Such a lovely Christmas. I tried to rest and recuperate, I really did. I didn't put out nearly half of our decorations, but the house looked festive. I didn't go into cooking overload as I usually do, and everyone was still well-fed (thanks to my all my sweet friends who brought us meals for two weeks!) And while I didn't get something sewn or knitted for everyone, I did get several projects done. I made 7 duct tape wallets and 7 fun fur scarves for my friends in kindergarten, and a few other easy projects:
These Peace, Love, Christmas burlap pillows are a variation of the Scrabble pillows I made earlier in the summer (you can see the steps here). Easy freezer paper stenciling, then I sewed them up, wrong sides together and left about 2 inches all around for a fringe.
Gap scarves (and you get to see all my kids -- isn't the Schlitz beer t-shirt so Christmasy?) I really love this pattern, and want to get another one of these started ASAP (maybe for myself!). Maggie's was knit up with 2 skeins of Loops and Threads bulky yarn from Michael's in mushroom (sort of a camel color) and Sarah's (sorry, I didn't get a picture of hers) was 2 skeins of cream-colored Lion Brand Wool-ease Thick and Quick. These were knit up on #13 circulars -- you cast on 130, join, then knit in a seed stitch until the scarf is as wide as you want (I think the pattern says 15", but I stopped at about 8"). This is a great pattern for knitting while recuperating in front of the TV, as the pattern is simple and easy to correct.
here). Ashley recently graduated from the University of Louisville, so I used a variation of the cardinal found in Colorwork Creations (beautiful book!) I also learned the Latvian braid for the top of the stocking; I think I have my lesson for our next Knit Night -- it's an easy technique that really adds some snap to the edges of knitted work. After some trial and error, I found that the best thing to line these stocking with is t-shirt material; I found a red-striped shirt at Goodwill which made a perfect lining for this one. I have another stocking in the works for her mom -- pictures soon!
If you've read this blog for long, you know that I inherited several fruitcake tins of buttons from my mom. I sewed a bunch of them on this pillow for my niece, Taylor, and once again, I think I have just as many buttons as I started with!
I have a crafty goal for 2012: socks. I know, they have defeated (ha - an unintended play on words!) me before, but this year, I am going to conquer them, even if I have to drive all the way to Alabama for a lesson.