‘Tis the Season to Swelter

So this weeks offering will have very similar themes to my last post; heat and Christmas. It is still ridiculously hot and this hasn’t made the stress of my first Christmas knitting presents for people any easier.  Naturally to the horror of Queensland summer temperatures I have added the inevitable wrist/shoulder strain of the last minute knitter. Tragedy. When you factor in that it’s too hot for coffee some days it’s a miracle I manage to function at all.

I have rallied the remnants of my festive spirit however, and will not let this minor set back upset my plans for an awesome Christmas. Mostly I am excited about going to England and seeing dear old friends in good ol’ London town. Some of the rest of my excitement comes from really getting to grips with some Biggan Design yarn for the first time while making those presents.

Using some of the myriad little patterns and gems of ideas on the Internet I used some of my favourite, best and brightest Biggan colours for presents. Other than the pure joy of seeing a bag of BD yarns finally in my knitting cupboard (Bright Jade, Deep Turquoise, Yellow, Cerise and Coral Red for those who are curious) the best thing about using them was how good even the simplest stitches looked. Even in the brightest of sunshine and the intense summer palette around me, the little woolen trinkets came out looking like little bursts of colour joy. Win.

So while I run around like a headless chicken trying to successfully pack winter clothes without touching them, I thought I’d share some pictures of those little bursts of colour with you all. I particularly enjoy the his’n’hers mug warmers.

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I’m off to the other hemisphere for a while but will try to send some quick updates from the fireplaces/ski slopes I find myself on. Happy holidays to all you Bigganites, especially those of you kind enough to read the blog posts!

Until 2013 … assuming the Mayans weren’t right.

A Colourful Christmas Crafternoon

It was a 30 something degree summer day in Newstead but the inside of Biggan Design HQ had been transformed into a Sweedish Christmas wonderland. Candles a-burning, tea a-brewing , mouths a-chewing gingerbread cookies and all around being watched over by a friendly Christmas wreath. If it weren’t for the sun streaming in the windows you wouldn’t recognize this as a Queensland scene.

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This is phase one of Biggan Designs Christmas Blitz and we are powering up for a Crafternoon of making lovely bits and bobs for you lovely BD fans to purchase and spread the love this festive season regardless of which hemisphere you reside in. Tea cosy kits, 64 colour kits, hot water bottle packs and all the festive colour joy you could wish for.

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Since this is my first Christmas season working with the lovely Biggan Design ladies I didn’t quite know what to expect form the Christmas Crafternoon. Unsurprisingly it was, like everything else Biggan, more colourful, more fun and just a bit crazier than you first expect.

Never let it be said that we didn’t get into the spirit of the occasion, bravely ignoring the thermostat the Santa hats came out to make sure that the goodies were being made with the right festive spirit.

Followed of course by a lunch of Ikea’s finest produce. I’ll admit to being a little skeptical about sardines and the Dryck Julmust in particular. I’m also a big enough person to admit how wrong I was. De-freaking-licous, the lot of it.

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So if anyone is stuck for ideas for this festive season BD has plenty of options for you, from stash bags and special Hot Water Bottle kits (even some Christmas coloured ones) to our gorgeous gift cards. The gift cards are a great idea if you find yourself lacking the inspiration of the time to come up with something for you knitting mad friends a family, plus they are made with a pretty picture of our yarn on them!

As always check the website http://www.biggandesign.com/ to view or purchase any of the crafty magic we made for you and we hope you are all enjoying the warm up to this Christmas, be it swelteringly hot or bitterly cold.

Happy Christmas Knitters