Phoebe and I made our first batch of handmade ornaments last week. We'd never made clothespin skiers before. Seems like an oversight. I saw these on pinterest with washi tape shirts and giant pom hats and thought they'd be cute. Of course it didn't turn out I had any giant poms but Phoebe came up with cute ideas for our tiny poms instead.
Little did I know when I named my doll pattern Elsa years ago that there would be such a popular Elsa on the scene. I figured it was time to make a version of my Elsa doll to match her famous name twin. I definitely couldn't make the glamorous post-freak out version of Elsa in that bedazzled gown of hers so I tried to make the kid version of her. I had a tricky time finding the right materials. I really wanted wool for her dress but couldn't find any at the store in the right colors so I used flannel. And it's hard to match that super pale blond, almost white hair but I found a good match in the baby yarn section. And it took a lot of digging through my ribbon drawer to find something that would work for her dress but I like how this turned out. I think the black background on the ribbon does the trick. I think pre-glitter Elsa looks sweet as a handmade doll. And even Oscar recognized who she was supposed to be! So I guess she passes the test.
What's everyone knitting this season? I have another set of thrummed mittens started (this pair for me!) and a christmas afghan going. Both need to be bumped for gifts though. I need something fun to make! I guess I should check my pinterest. I'm sure I've got something there.
I did crochet this one scarf. Maybe I'll do another? I feel like I knit so much faster though.
I was thinking we were maybe past our Lego Christmases. Oscar's extensive lego collection is covered in dust and displayed in his room is a semi busted state, sorta reminds me of the car spindle in Berwyn. Yes, west siders? Remember this? Year before last I started buying the Winter Village set at Lego for us all to put together at Christmas. Definitely a fun activity and I like that it lives out of sight most of the year. I thought that was the extent of it, mostly for Tim & I, but... new developement. Phoebe is all over the legos this year! She put together most of the new set and has been playing with it nonstop since it went up last weekend. We even went to Ikea and bought the scene its own little table. So I may have done a little damage at the lego shop for Phoebe. It's going to be a Lego Christmas after all! Such a perfect Christmas day activity.
Just in time for Christmas crafting the storybook gals I made last year are now available as a PDF pattern in the shop. Storybook X-Stitchettes, $4. I think these would be so sweet in a nursery. That ship has sailed over here so I think I'm going to back them with fabric, stuff them lightly and hang them on the tree.
Since the pattern is named Elsa anyway I thought I'd give *the* Elsa a shot. I don't know though, not loving my materials on hand. I'm shooting for the young girl Elsa since I could never pull off sequined glam Elsa with my pattern. But I think I've decided I need better yarn and some wool for her dress.
And a third little ornament. monkey?
I need to start a pair of thrummed mittens for myself. But I'm out of yarn and out of roving. I need all things wool and none of them are in driving distance. Makes me batty all the things I need to order online.
Have you seen the Kindness Elves floating around on facebook? It's an idea from the Imagination Tree website for an alternative to Elf of the Shelf. The Kindness Elf promotes giving and kindness by bringing thoughtful heart shaped suggestions instead of mischief and reproachful glances like the typical Elf of the Shelf. I like it! Our Snowflake, of course, is very well behaved and doesn't narc to Santa so she's not in need of replacing but who couldn't use a kind little elf around at Christmas to help remind us what the holiday spirit is all about. I'm sure she and Snowflake will get along famously.
I used the Wee Elsa pattern to make her up. Instead of sewing her arms into the seams I did them with button joints so they'd swivel and she can hold up cards well. Other alterations to the pattern I made are adding black boot bottoms to her legs and changing the shape of the feet to look more bootlike and I knit her a little dress. I can add the details to those changes below.
* Button Joint Arms: Using embroidery floss, a doll needle and two 2-holed buttons, hand sew the stuffed arms to the body as follows: Double thread a doll needle with 20" length of floss. Leaving a 4" floss tail outside the body, insert the needle through the left button, left arm, body, right arm, and right button. Then re-insert the needle into the right button's other hole, back through the right arm, body, and left arm, and exit through the empty hole on the left button. Repeat this circuit again then pull the floss taut and tie off the end. Sew the tails back through the buttons and bury the tails in the body. See this diagram (for bear legs, not doll arms) for a visual. And here is doll with her arms being sewn on.
* Boot legs: redraw the straight leg to have a boot shape. Then cut pattern piece off where you'd like boot to hit the leg and use those pattern pieces to cut out leg fabric. 4 in pattern for the leg and 4 in black for the boots. With right sides together sew the black boot pieces to pattern leg pieces then press seams to one side and then assemble front and backs of each leg. Attach to body as shown in pattern.
*Hair & Elf Hat: These are the same as in the pattern but I put up some in progress photos I took while making this gal. Here, here, here and here
*Knitted Dress: worsted weight yarn and size 7 dpns
cast on 40 stitches divided evenly over 4 needles.
knit 17 rows
row 18: k2tog, k18, k2tog, k18
row 19: k17, k2tog, k17, k2tog
row 20: k2tog, k16, k2tog, k16
row 21: k15, k2tog, k15, k2tog
at row 22 to form the armholes, you will take the first 16 stitches on one needle for the front and then work the front. then you work the remaining stitches to be the back. (pic)
row 22: purl (to keep the stockinette stitch)
row 23: k2tog, k12, k2tog
row 24: purl
row 25: k2tog, k10, k2tog
row 26: purl
row 27: knit
row 28: purl
repeat rows 22-28 for the back of the dress
row 29: join front and back and knit all way around.
knit 9 more rows and cast off.
Sew a heart on front of dress with a duplicate stitch
It's done! I crocheted an afghan! Fun! I love making blankets. Crochet is such a new world for me. It's so forgiving. This just occurred to me.. my border is a little ruffly where I started out because I was picking up too many stitches... I can just cut it, undo that part and redo it! Also some of the yarn I used is not my favorite. I could actually cut out one hex and redo a ring with a different yarn and the rest of the afghan would stay intact! That's a revelation for those of us who started with knitting. So cool!
I've already started on my Christmas colored blanket of same design but my head is spinning in so many directions right now. I have two more ornaments cut out, an elf on the sewing table, and sketches of a new Elsa doll ready to go. Oh, and I'm attempting mittens! And I have a month of PL to do and some new scrapbooking treats just came in the mail. Weird how at 9:30 I can already feel like my day is already running out of time.