Christmas, knitting

So here it is… Merry Christmas!

To everyone that reads my little blog here I would like to say a big Happy Christmas to you all! Thanks for stopping by over the year and reading my ramblings about knitting. and cats. and other random things.

Christmas in the Arrowsmith household is in full swing now – last night the presents were wrapped, the Christmas songs were playing in the background and the mulled wine quickly ‘evaporated’ ;). I love this time of year!

If you read one of my previous posts you will know the dilemma we have with putting up a christmas tree due to 3 mischievous cats intent on destroying it. But thanks to The Twisted Yarn and her wonderful knitted Christmas Tree pattern we haven’t gone without.


It’s already been batted to the floor a few times but it’s better than chasing baubles across the room and fishing them out from under the sofa!

On Monday we had our office Secret Santa present swap (Santa obviously knows me too well as he bought me wine and chocolates, thank you Santa!) We also had an office quiz. One of the rounds was a dingbat round so I thought I would share a few with you. I bet you do better than I did!

Here we go, say what you see! (Answers are at the bottom of this post)


Xmas Dingbat 5


Xmas Dingbat 3


Xmas Dingbat 1



Xmas Dingbat 4



Xmas Dingbat 2


Xmas Dingbat 6



Xmas Dingbat 7


(I have to say No. 7 had me completely stumped!)

Have a lovely Christmas one and all, see you on the other side!

Jem x

(Scroll down for answers to the Dingbats)














1) Midnight mass. 2) White Christmas. 3) Mixed Nuts. 4) Noel. 5) Peace on Earth. 6) Mince Pies. 7) Tinsel (‘t’ in ‘sel’ – groooaaann!)

Christmas, knitting

Jump(er)ing for Christmas Joy!

It’s that time of year again when the bad Christmas jumpers are out in force! We had our office Christmas jumper day last Friday but it was actually quite a tame affair and dare I say it, almost tasteful…a far cry from these little beauties I am about to share with you.

So, in no particular order…


This masterpiece is from with added baubles and pink fringing, just in case the santa’s and snowflakes weren’t enough!


The Christmas Tree. I love this idea although I can’t help thinking a few more decorations, or even lights wouldn’t go amiss to take it to the next level…


Just wow – in the words of Chandler Bing, could they be wearing any more Christmas joy?


If you would prefer a Christmas jumper to bring you into the modern age, how about this one by Mark Rober? Simply download the free app for the flickering fire onto your smartphone and pop it in the pouch – genius!


Or of you like to keep things more traditional how about knitting your own ‘angry snowman’ jumper from this 1970’s Sirdar pattern, available from Etsy here 

Finally,unless we should forget the real reason for the festivities and merriment, this jumper serves as a little reminder of what it is all about!

Reason for season Babble

I had great fun researching these and it was hard to whittle them down but I hope you have enjoyed my top 6 Bad Christmas jumpers. Can you believe it’s only a week to go until Christmas eve?!


Bad Christmas

So I decided to migrate my account this week from Who’s That Purl to Jem Arrowsmith but I got a bit confused and don’t think I did it right as in the process I lost all of my previous followers and likes, doh! So here I am again starting from scratch…

It’s been a fairly productive week as I have found myself a tech editor to look at my patterns so hopefully I am on my way to getting the ball rolling with releasing some patterns soon. I have 3 in the pipeline, including the sea urchin design that I posted about last week, so watch this space!

Last year my friend told me that she would really like me to make her a ‘bad’ Christmas jumper, you know the kind, loud, busy and totally over the top! The trouble is she didn’t tell me this until mid-December so there was no hope in me getting anything done in time. And so it’s mid-October already and I fear I am in the same predicament again….When does it switch from having all the time in the world to realising that you probably should have been thinking back in summer about all the knitting you want to accomplish by Christmas! So it’s looking like a full blown jumper is off again this year but not wanting to let my lovely friend down I have decided to go down the accessory route. The only wish she has is that it must contain a penguin.

So the internet research has begun and I know this has been done many times before but I had to share with you some of my all time favourite bad Christmas knits!


I don’t know what I like most about this one – the playful cat, the splashes of tartan or the sheer delight on this man’s face at wearing such an amazing vest!


Next comes this little beauty. Check out the hula hoop for full Christmas tree effect – genius!!


Or how about a knitted santa hat and beard combo – you simply can’t go wrong with this!


This one almost leaves me lost for words…. I know, lets decapitate a poor rudolf, cut off his arms and legs and sew him to a jumper. I don’t know if this one is more Christmas Cheer or more halloween horror!


And in case you were wondering how much Christmas can you cram onto one  jumper, the answer is here. This has to be the ultimate. Just WOW!

So I think I have more than enough inspiration to be getting on with for now!!

But I  couldn’t leave without sharing this little gem too….


Happy Christmas knitting everyone!!