I’ve Been a Busy Little Elf

Well, I told you all previously that I would be making most of my Christmas gifts to give to my family. I feel everything has been going by wonderfully fast and smoothly. I finished the spa sets for my sisters, hats for my nieces, and a gorgeous lace accent scarf for my Mother.

Here’s what I need to finish: (1) The Brioche Scarf for my Dad (2) Beanie for my nephew

That’s not too bad.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of what I’ve done so far. Of course, I still have to get creative with the wrapping and presentation but, I’m sure I’ll get to it…

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I love how the spa sets for my sisters turned out. I used free patterns that can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE.
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These are the hats for my nieces. Patterns are from Crochet Celebrity Slouchy Beanies for the Family.

IMG_6112[1]I am in absolute love with this drapey lacey accent scarf.

My book 101 Designer One Skein Wonder arrived yesterday in the mail and I could not wait to do this pattern from the book.

I plan on making a felt brooch to go with the scarf.

Well, this little elf needs to get back to work so, I’ll update you all later.

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Amazon Gift: One Skein Wonders…Book 1 and Book 2

one skein wonders 1 and 2A co-worker gave me the sweetest gift…an Amazon gift card! If you know me, then you know that I absolutely ADORE Amazon. I mean it is the place for everything you can think of with even better deals than most places.

So, my mind was wracking with the many options of what to buy. Should I get a DVD, some fiction by my favorite author, or some craft books? Well, you know the craft books won, right? So, then I was like what type of craft book? Should it be knit, crochet, felting, quilting, cardmaking, etc? Well, I narrowed it down to knit or crochet (or both).

After previewing so many (and I do mean many) books, I finally made a decision. One Skein Wonders: 101 Yarn Shop Favorites and 101 Designer One Skein Wonders

The reasons I chose these books: (1) they feature knit with some crochet (2) each book has over 100 designs (3) they feature projects that can be made using one skein…thrifty (3) the projects are not complex, which means they won’t require too much time (4) because the projects can be worked up quickly, they would make great gifts (5) the pictures and outline of the book were very detailed

Expect my official review sometime in the future…

I am so excited about these books!

My Crochet Today! Letter

I mentioned before that I made the Bouquet Earrings from the May/June 2012  issue of Crochet Today! . Let me tell you a story…

Well, back in March or April I did a presentation for International Association of Administrative Professional (IAAP) and my workshop was entitled “The Art of D.I.Y.”. The workshop mainly focused on how we can implement crafting into our busy and hectic lives. I covered felting, cardmaking, knitting, and crochet. I even brought copies of my magazines so, they could flip through them and know that they too can make those wonderful designs. Of course, I brought my Crochet Today! magazines and I even showed them a recent project that I had made–the Bouquet Earrings. Well, they were a huge success. Many of the ladies pleaded with me to make them a pair. (Unfortunately, my busy schedule doesn’t really allow for a lot of requests. But, I encouraged them to give crochet a try.)

So, after the workshop I wrote to Crochet Today! to let them know that it was a success and how much everyone loved the earrings.

Long story short, they featured my letter!!!!! You don’t know how excited I was to see my earrings in my FAVE crochet magazine!

Picture below: crochet today feature

 

 

Finished Object: Christmas Trees

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This picture depicts the true color of the trees.

I mentioned that I would be making some Christmas Trees to put as a centerpiece for my kitchen table. I noticed that I had no Christmas decor in the kitchen so, I figured I could whip these up quickly. It does not take long at all to make these. I made the large tree on Monday and made the smaller tree on Tuesday. Of course, it did not take me a whole day and I feel both of these trees could be made in a few hours.

I am really pleased with how they turned out. It has that simple yet glam feel–which is what I was going for. I hope that these tree will reappear in future Christmases so, I wanted something that was versatile and would go with whatever decor I have at that time.

This is a free pattern that can be found HERE. (free registration required)

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Color – Paddy Green

Hook – G (4.00 mm)

Level – Easy

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WIP: Shapely Boyfriend Cardigan

shapely cardiganWell, I started this cardigan on September 10th and the progress I have been making on it is sad.  I saw this cardigan and knew I had to make it. It is one of those cardigans that’s versatile and can be worn with just about anything. So, I started and had plans to finish it before Fall came. Well Fall came and Winter is going to be here on December 21st.

