Wednesday, July 21, 2010

WIP Wednesday - Handmade Holiday 2010 Up Date

I finished this hat in just two days! It was a quick knit and the pattern is really cute. The picture doesn't do it justice. My model was not in the mood for mom to fool around with the hat or the camera. Of course she wants the hat though. I can see more of these being knit in the future.

I had just a little yarn left. And this yarn is too nice to turn into dryer balls. A quick search on Ravelry gave me a few options for a headband. Another quick knit! And I love it. It actually fits! And of course all the girls want it. Lucky for me it doesn't fit them. But I know I will be making some in smaller sizes.

Here is the first of hopefully many sweaters knit before Christmas. I have a lofty goal of having a handknit sweater for each family member under the tree. This one will be the most tedious, a pattern with a lot of detail I've never done in a lace weight yarn. What was I thinking? Oh yea I couldn't say no to those green eyes and big smile.

As for the other sweaters, the patterns are picked out and two of the four yarns are ordered. Hopefully to be here before we head to the beach. I plan to get a lot of knitting done while we are at the beach!

This is the latest dump store find: a pile of vintage sheets and a basket to keep them in. I plan to make SouleMama's Beach Blanket Quilt. I just need to find a back, a bedspread would work well, so we may be off to the thrift shop later this week. I hope to have this done before we head to the beach. I hope I am not biting off more than I can chew.

A big thanks to Tonya for motivating me to get organized early this year. I have my notebook organized. It is quickly filling up with ideas, sketches, patterns, color choices, and more. Each family member has a couple of pages, there is also a section for wrapping and tag ideas, decorating ideas, food ideas, as well as my card list. (If any of you know of a great toddler winter nightgown pattern I'd love to hear about it.) Now if I can make all the notes on paper become reality before the 25th of December.


  1. This past Christmas I made my daughter and my niece matching night gowns. My niece was 2 and my daughter was 14. Simplicity has a great pattern (#3987) that had both sizes included and several different options both for boys and girls. They turned out super cute out of matching fabric. I love your idea of keeping a notebook of gift ideas AND starting making gifts now. I need to do that too! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  2. If you ever say, "I plan to make this for Christmas," the sub-thought is ("I never said WHICH Christmas.") ;)

  3. Oh Yolanda, I love this. But with the sweaters they wont fit if I wait till another Christmas.

    Valerie, Thanks for the pattern suggestions. I'm off to check it out now.

    Blessings, Elizabeth


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