I have a couple of Christmas gifts that I never showed you and a couple I can't show you because I never took a picture! I got too rushed and sent things off undocumented. Bad blogger!
You will have to take my word for it, I finished one more pair of the giant ribbed slippers for my brother-in-law. His had a navy blue foot and a blue/navy blue cuff. I also whipped up one of these at the last minute for my niece. I used fuzzy brown alpaca and it was nice and soft but the folding is complicated and the ears seemed more bat than bunny to me.
The two gifts I did remember to photograph are both crochet!! Whether it is true or not, I think of crochet as being faster than knitting so that is where I turned when time was running out.
First I wanted a lacy scarf for my sister-in-law. A quick check in the bottomless library of Ravelry projects and I had a four-row repeat scarf pattern. I never got the pattern completely memorized, but I got to the point where only a quick glance per row was needed. Part of the problem was how the pattern was written - to me the instructions were wordy and needlessly complicated. I was a lot happier when I rewrote it in my own words.
I was very happy with how it turned out. I used Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton because my sister-in-law lives in Portland, so warmth isn't as much as an issue for her. She always wears natural fibers and avoids animal products, so this yarn was perfect. It is also very soft and nice to work with. I wet-blocked it and pinned it to the carpet to dry.
Close up of the pattern, which you can find here. I crocheted it firmly, so I hope it will keep its shape and not stretch too badly.
The other crochet project was for my very youngest niece, she had her first birthday in August.
Isn't that a sweet little face? My sister said when she opened it, the dolly got lots of hugs and kisses from her new little mama.
I know that amigurumi has been a hot crochet genre for quite a while, but this was my first dip in the pond. I loved that I could use stash scraps to make it (Encore Worsted) and that I could whip it up in one sitting. Seeing how many little folks are on my gift-giving list, I may just need to invest in a amigurumi toy pattern book. Or I could keep downloading free patterns off the internet. (Like this guy. M would flip if I made her one of these!) If you have a spare hour or three, google "amiurumi patterns" and get lost in the cuteness.
I have one more pair of slippers to show, but M has to model them for me and she is NOT in the mood at the moment. Maybe next time, and then I can tell you about my new toy. Santa didn't bring it, I ordered it myself, but it arrived just before Christmas so it feels like a present. Was Santa good to you?