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Monday will begin the fourth annual Handmade Holidays over at Sew, Mama, Sew! You can see I’ve added the button to our sidebar in eager anticipation. I found loads of inspiration in the previous years’ archives, which you can still find on their blog.
Each year I say that I’m going to start Christmas crafting earlier. Each year I say that I’m not going to get stressed out by setting lofty goals that are impossible to achieve thanks to my job, commute, and family commitments. Each year I am frantically finishing projects at the last minute, but it’s always so worth it! (Well, usually it’s worth it. That’s another story for another day.)
This year is no different. I’ve been contemplating my gift list since this summer, but I hadn’t done much until a couple weeks ago. My gift process is SO irritatingly complicated. I always figure out what I’m doing for you & Mum first because I know what you like and you always appreciate the same things I do. Then I decide what to do for the nieces & nephews, which tends to be the most fun. After that I decide what I’m doing for all the couples’ gifts (sisters & brothers-in-law, parents, etc.). Finally, I decide what to get/make Daddy & Ben. The most important guys in my life are the hardest to figure out. I want to knit Ben another hat, but I have a feeling we’ll be purchasing Adobe Creative Suite 5 instead. *Sigh.* My Post-It notes application is keeping everything organized on my desktop. I highly recommend it.
And just because this post is boring without photos, here is me high fiving a bear at the Bass Pro Shop. (Don’t laugh.)
Please ignore my greasy hair.
So, OBX was great. I knit three Hoot Hats on the trip.
Everyone on Ravelry has said this pattern runs BIG, so I had to do a little guess work. Noah is 5 months old, but I knit the 6-12 month version. I know that sounds crazy because I just said the pattern runs big, but I knit this on size 10.5 circs, which gave me a tighter gauge. Long story short, it fits perfectly! His parents love it and so does his big bro, Zeke, which brings me to the second hat. I knit the next size up for him and mananged to try it on him before we left. I didn’t have any orange yarn to knit the nose, so I still have to finish that. On the way home, I had nothing to do, so I used the leftovers to knit the 0-6 month version. It’s very tiny and cute; I love it.
Love ya girl,
I have finally settled on what I’m making everyone for Christmas this year. You won’t be seeing much until after Christmas; I don’t want to ruin the surprise! (Maybe for once we won’t tell each other what we’re giving each other for Christmas.)
This delightful package arrived for me today from Loop. It contains the materials for a knit gift that will make your heart melt, it’s so cute!
This is the Hoot Hat from Spud & Chloe. I’m making this for my youngest nephew. I got enough of the Carbon Grey Outer to make my older nephew a hat, too.
For my two nieces, I’m making a Pick Up Sticks game with a little fabric pouch to store it in, and a Memory game from wooden tiles and pretty fabric.Both of those ideas are from Chez Beeper Bebe. I shouldn’t have written all this here because I may change my mind, but these are my ideas as of now.
As for you, little missy, I have something very special planned. You’ll have to wait, but Christmas is only a couple months away! I’m looking forward to the third year of Handmade Holidays in November over at Sew, Mama, Sew! because I always find inspiration there. Check out their archives, they are full of crafty goodness.
Love you lots,
Remember when we used to cross stitch when we were little? Well, Mum found a bunch of embroidery thread in the garage that had been mine/ours and I had a little aida in my stash. I forgot how satisfying cross stitch can be, with its neat little squares and homespun charm.
I made this little piece of art for Elaine’s birthday, which is just three days after mine. She loves butterflies, so I though this was perfect! I also included a little flower and our initials in the corners to round it out. What do you think? I’m giving it to her tonight at Ben’s family’s Labor Day weekend bonfire.
Miss you tons,
I just won the Amy Butler Laptop Cover & MP3 Case pattern through the Sew, Mama, Sew Back to School giveaway this week! I love their blog because they have such a huge archive of awesome sewing projects; I am already bookmarking ideas for Christmas gifts. Each Friday they have a Free Fabric giveaway, which you enter by just commenting on the post. They choose a theme for each month, August is Back to School, and normally have giveaways relating to the month’s theme, too. I’m excited to see what they have planned for tomorrow, since it’s the start of September.
I had to edit my project list a little. Raspberry jam is out. I didn’t do as much canning as I had anticipated this year, but it was such a hot summer that I wasn’t really in the mood for standing over a boiling pot all day. I am still hoping to make the Nine Patch Doorstop and to cover a chair in the living room. I’m adding the Laptop Case (or two, or three) to my list, as well as Amy Butler’s Weekender Bag. As the weather will be cooling, I should probably also add the Wilson’s Warbler Cardi, which has been languishing in a basket behind the couch since the Olympic Games.
What are your crafty plans for this fall? I know you want to finish the little gloves you started. What else?
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