One of the projects I really wanted to crochet was a cute pair of bunny slippers from this book. I really gave it my best shot (and persevered long after the point I would usually give up – this is what being on vacation allows me to do!) But in the end, it just wasn’t meant to be.
And maybe it was for the best.
Because instead I made these super-cute Mary Jane slippers:
I just love them! They were fun and easy to make, and only took a few hours. I also found them easy to customize and to add a row here and there for the perfect fit.
If you crochet, and would like to make your own, you will find the pattern here. I’m so thankful for talented crafters who share their expertise through tutorials, aren’t you?
So what does a sewer do when she is on vacation?
Crochet, of course!
I am lucky enough to have a mother who is a master crocheter, so when I went to visit my parents over the holidays, I had a few patterns I wanted to try out with her guidance.
My planned projects didn’t work out so well (there were so many errors in the first pattern I tried that I actually gave up on the whole book), but I discovered a book an Amigurumi and now I am hooked! (Yes, that pun was totally intended.)
According to my pattern book, Amigurmi is a Japanese word referring to small knit or crochet dolls, and in the crochet world has become synonymous with crocheting in the round in single crochet.
Mom and I had a great time sitting and crocheting together, and I made four of these cute creatures (and all but one have already found their new homes!)
I made two of these hippos, one with a slightly larger hook for a bigger beast.
This owl is all set to deliver a birthday gift by “owl post.” (If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will know what I mean!)
(As a side note, I took these photos outside, without a coat, in my sock feet, at the beginning of January. The grass is even green! Crazy weather we are having this year – although winter certainly rolled in today!)
And finally, I made this little seal.
I think they are irresistibly cute and I can’t wait to make some more!Read More
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I have enjoyed a wonderful (snowy!) holiday with family and friends (and our celebrating isn’t done yet!) One of my favourite things about Christmas is making handmade gifts. And although I didn’t make quite as many gifts as I usually do, a few handmade things made their way under the tree.
I have a very good friend who has been wanting a Gryffindor scarf for a very long time. This is only the 3rd thing I have ever knit, and the first time I have ever done the seed stitch, so, although it took a few visits from my mother-in-law for help, I am quite proud of the finished project! And I now know how to knit! (well, scarves anyway!) The pattern I used can be found here.
Then came this angry little fellow.
If you love Angry Birds, tutorials for the whole collection can be found here. I have never played the game and am still tempted to make them all, just because they are so much fun!
My sister-in-law asked for a quilted case for her hair dryer. This is what I cae up with:
The button almost didn’t make it on, because my sewing machine was convinced that there was no such thing as a button bigger than an inch! But I persevered and am glad that I did, a smaller button just wouldn’t have had the same impact.
Before Christmas my sister-in-law and I visited a craft show together. We spent a long time looking at some fabulous mittens made out of old sweaters. After she decided not to buy herself some, I knew what I had to make her for Christmas! I found this excellent pattern on Etsy, and made two pairs, one for her and one for my mother-in-law.
This was my first experience at felting sweaters, and I must admit that I think I am hooked! The mittens are lined with polar fleece, so they are extra warm! And I couldn’t resist these little gingham buttons:
For my mother-in-law, I used a Cashmere sweater for both the outside and the lining.
A fancy button finishes them off nicely.
The last gift was a scarf made out of a very soft and lacy sweater, based on s0mething I found in this book. I really love the way it ruffles along the yarn – and it looks much better on a person than it does on my deck post!
I didn’t quite get to everything on my “to make for Christmas list.” Next year I definitely need to start in September! And I still have a few things to whip up before the last family gathering on Jan. 1. (I always make Pjs for my nephews and I have another little something I want to try out – I’ll post pictures if it works!)
I also received some really wonderful handmade gifts. My husband surprised me with a Kayak he restored and a paddle he made himself! This was completely unexpected (I never would have dreamed of getting a kayak for Christmas!) My mother-in-law also made me a beautiful quilted and embroidered wall-hanging for my sewing room. And beyond the gifts I feel blessed to have been able to spend time with family and friends over the holidays – it’s been a wonderful Christmas!
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