Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Gift Crafting

I can't believe I actually finished making all of my Christmas gifts the week of Thanksgiving. I don't quite know how I did it, but I hope I can repeat it next year! I think the two factors that made this happen were: I bought about half of the gifts this year, and I made less time-involved projects than last year. I still had a goal of a handmade Christmas, so many of the gifts I did buy were made by others or were gifts to encourage craftyness, like drawing pads and a cross stitch kit.

First up are a pair of Noro Camp Out Fingerless Gloves for Debby.

Noro Camp Out Fingerless Mitts

I really loved these gloves but did make a few mods. I used kitchener stitch to join the garter stitch tube, rather than a three needle bind off. I also added some ribbing around the upper arm because it seemed a little tight to me. I think I might make them just a bit shorter next time.

Yarn: Noro Kureyon 219
Needles: Sz 8 dpns
Pattern: Camp out Fingerless Mitts


I've been long wanting to make an art case for one of my nieces and nephews. I only made this one this year but I think next year, the rest of them will receive one.

Art Case for My Niece for Christmas

Art Case for My Niece for Christmas

I came across this great little pattern on Sew Mama Sew and really liked it. The only change I made was to knit an icord loop for the button. If I were to use this pattern again, I think I'd make the case a bit larger (it doesn't fit an average drawing pad) and eliminate the top little pocket (on the left) because I'm not sure how functional it is, given that it is shallow.

Pattern: Art Bag Tutorial by From an Igloo


My nephew, Anderson, asked me to make him a cardinal when I saw him this summer.

Crochet Cardinal

Pattern: Chicken Amigurumi Pattern
Yarn: Dalegarn Falk

My niece, Madison, is finally old enough that I can use safety eyes on her toys! I try not to give her anything with too many parts--my brother hates having little pieces lying around (I've heard he has been known to throw out board games!). :)

Little Snail and His Pear Home

Pattern: Little Snail and His Pear Home from Amigurumi World 2


I've been wanting to try the Jacques Cousteau hat for a long time and thought my brother-in-law would be the perfect recipient.

Jacques Cousteau Hat Top View

Pattern: Jacques Cousteau Hat
Yarn: Ella Rae Classic
I followed the mods by quirkygranolagirl for a worsted weight yarn.


Finally, a pair of soap socks for my step sisters. My mom and one of my sisters both make fabulous homemade goat milk soap and I thought that with all of the soap going around in the family, my sisters could use these.

Dragonfly Soap Sock

Yarn: Sublime Organic Cotton DK
Pattern: Little Dragonflies Soap Sock

Thanks for stopping by! Best of luck with your holiday gift making!

5 comments:

STypeCreative said...

Great post! Thanks so much for the link on my Little Dragonflies Soap Sock! They turned out beautifully! Happy knitting. :) - Rebecca

La Mañosa said...

Hi, Rebecca!

Wow, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! I love the pattern and appreciate your sharing it!

John'aLee said...

Sounds like you accomplished a lot to me. Your work is beautiful!

Oiyi said...

Great projects! I especially love the art case you made.

La Mañosa said...

Thanks, Oiyi! I was really happy with the art case, too! I'm already planning to make some for this next Christmas for my other nieces and nephews.