Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Yarn Along, Other Crafts, and Christmas Snaps

Now that Christmas has passed, I can post some photos of the handmades I gifted to family. You'll probably remember the piggies I was working on a few weeks ago. I'm so happy with how they turned out. These lucky pigs now have a home in Hawaii!
 I also tried my hand at candle making this season. With these little Japanese tea cups I scored at a thrift store I followed this tutorial, adding lavender essential oil to make them fragrant. I think next time I'll add more. :)
 For another sweet nephew I made this aardvark, another Mamma4earth pattern.
 The construction of this paper lantern was therapeutic for me. I worked late into the night before Christmas Eve, and then just sat there and watched it glow while everyone slept. Tutorial found here.
 And another Dory Shawlette for my sister. Seriously, this pattern is so quick and easy to wip up, I want to make one in every color!
 Upon request, I made my husband an extremely warm hat using a combination of Malabrigo worsted and some qiviut (musk ox) lace yarn I won from this blog. Having little desire to try my hand at knitting lace, I knew I wanted to double the qiviut with something equally as decadent and warm, and what could be better than merino wool? The pattern is a simple knit 5, purl 5 which I found on Ravelry. I had made Hans the same hat last year, and wanted to make it longer this time so it could be folded further over his ears for added warmth. It seems my efforts may have been a little too exuberant, as now Hans says the hat is too warm for this unseasonally warm weather. Picky, picky!
 So that's what kept me busy the last week before Christmas, and consequently my progress on Hannah's Milo vest/dress took a hiatus. Maybe I'll have it completed for her birthday in March. I'm not stressing. :)
 And here is what our Christmas looked like. Fondu dinner, a wonderful time with both sides of the family, and my very favorite part, a beautifully crafted handmade Waldorf doll for Hannah. Daria of Nobby Organics made this very special doll for us, and I couldn't be happier with how she turned out. Thank you, Daria!!
My little poser, in her Christmas dress.

Fondu Dinner!
Ready to open presents

Opa tells the Nativity story.
Amazing puppet theater made by Aunt Kerri. Can't wait to use this for preschool!
Every new homeowner's dream come true.
Hannah's new friend, whose current name is "Felicity." We will see if it sticks. The tiny baby doll was another giveaway from Little Chips Handcrafts. Perfect for a little girl expecting a baby brother in 2 months!

 I hope your Christmas was merry and bright!

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along at Small Things, Creative Friday with Linda at Natural Suburbia, and Friday's Nature Table at The Magic Onions.


EMMA said...

You made the most wonderful gifts for your family. The photo's are so happy and cosy looking.

Victoria said...

Love your piggies! The little vegetable patch is a wonderful finishing touch! I was just contemplating a Milo for my niece (due in April) - yours looks beautiful!

Suzie said...

Thank you both!

Gigi said...

Love your little knitted critters -- so cute! And lovely sweet photos of your family Christmas.

Nicole Elizabeth said...

So lovely, all of it! Her dollie looks like a forever friend for sure!

Andria said...

Lovely projects, lovely pictures. A fondue dinner sounds so much fun!

kerri.warmus said...

Love those little piggies! And the photo with the shop vac made me and my husband laugh. All the gifts were inspiring, thanks for sharing.