Phew! I made it! A few things had to be scaled back to something more manageable given the timeframe, but I did manage to make all the presents for my family and friends this year. I did cheat a little as some people got things I’d made for my stall at the craft fair, but hey! That still counts!
I did several versions of this hat and this scarf in various yarns in such a short space of time I think I could make them in my sleep now. There was a minor problem with the sizing of a couple of the hats. One was supposed to be for my brother but was too small. It was, however, a perfect fit for my 10 year nephew… but his hat was too small so I’ll probably sell that one on my next craft fair stall in February. Oh well, I guess it all comes full circle in the end. My brother has requested a scarf to replace his hat, and I’m working on that now.
It wasn’t all hats and scarves this year though. My mum requested a draft excluder she’d seen in Hip Crochet by Natalie Clegg, but I only made about 2/3 of the design so that it would actually fit in the intended doorway. The white square with the red heart was a bit of a nightmare. I redid it and it still doesn’t look right, but as it’s on a draft excluder it will be lying on the floor so no one will see it that close up!
My older sister requested a Blooming Flower Cushion like the one I made for my niece’s birthday, only in colours inspired by her favourite Tiffany-style lamp. I did my best!
I didn’t have enough time to really try out my new sewing machine, but I was determined to make my dad some “manly” anti-moth lavender bags for Christmas, as he has lost quite a few jumpers to the little blighters this year.
I made good use of my pompom makers to decorate everyones presents. I bought some fabric yarn on ebay ages ago and there wasn’t really enough of it to make something, but it turned out to be perfect for making pompoms! I also customised luggage tags with ink stamps and washi tape to make gift tags. It was so quick and easy, but still one of my favourite makes this year.
I love making crocheted bowls and baskets, improvising a pattern as I go, but something keeps happening when I show them to other people. I made my younger sister this beaded basket…
And this is what she did with it!
And our other sister tried it on too!
This wasn’t an isolated incident either. A basket I made for my Knit for Victory group was snapped up by a fellow member and she wears it as a hat! Maybe I should consider opening a Mad Hat section in my Folksy shop. Who knows, maybe there are more people out there eccentric enough to wear my creations….