The pattern has been going by wonderfully so far. I think that my progress is lacking because of boredom. I had just finished making a stockinette stitch cardigan and then, I picked up another stockinette stitch cardigan.  Maybe it is time to challenge myself more. I’m thinking a Debbie Bliss design with cables or fair isle…

I do love the color of this yarn. It was gifted to me by my sister, Alison, from her stash. I can see this is going to be a go-to cardigan.

This is a free pattern that can be found HERE.

Here are a few details:

Needles – US 6 (4.0 mm) circular in 32 inch, US 8 (5.0 mm) dpn, and US 8 (5.0 mm) circular in 24 inch

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Color – Windsor Blue

Size – Small

Level – Easy

Book Review: Knit Red, Stitching for Women’s Heart Health

knit red 2I first Knit Red, Stitching for Women’s Heart Health advertised in my Vogue Knitting magazine. I thought it looked like a great book with a great cause and with some gorgeous patterns. So, I then checked out the book on Ravelry so, I could get a look at all the patterns and I fell in love. As soon as it came out, I scooped it up in Books-A-Million for about $20. Great deal! Let me just tell you a few things about this book…

The book features 31 patterns from the top designers in the knitting world. I’ll just name a few from the top of my head: Deborah Norville, Debbie Bliss, Debbie Stoller, Deborah Newton, Nicky Epstein, and so many more! And let me just say they really brought their A-game with these designs. The designs are so beautiful–ranging from a skill level of Easy – Experienced. The designs feature lace, cables, texture, simple stockinette stitch, and so much more. They are beautifully displayed with that gorgeous red color. Every pattern in the book is in red as a tribute to Heart Disease.

The book doesn’t just stop with the gorgeous knits, it really gives useful information on Heart Disease. Heart Disease is the number one killer on women in the United States. I must admit that I didn’t even know this. It really raised my awareness. The book features information on how we can lead healthier lifestyles, the designers tell us how Heart Disease affected their lives, they provide heart healthy recipes, and other resources on preventative measures. I am so happy that this book is helping to spread the awareness for Heart Disease.

I dream of making about 99% of the patterns in this book but, here are my top picks: (1) Cabled Knee Highs by Deborah Norville (2) Dolman Sleeve Sweater by Debbie Bliss (3) Heart Motif Mitts by Debbie Stoller (4) Modular Dress by Maie Landra (5) Cowl Neck Vest by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

I’ll leave you with a few inspiring pictures of the designs from the book…

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Charity: Lapghans

Well, it has long been my goal to make things to donate to charity. This year it was one of my resolutions. And I did it 🙂 Yesterday, my sister and I turned in the Lapghans that we made for Nursing Home residents. I made the green and red lapghans. And she made the navy blue and brown lapghans.

I turned them into the Missionary President and she loved how they turned out. They are going to present them to the residents and put their names on each blanket to make it personalized.

It feels really good knowing something that I created will be a blessing to someone else. I will be looking into more charities for future projects…

I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures:

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Finished Object: Christmas Stockings

IMG_6006[1]IMG_6011[1]IMG_6012[1]Well, the Christmas stockings are finally done. I really did enjoy making these and I look forward to trying out many more of Sarah London’s patterns from her book, Granny Square Love. The main color for the stockings are Red Heart Super Saver’s paddy green.

The corner where I place the stocking (over the bookshelf) does not have the best lighting but, hopefully you can see the details of the stocking pretty well.

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Weight – Worsted (4)

Hook – H (5.00 mm)

Level – Easy

Christmas To-Do List

ecardI feel just like the above E-card. Every single year, I say I’m going to start on my Christmas projects early (like September) so, I don’t feel the pressure that I usually go through. I remember a few years back, I knitted a scarf into the wee hours of Christmas morning trying to have it ready for a gift. Hopefully, that will NOT occur this Christmas. So, even though I have not really started my Christmas projects, I’m gonna try to finish them all.

Here are my plans:

Gifts

1. Six washcloths to be part of spa sets

2. Knit Scarf for an adult male

3. Crochet Jacket for an adult female

4. Four crochet children’s hats (3 girls, 1 boy)

5. Knit scarf for a boy

6. Knit scarf/hat set for an adult female

7. Ornaments to put in children’s Christmas bags at church

Decor

1. Christmas Tree centerpiece for table in Kitchen

2. Mini Granny Stockings (about 5-9)

3. Snowflake garland

For myself

1. Lapghan

2. Finish current WIPs (knit afghan, knit boyfriend cardi)