever little flowers which you make by winding yarn around a needle - rather like the fluffy balls I loved making when I was small.
And this can also count as a Thrifty Activity perfect for enhancing your halo of modest and frugal domesticity - I made these with yarn from my leftovers bag, and so can you too.
So there you are, a Thrifty Hint, a cure for insomnia, and a transfer
from WIP to the finished list all in the space of one evening - what
more could you want?
I have also just noticed that lots of new friends have joined the jolly party at my little cottage, so do go and say hello and welcome them to the throng:
Jodi at Farm Country Comforts
Deborah at Simply Miss Luella
Sarah Jane at Chantille Fleur
Annie at Moving On
Thea at Hearts and Bluebells
Miss Organic Fairtrade Knickers at I Blame Enid Blyton
Saffa and her lovely handmade paper art
Victoria at Tangled Sweetpea
Sophie at A Good Year
I do love blog names and often wonder how people think them up - the ones above are all so enticing, you just have to go and look. I think I have put down all the new friends - I am never very good at keeping track of who has just arrived, so do tell me if I have missed you out, or if you have been following for ages and I have only just noticed, I prostrate myself most apologetically.
[And if you were wondering about the admirals, yes, they are still bothering me, and I am only doing this because otherwise I would be having nightmares about them and their stripes all the night long. I had better go and knit a bit of my favourite simple sock pattern to ward off any watery dreams. It is such an easy pattern that I can knit and nod away for hours, and the woolly stripes are so much more comforting than gold braid.]