Posts Tagged ‘Gifts’

Well, once again, I am a bit behind.  I wouldn’t be me if I weren’t late with everything.

These are the placemats and matching table runners I made my folks and DH’s Mum.  It’s a pattern out of New Noel.  This would be the first time I’ve done applique. And I have to say, that I do NOT like qpplique.  At least not on small, thin letters.

I wanted them to be traditional reds and greens since they were for parents.  The quilter in me didn’t talk loud enough, so the idiot in me did stitch and turn for the edges.  Wrong-o.  The quilter should have spoken louder.  Next time maybe.

Anyway, here they are.  The placemats, a set of four.


The matching tablerunner.  I think this is much more effective than the placemats, though if I did it again, I would do the borders in green instead of red.  Live and learn.


A closer picture of the snowflakes.  This is where I lost the hair on both sides of my head.  Metallic thread is so beautiful, but it SUCKS to work with.  The snowflakes alone look me h.o.u.r.s!!!!!


And here is where I admit that I can still admire these from where I am sitting.  That is correct, I am not done with my Christmas crafting yet, so here they still sit.  At least they will be there in time for next Christmas!!


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I HAD to post about this pattern.  A good friend called for some people to test knit a top she designed.  It’s a simple top-down raglan knit.  Hopefully, any bugs or size issues with the patterns will be sorted quickly so that she can get crackin’ on larger sizes. 😉

It’s called Kaia’s Babydoll and is knit in 8 ply.  I used Bendigo Woolen Mills 8 ply cotton in Marine (no longer available) for the bodice and Cleckheaten Natural Cotton 8 ply in cream for the body.  I added in some colourwork so the dress would have a gradual change from blue to cream.  I am missing a few transition rows, but that’s where knitting more than one will come in handy.

Anyway, keep an eye out on Ravelry for her pattern, where she goes by MessyMama.


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I stumbled across StitchPoet’s blog one day, while searching for necklace patterns.  Talk about inspiration! You know, the kind where you get giddy and excited?!?!?!

And then I saw her Chip Bag Pattern.  Holy fricking guacamole!  That is so ME!

So I emailed her, and asked if there was anyway to get a copy of the pattern.  Thank goodness for email and the internet, because I was able to pay for a pattern AND get the PDF over a weekend. Woohoo!

OK, so I don’t have the amazing talent of Champ.  Her creations are just awe inspiring.  But I’ve knit up a few, though only have one finished so far.


I mistakenly stretched the bag a little when I was making a pattern for the bag lining, and in doing so, the liner came out quite, er, large.  So I’ve modified the bag a bit.  Using buttonholes on the liner, I added thin leather strips on the sides to help the bag maintain a nice shape.


The handles were recycled off an Op Shop salvage.  I was so pleased that I was able to find something in a brown colour, as finding anything with wooden handles in Op Shops is getting tougher and tougher.  All these crafty people are getting there before me.

For the lining, I picked out a nice fabric I had in stash.  Can’t remember which designer fabric it is, but I thought it was beautiful.  I used Champ’s label idea, with the stamped name of my blog on a piece of cotton ribbon.


Now, I need to get in gear and finish the other two.

Oh, Champ had a pattern picked for the current issue on knitty, for her Bark-A-Lounger.  Congrats Champ!

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Teachers’ Gifts Plus Two

I am always trying to come up with nice, yet simple gifts.  I had made several necklaces from the 101 Designer One Skein Book.  Such an easy yet effective pattern, and a perfect, personalised gift.

So I decided that this is what I would do for teacher gifts this year.

The girls were informed to ask each teacher, what was their favourite colour.  Then we figured out colour combos and got to work.  These are the six we made up:

This one is for KJ9’s teacher, who has cool green glasses.  Its knit on Paton’s Serenity, which is a bamboo/cotton mix.


The second one is for the teacher’s aide in KJ9’s class., who said her favourite colour was yellow. I used a cotton/acrylic mix on this one, as it was the right tone of yellow that I was looking for in a yarn.


KM7’s teacher is getting a bright blue necklace,  knit on Moda Vera Soya, which is a soft and delicate yarn. But it is perfect for minimal stress when stringing the beads


A second one in the blue since the first one turned out so well.  This is for one of KT5’s Kindy teachers.


