Monday, January 11, 2016

January Check In

Well Hello!
 Has Winter visited you yet?  We got a bit of a blizzard last night; and with the way the wind was howling  I thought for sure this morning there would be monster drifts to dig through and perhaps a 'snow day' for school.  Turns out the wind just blew the snow somewhere else!

(Free crochet pattern from Repeat Crafter Me)

I thought I would do a bit of catching up since Christmas.  It seems like a long time ago now, what with having put everything away doesn't it?
My last post was a few days before Christmas and I still had gifts to make.  Can you believe that I actually got them finished?  I'm a little surprised myself!

I completed the slouchy beanie hat for My Favourite Girl.  This is actually the second pattern I used:  the first one was really nice, but I had to rip it out three times to make adjustments and I was running out of time.  This second edition was much quicker, and I am happy to report she likes it!  Yes, a thirteen year old girl liked her homemade gift!  That was like a gift to me:)

The pattern for the hat was from HERE.  The glove pattern is called 'Shell Lace Fitted Fingerless Gloves' by Sherry Ramaila.  This is a free Ravelry download as well.  Both are easy and quick.  For the gloves I would recommend using a larger size hook on the foundation row before switching to what your yarn calls for.

These next gifts I have been wanting to make my kids for years.  They are a little too old for stuffed puppers now (especially made by Momma!), but there is a redeeming feature about these.  Inside each dog is a removable barley bag to heat in the microwave and cozy up with on cold winter nights.

The dogs have been put to good use the past few weeks, but of course nothing is as good as the real thing!

I am happy I finally got the dogs made, and I can say with confidence I will never sew with this fake fur again!  Holy cow what a mess!  I had fur up my nose; in my mouth; stuck to my eyeballs and on every surface within five meters of where I was working!

In the last little bit before Christmas day I found the pattern for those crocheted Christmas lights above.  I fell hard for these and crocheted enough for two sets, with plans for a pastel version next year.  I crocheted so much my wrists were sore for days!

Of course once Christmas was over it was time to look forward to new projects.  I bought myself a pretty little notebook and jotted down all the crafty projects I want to make.  There are over thirty in the crochet section alone! *Sigh*, it's good to be optimistic and busy though isn't it?

I got a few works in progress out of the way, which I thought was a great start to the new year:

This pattern is a freebie from the DMC website and I started it quite a number of years ago.  Why I never finished I can't tell you, because it is neither large or complicated.  I didn't know how to finish it:  it's too large for an ornament or a small, so another piece of hoop art it is!

My Favourite Boy finally got his new flannel pyjama bottoms!

I have also had my first crochet fail of the year.  This is the Fifties Cowl from ByHaafner.  It is very simple and I was really looking forward to this one.  It's just not large enough and all the fudging I had to do to make it fit doesn't seem to help.  I'm sure I will make another one, but for now it's going somewhere else and I will move on to another project.

And that my friends, is enough for today.  I will be back in a couple of weeks with the rest of my January makes.  As always, thank you so much for visiting and your kind words:  it's always the cherry on my cake as they say!

Happy Days!


Becki said...

Such wonderful gifts. Every one of them! And you've inspired me to write down all of my great (and little) project ideas in a pretty notebook. They need a beautiful place to reside while I come up with the time and motivation to make them.

Carol said...

You always come up with the cutest project, Jenn!! Just love the light string that you crocheted and the warming pups are adorable (and useful!). Sorry their fur was such a bear to work with! And your real pup is so sweet, too... Gotta love those monkeys on the pjs :)

I hope 2016 brings you many, many moments to create!

Robin in Virginia said...

What super finishes you shared, Jenn! I really like the string of crocheted tree lights. And the pups make me smile! Have a wonderful 2016.

mrs. smythe said...

I've wanted to make those string lights ever since I saw a pattern for them last year. Yours turned out so cute! Loved all of your makes, but really liked the cross-stitch with the white snowflakes against the darker tan background, and I really like your idea for writing projects down. I'll have to find a notebook and do that too. The dogs were super cute and such a great idea for cold nights. I can just imagine the fabric mess, though! Great gifts for your kids, too. Love the pjs, and the hat and gloves combo. Congrats on finding projects that you enjoy making and the kids enjoy receiving (always a challenge!) Oh, and we're still waiting for snow here in Massachusetts, too. I thought for sure we'd have it already, but no. Possibly tonight...

Brigitte said...

Great that you managed to finish all the gifts that you wanted to give just in time before Christmas.
The two dogs are so cute but I have already heard about all the hairy mess when you work with these materials. And I love that hat and gloves you made for your daughter. Such a sweet stitched piece. And gorgeous pajamas for your son.
Nice to see that little notebook that you use for your ideas. And from what you show on your blog you are always very creative and must have lots and lots of ideas.

Justine said...

Oh my goodness you have been busy! So many wonderful gifts you made. I le the crochet light string, it's so bright and quirky.

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