Chicago is trying to break records with most gray days in a row. I've hardly taken any photos of holiday crafting or merriment because it's so dreary. What I wouldn't do for a sunny or snowy day. I don't even care if it's 20 below! And I don't even care that I'm jinxing us! I'll be warm because all I've been doing for the last 2 months is knitting/crocheting. I've made my first pair of mittens, 4 scarves, 2 blankets, working on a third...
I'm about halfway done with this one. Looks more impressive in a stack than laid out but we're getting there either way. Nice bright colors to combat our gray Winter.
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.