This one is also for one of the Kindy teachers.  Miss L loves blue, the colour of the sky.  I was surprised to find these beautiful beads at Spotlight, but it was a great colour to use with the cream Paton’s Serenity.


Miss N gets the red one, which I think is lovely.  Of course, red IS my fav colour, so I might be a bit biased. Again, knit with Paton’s Serenity (can you tell which yarn is my fav for using beads yet?).


My lovely hair stylist saw the one I did in this post, and asked me to make one for her daughter for Christmas.  She said to surprise her, so this is what I did.


The way the beads came out, it’s almost like it’s reversible.  This is what the *other* side looks like.


This is the order in which I strung I beads, written to represent each row as you knit it, just in case you want to try it and you have the pattern book:

G = Green, P=P

(1P 1G) x 10  2P  3G  4P  5G  6P 7G 6P  5G 4GP  3G  2P  (1G 1P) x 10

1G  2P  3G  4P  5G  6P  5G  4P  3G  2P  1G

1G  2P  3G  4P  5G  4P  3G  2P  1G

1G  2P  3G  4P  3G  2P  1G

1G  2P  3G  2P  1G

1G  2P  1G


And since my hair stylist is so cool, I made her one as well.  The picture doesn’t do it justice those.  The beads are pinkish brown in colour with an iridescent coating, so they almost take on the colour that you are wearing.  And she loved it too. Phew


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Christmas Decoration Swap

A few of my online friends and I do a Christmas Decoration Swap each year.  We are each assigned one person and you can make an ornament or purchase one, to send to your person.  A nice simple way of remembering your friends in the festive season.

This year, I decided to try out some needle felting.  Having never done it before, I was all thumbs to start, but it didn’t take long before I got the hang of it.  I had some wool felt that I used as the background, and needle felted on top of that.  My swappee loves purple and paisleys, so I fashioned a couple of paisleys and accented with stitching and beads.  I added an “S,” which is the first initial of my swappee.  I cut out a back piece, added some stuffing and a ribbon, and blanket stitched around the edge.  This is how it turned out.


I did a heart of course, because I am all about hearts. Not to mention how much this person means to me.

And someone knows me well, because look at what I got in return in the post last week!


I am thankful for so many things, especially my dearest friends.

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Tone on Tone

So there is now the most massive list of necklaces to make.  The girls are all very keen to give them to teachers, and I’ve had a few people ask me to make ones for their kiddos.  And then my girls of course need them too.  But that’s ok, because I am all about quick knits.  Ask again though when I’m done.  Six down.  Twelve, yes TWELVE to go.

These are all tone on tone.  Wasn’t sure how much I could like them, as I find that contrast in colours makes a piece stand out.  However, I am quite pleased with these.  KM7 and KT4 both had teachers having their last day this week, so I had to get a move on.


The blue one was knit in DK cotton on 3.25mm needles using size 6 seed beads.  This was for a teacher whose favourite colour was like the blue of the sky.


This one is my first on bamboo.  I used the Stella Bamboo for it from my leftover stash pile.  Not too sure it will hold up as the yarn is a mini knitted tube.  So one snag and the yarn itself unravels.  But it’s nice and soft around the neck.


The green is cotton again, which I prefer.  Decided this is for a family member, who loves green.


Now, off to string some more beads.  Am going to branch out a bit on the next ones I think.

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Beaded Knitting

I am in luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuve I tell ya.  What a beautiful effect!  A friend of mine knit me a beautiful beaded necklace and I love it.  So I decided that this kind of necklace would be perfect teacher and mother gifts for Christmas.

This is my first one, modeled by KJ9.


The pattern is the Scallop Edge Beaded Necklace from the 101 Designer One-Skein Wonder Book.  It’s knit on Patons Serenity DK Bamboo & Cotton. and size 6 glass seed beads.  Took about an hour to string the beads (because needle plus yarn makes it hard to add beads) and maybe 45 minutes to knit.

A couple more pics



I used a toggle for the clasp, which you can see in the last picture.  I also crocheted five chain stitches at each end when I added the toggle, just to add a little more length, making the toggle easier to work.

Simple, yet a very satisfying quick knit.

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