Oíche Nollag

The time is upon us. For all you crafters still frantically stitching away, you can do it. You have what it takes. And if that’s not enough, remember that Christmas Day is a full 24 hours long. Anytime before midnight cannot be deemed ‘too late’. I, for one, am amazed that I finished my gift knitting yesterday. I’m not bragging – I’ve had my moments some years for sure. I’m never this ahead of schedule so I’m just hoping it’s not the dreamy period that comes before realising a project has gone horribly, horribly wrong.

Anyway, here’s a project that I printed and cut out before I came home for the holidays. It’s a free pattern, Sorbetto from Colette patterns. If you check out the link, you’ll see that it’s actually supposed to have a pleat down the front. That kind of pleat doesn’t appeal to me but I’ve seen people who have inverted the pleat and it looks lovely. Sadly, I didn’t have enough fabric so I just omitted the pleat bit altogether.

Fabric: Cotton from Trimming’s, not quite 1m, 45″ wide, and a 3m packet of white bias binding from Hickey’s.

Time: Probably about 2 hours altogether.

I did my usual trick of doing something completely arseways. I sewed the bias binding on the neckline really painstakingly only to discover that I’d done it upside down and back to front. Once I followed the instructions (sigh) there was no problem.

I foresee myself making many permutations of this top, it’s so comfortable and very easy to make.

Oíche Nollag is a bit different in our household; we have an old-fashioned tea at 6pm, go to evening mass and then do presents afterwards. For a knitter, this is a double-edged sword but for once, I’m ready. Best wishes to you all, regardless of what you celebrate. And to all of you counting down the inches – godspeed and good luck!

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