There are lots of things wrong with the way these blog entries are working out, such as they are in the opposite order from the one I want, and every little thing I say ends up as a new entry, but I am so thrilled to be actually blogging and seeing it spring into life, I am happy to go with it for now, and learn the ropes as I go along!
So, I obviously knitted for someone for the exchange. I knitted for Sarah, I don't think she has a blog.
I made her a hot water bottle cover from Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran as I thought it would be lovely and soft. As members of Rowan International we are given free patterns each month as a members' benefit. Lots of them are available in other publications such as magazines or to whet your appetite for forthcoming books. That was the case with a child's lacy jumper last year, it was from Zoe Mellor's Adorable Knits for Tiny Tots. I really liked that pattern but never had the occasion to make it, so I took the flower motif from it as the centre of the hot water bottle cover. As it was the "Edgy Exchange" I used a repeating leaf pattern I got from Debbie Bliss' How to Knit.
I had some wool and some time left so I made a coat hanger cover with the same edging too, to round off the prezzie.
I really enjoyed taking part in the exchange and have been really impressed at the gifts winging their way across the world, as seen on www.picturetrail.com in the rowaninternational section.