Archive for the ‘Homemade Holiday’ Category

Our last week for sharing our Handmade Holiday items.  I’m not quite done, but Grandma doesn’t mind nearly finished presents.  I thought I was finished Grandma’s blanket but then I found 3 more balls.  Even with knit night on Friday, I don’t think I’m getting it done in time.  I’ve also got 2 embroidered tea towels to finish for Ella, those will be done in time.

I finally got the mittens felted for Gregory.   The Ice Harbor Compass mittens are a great pattern.  They knit up quickly and I think would be a good first project for someone wanted to attempt fair isle.

With leftovers from the mittens I made 2 felted mice.  One is for my sister’s cat Millie, the other (the one that looks like a Belted Galloway) is for Ella.  They are felted but still need to be stuffed.  I didn’t know how expensive catnip was!

At the back are the peg people I made for Ella‘s knitted fairy house.  I got the pattern here.  They are finished according to the pattern and in the Waldorf tradition, but Ella’s going to want faces.  She doesn’t like toys and things without faces.  I’ll let her help me pick colours after Christmas.

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Yarn Along with Ginny is something for my little weed  🙂

I’ve started Ella’s new pair of longies/leggings.  They come from Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac.  EZ gives instructions for baby size to adult size.  All you need to know is your gauge and the size of the legs you want to cover.   I’m using a new yarn from Sirdar called Crofter.  I like the way it’s knitting up.

I love Trisha Romance pictures.  She has a Christmas book too called A Star for Christmas.   It’s a really nice story and I just want to climb into the pictures.

Today’s Handmade Holiday item is for Ella.  I got the pattern from Beneath the Rowan Tree.  I made it a bit bigger than the pattern.   I needle-felted the finishing touches.  I love needle-felting!  There will be some gnome/fairy type person to go with it.




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A few more things to share for Handmade Holiday this week.  I am pleased to announce that this item is just about done.  Again, Colin, do NOT follow the link.  I need to de-fur it because one of the bleep, bleep cats decided it made a good bed one night.  Luckily no irreparable damage.

This isn’t a gift, but I’ve been busy making mini mittens.  I saw this great idea for a mitten garland in one of my friend’s craft magazines.  Of course, it showed plain mittens, but we all know I couldn’t do that  😛

Still have a few more things to finish, so hopefully they will be done for next week’s Handmade Holiday.

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I finished up some fingerless mitts for my Stepmother.  I have a canvas bag with an Ella picture, but it just didn’t seem enough.  I whipped these up in no time.  I used Marble, an acrylic so they are easy care too.

Here’s another present.  I love the yarn I used, it’s so soft Ella can wear it with ease.  Colin do NOT follow this link.

I’m trying to get a few new dresses made.  I also have a few more Christmas things to make/finish.  So what did I do last night?  I started my new mittens  🙂

I wonder what the others are doing for Handmade Holiday?


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Another Christmas present to share this week.

I finally got Grandma’s shawl blocked.  It’s much finer looking than the one in the pattern, but I like it a lot.  I did change the edging, I just didn’t like the way the original one was working.  But that’s the beauty of knitting, you don’t have to follow ALL the directions for it to turn out.  I used a ball of the Misti Alpaca hand paint sock wool.  I know what you are thinking “but it has alpaca”, it’ll be ok because Grandma lives in a turtle neck and sweatshirt from September to July.  This shawl will never actually touch skin  🙂

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A word of warning, if you are one of my immediate family members STOP reading this post right now.  Come back tomorrow  🙂

I’ve been busy for a while now planning and knitting this year’s Christmas presents.  I love making hand made presents.

Hats for the guys.  Fair Isle one for Colin’s nephew Jared.  Cable one for Grandpa Jack and the watch cap one for Uncle Glenn.

Felted oven mitts for Grandma Isobel and Auntie Lizzy.  I love making felted things.  It’s so much fun to put this giant ‘thing’ into the washing machine and have it come out something else.

For the amazing Uncle Stefan I made Tardis Socks!  He is a huge Dr. Who fan and will love these.

Another felted project.  This bag is for Auntie Belinda.  I used Briggs & Little instead of the usual Paton’s Classic Wool.  It felted beautifully, but be warned.  A lot of colour came out in the water.  Luckily it was the only thing in the machine at the time.

I can’t seem to find the picture of niece Brittany’s purse, so here’s the Ravelry link.  Don’t worry about having an account, I’ve discovered how to share stuff there without you guys needing an account.  I still have to line the purse, but that will take no time.

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