The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

It’s that time of year when everything has a sparkle about it. Whether it be the frost twinkling underfoot, or those Christmas street lights zig-zagging their merry way above the bustling shops filled with seasonal offerings.

I love Christmas time. Window shopping until you find perfect gifts for loved ones, and if you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at our Gorgeous Things For Christmas in our November 25 issue. However, if you’re on a budget, some of the best presents I’ve ever received have been ones that have that personal touch.

Forgive the pun, but if you cast your mind back you may remember that our knitting guru Liz ran a drop-in session at our head office where she taught the basics of casting on and stocking stitch.

What started as a few of us in the office promising to knit some squares for the Cats Protection, suddenly grew into something bigger. The rookies among us unintentionally became hooked on knitting. So much so, lunchtimes became a gathering of clicking needles and tongues working in perfect unison. Jacki, who had dropped into Liz’s session, progressed from those squares to knitting scarves as Christmas gifts for family members. She also discovered a beautiful yarn in a local shop and the owners must have been left scratching their heads at the spike in sales as the rest of us followed a merry path to their door. One thing is certain, there will be more handmade gifts among our offerings this year.

Of course, many “Friend” readers are seasoned knitters already, which is why the pattern for a hat and scarf set, also in our November 25 issue, is ideal if you’re puzzling over what to get that certain person who seems to have everything. And when that frost is sparkling underfoot, you’ll know your loved one will be warm and cosy in their new hat and scarf set.

Yvonne McKenzie

Yvonne works on the Features team and admits to being nosy, so loves looking after the Between Friends letters and finding out all about our lovely readers. She also looks after our health copy and enjoys writing about inspiring people that help make the articles in the magazine so interesting.