October 17, 2009

No Peeking!

Two wonderful things happened yesterday: the rain arrived and Finn finally started napping. It was the perfect opportunity to get started on my crafting for Christmas gifting.

I'll mostly be knitting and crocheting this year so I can take advantage of those sleepy nursing sessions to multitask. I've got a lot of recipients on my list, so I've got to start early and focus on small projects, mostly hats and mittens and the like. Here are some links to things I'm considering making (note to family: now's the time to stop reading...)

Toasty from a friend to knit with
Garter stitch + knit in the round = perfect movie watching knitting

Mosey from Knitty
I want these for myself!

Fuzzy Lamb from Lulu

Zippy Wallet by Noodlehead

Give a Hoot from Kelbourne Woolens

Turn a Square by Jared from brooklyntweed

Dinosaur Play Mat from Craftzine
It folds up into a volcano shape for storing.

Star Crossed Slouchy Beret by Strands of Me

Danica from Knitty
I've never tried entrelac and I'm embarrassingly excited about this one.

Mushroom Business Card Holder from Wee Folk Art

Calorimetry from Knitty (once again!)

Fetching from (you guessed it) Knitty

Fabric Dollhouse from UK Lass in US
This reminds me of a wooden version my little sister had.

Chunky Button-Up Neckwarmer by Susan Flockhart Designs

Plum Blossom Mittens from Valley Yarns
Not free, but it's only $1.99 for the pattern

Dainty Earrings by Julie A. Buldoc
Hello stocking stuffers!

Trypdisc Earrings by Tossed Cookies

Jofus and Lally by Vintage Ric-Rac

Plus I've got a few ideas of my own (stay tuned!)  Whew, this is starting to seem a bit overly ambitious...  I better go get crafting!

What are you working on?


  1. Great links, thank you. I'm loving the little lamb and the buttoned neckwarmer :)

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  2. i made the star crossed slouchy hat for my sister last christmas its reallly a beautiful hat when your all done ^_^.

  3. wow! awesome, I am thinking about sewing napkins and maybe making a few pair of socks, maybe a doll for my little one. Mostly sewing as I am so much faster at it and Chrismas seems so close...eek!

  4. That is quite an ambitious list! I can't wait to see how it all comes out. And I can't help but hope you love making the slouchy beret. Then I'll have to beg and plead to maybe barter for you to make another, it's gorgeous! I really need to learn to knit....

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this great list and the places to find the how-to's!

  6. Great Crafty Inspiration! Thank you.
    I am sewing some Long sleeve dresses with mushroom and Fairies on them for my Grand-babys

  7. I made the fetching gloves from knitty last year, and they turned out great. Really pretty quick work, too. Good luck on your projects! Love the blog.

  8. I'm making most of my Christmas gifts this year, too. I'm sewing mostly bags, aprons and hot water bottle cozies, but I'm also taking a stab at a hat and booties from "Natural Knits for Babies and Mums." We'll see how that goes - it's been years since I've knitted anything!

  9. You've inspired me to pick up my needles...starting with the arm warmers for my daughter. She figures she could use them as arm or leg warmers. Love your blog. I am putting a link to it on my blog. vamosverde.wordpress.com

  10. Lovely gift ideas! I've wanted to make crocheted jewelry for a while now...perhaps it's time to give it a try. I really like the trypdisc earrings. Can't wait to see how yours turn out!

  11. hello,
    i already finished making my christmas presents except for an order placed by my younger sister for a cardigan that i designed, she wants exactly the same one as mine in exactly the same color.
    what i already made: many "empire hats" and many "1840 nightcaps" but with wool and a different gauge of course.
    my notes are on my ravelry project called "royal hat". i knit with all of those matching scarves.
    i made us for the home tree bird ornaments off purl bee and also their pine tree sachets but to use as decoration, i may introduce some "clover"(?) between the stitches though.

    what's your ravelry ID?
    (very good choice of items, i already downloaded some from your list which i am not good at making).

    would you happen to have in mind a simple, no-stitch classical pattern for a 25 gram skein of 105 yards worth of red angora? it's farm made.

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  13. Oh wow! Those look AMAZING!! What a lovely gift idea!

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