Well, I made lots of wonderful things for Christmas, some of them so last minute I was actually casting off as the plane was touching down on my way to see the intended recipient. And there was one gift I was working on into January. However, everything managed to come off mostly without a hitch.
That was months ago. In the interested of moving on to better and brighter (and warmer) things, I'll just post a few pictures in this post with a little description and we'll move on. By the way, this has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I forgot to take pictures of a lot of my handmade gifts. Nope, nothing at all.
This is the pillow I made for my friend in New Mexico. It was super last minute, considering it had to be done in time to mail it without paying to overnight it. I didn't follow a pattern or tutorial, just kind of came up with it on my own with some visual inspiration from Pinterest. This Christmas I made a huge effort to use what I already had - this started as a charm pack of V & Co's Simply Color I had been hoarding. I loved the rainbow of colors. I had a bit of trouble with the back, and the pieces that make up the envelope are not as long as I like, but it works. I used an amazing down pillow form I got at Fabric.com for WAAAYYY cheap. I bought several for future pillow endeavors.
Excuse the wrinkles :) This is the Little Red Riding Hood cape I made for my niece. I used the pattern from the oliver and s book Little Things to Sew. I gussied it up a little by making it with red wool coating - I wanted it to be both something she could play dress up in and something nice to wear out. I lined it with some pretty navy and white dots and added a wooden button. I also top stitched around the whole thing, even though that wasn't in the pattern. I think it made a huge difference in the polish. I added a beautifully illustrated version of Little Red Riding Hood to the package - I had no idea how, um, graphic the original story is! Don't worry, I read it to my own son first to make sure it wasn't too scary...
This lonely fella is half of a pair of boot cuffs I knitted for my SIL. Yes, I did make 2, I just didn't get around to taking a picture of both! I used the Boot Candy Boot Toppers pattern by Sara Gresbach, found here on Ravelry. I used stash yarn and I thought they turned out pretty cute, though I did have an issue trying to decided on a bind-off.
And finally, the sort-of finished product I had been working on in this post. This is the gift I finished on the plane. Well, I bound off on the plane. I hadn't finished the crocheted edge on the button band you see above, sewn on the buttons, or blocked. But I wrapped it up and gave it to my mom and - hold your breath - she seemed to like it! She really seemed to like it! I told her she could pick the buttons and she surprised me by picking these red ones we found at the little fiber shop in Southport, NC. Unfortunately, I haven't seen it on her yet, since that blocking picture above was taken on the day we left to come home. She did email me the first time she wore it to work to tell me everyone loved it and thought it was store-bought, which is apparently one of the highest compliments you can get as a sweater knitter. With this cardigan, I now feel that I have finally knit my first real sweater, and though this one was a bear, I am working on another for myself right now, so I guess it didn't scar me for life.
So, that's it for Christmas. I suppose if my (many) neighbors can leave their lights up into March, I can blog about it in March, right? Next time, some more current stuff, promise.