I posted all my Kiwi Christmas Ornament Swap decorations last week and they should have all safely arrived with their recipients now so it should be safe to share what I sent without ruining any surprises!
I made a batch of Crocheted Christmas Puddings (just like the one I made for the NZ Handmade Swap). I ended up making 9 in total - one for Jocelyn (for the NZ Handmade Swap), one each for the 7 swappers in my KCOS group and one to keep!
It's fair to say I was a little Christmas pudding crazy for a while there :-)
Here's a close-up complete with little fingers trying to grab at it...
I used this tutorial for the puddings just like my crochet balls except I think I may have invented a stitch. I thought I was doing single stitches but I was adding an extra yarn over and it made the stitches a little bigger! I cut out white felt for the icing and used some little red wooden beads for the berries. I tried to invent my own holly leaves but failed miserable so googled instead and ended up using this tutorial for the holly leaves. Had I found this tutorial before I started I could have used it for everything.
But to be honest I like that I put different tutorials and some of my own ideas together so these are original Katie Christmas Puds!
Many thanks to Dione at Sew Funky for organising the swap.