Sunday, 27 December 2015

Handmade Christmas - part 1

Now that everyone have receivedone their gifts I thought I'd share some of the projects that have kept me busy for the last while.

First up, himself finally got the pair of socks I started for him back in May. They were set aside half way through the first sock so I could get some baby knitting done. In October I finished the first sock only find that it was way to loose! So it was ripped out and reknit the pair in time for Christmas.  I used a pack of Sunshine Yarns Classic sock yarn gradient mini skeins with some Knit Picks Felici for the toes.

Next were some gifts for some friends from my university days. Every year we try our best to meet up around Christmas to catch up. We usually do secret santa but this year we decided to change things up a bit. Edith, had a great idea to limit our gifts to each other to something that fit in an envelope with a Christmas card. It could be bought or handmade but it had to be small. So I got thinking and came up with a few ideas.
I made each of the girls and myself a bookmark from some fabric scraps I had left over from various projects. It was a very simple project.
I cut two pieces of fabric about 3 inches X 7 inches (I can't remember exactly). I then ironed fusible interfacing to the wrong side of one piece.
With right sides facing I sewed them together leaving about an inch gap at one of the ends. I turned them right sides out and pressed them before inserting a loop of ribbon into the gap and top stitching around the bookmark. All done in no time and a great use for fabric scraps.

Along with the bookmarks I made a little something different for each of the girls. For Edith I made some drinks coasters. They are super quick too. I cut 6 pieces fabric (cotton duck from Cath Kidston), 3 inches x 3 inches, then used pinking shears on the edges. I then cut some coordinating felt for the backing, about 4 inches X 4 inches. I used 2 pieces of different coloured felt for each coaster. Using some double sided fusible interfacing, I attached the fabric to the top layer of felt before sewing them together. I then used more double sided fusible interfacing to add the second layer of felt.

As Elaine has recently moved back to Boston, I made some hand warmer packs, using this tutorial. 

I knit a mug cozy for Mary. I used the Hugs and Kisses mug cozy pattern. It took about 16 g/ 32 m of  Woolcraft Aran. 

I knit washcloths for Edel and Jen. I used my go to pattern, Grandmother's favourite, but I also tried out the leafy washcloth pattern. I've had this in my queue for a while. The pattern is quick and well written and the end result is cute. I knit the garter stitch version but there are also instructions to make a stocking stitch version. 

Pattern: Leafy washcloth
Yarn: 28 m/18 g Lily Sugar n Cream

Yarn: 46 m/30 g Lily Sugar n Cream

I'll be back in a few days to share what Santa commissioned me to make for the kids!

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