Thursday, January 7, 2010

Holiday Crafting

Here’s the run down of most of the crafting that was done over the holidays in 2009.  The most work was the “Christmas Eve” coordinating outfits for the kiddos.  I used patterns from Simplicity for C’s pants and the good ole Sandbox Pants pattern from Oliver  + S for A’s, both in coordinating fabric from Joel Dewberry.  C also got a tunic (more a dress b/c I made it in a 24 month size so she can wear it for a while) – I used the  Puppet Show tunic pattern also from Oliver + S. 


I really had fun working on these, and learned how to do some different stitches on my sewing machine…  See the decorative stitch on the pockets:


I made a Christmas Stocking for Coral as well, just like I did for her brother two years ago.  Hers turned out a bit smaller than hit (oops) and I think it looks kind of like a sock monkey stocking…  I did add some additional flowers and some leaves to the stocking, but packed it before taking a photo. 


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Here is a photo of one of the bed pockets I made for my sister and her girlfriend…  I used my parents’ old pillowcases which were perfect.  I followed this Sew Mama Sew pattern to make these – so clever.  I also added initials in bright red but also forgot to snap another picture before giving them!


My big obsession in holiday 2009 crafting was felt.  Here are some of my creations…


mini “Triangle” cats – based on the larger variety my Aunt Jose makes.  These make good toys for kids, or Christmas ornaments.  I embroidered family members initials on the backs of these.IMG_6365  IMG_6027

I made a customized diving ornament for a couple who enjoy diving.  I was so excited to notice their Christmas tree was covered with nautical and diving-related ornaments, but they did not have a dive flag felt ornament!!!


Felt food.  I made these cupcakes as well as some bacon and fried eggs (darn I forgot to photograph these).  I had so much fun making this food!  And fat free!!  The cupcakes used this pattern.  I had some silicone baking cups and these really make the cupcakes.


I also made my sisters Gratitude Wraps – when I saw Soulmama’s pattern I thought they would both enjoy these.  Of course, I forgot to photograph the second one, which has buffalos on it.  But here is the first one I made, complete with a pewter Danforth button (I modified the pattern slightly to use a button instead of a tie on this one). 

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Finally, knitting, my form of therapy these days with all the moving and packing major life changing that has been happening.  The sweater (which won’t fit in the bust until I stop nursing) is the Shalom Cardigan from Involving the Senses. I knit this pretty much entirely on my Thanksgiving road trip from CT to New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  It is a striking pattern and it is fun to knit, and quick.  I used Cascade Ecological Wool.  608

And this little pile was cast on before we left New England on our cross country road trip to Arizona.  I am about 50 percent done with this one.  It’s the February Lady sweater.  Love the Elizabeth Zimmerman style of knitting, and this version of the baby sweater by Flint Knits is awesome.  Fun to knit.  And the yarn I’m using feels great, too.  Araucania kettle-dyed wool in a grey blue. I may have to make this a mother/daughter sweater and make the baby version next!