I've been busy all week, blogging, reading up on a lot of stuff, starting a crochet business challenge held by Sara Duggan @ momwithahook, you can read about it on her website here, and have hardly had time to rest. It's been fun, but oh boy, am I tired today. To top it off, my almost 18 year old daughter asked if I could go to the hospital with her today for her check-up, so no resting today either.
This has been one crazy week, and I'm so glad it's Friday!
Not that it's going to help much, no time to rest until Sunday....maybe.....but I can always pretend right ?
At least until tomorrow morning when I realize it's Saturday and there's only x hours until my oldest daughter, son-in-law and two grand-kids comes to visit. And I still haven't been baking. Which is mandatory or they'll be disappointed. Especially my grandson. He ( 2 1/2 years old) expects me to have baked crisp bread. And he knows exactly were to find them haha.
Do you have anything special planned for the weekend ?
Anyway, now that Christmas is over, I can finally share what I've made as Christmas presents , including a few extra custom orders and my very first pattern.
F.O.Friday -The Secrets.
My first present was the Eloise Baby Sweater for my granddaughter. It's a free pattern designed by Tamara Kelly who has Mooglyblog.
I chose to use a dark grey as the main colour and went with neon colours for the accent colours.
My project page on Ravelry can be found here and it's shared publicly.
Yarn : Hjertegarns Ragg Strømpegarn in Dark Grey and Sandnes Garn Neon for the rest. Both are Aran Weight, although it does feel like Sandnes is a bit thinner.
Hook size : 6 mm (J).
A very easy to follow pattern and it worked up pretty fast. I was under a bit of pressure for time, so I steam blocked it.
My second present was a pair of potholders/wallhangings for my oldest daughter and son-in-law, they were given as a present from my youngest daughter.
A cute snowboy and snowgirl. Pattern is from Littleowlshut. They design some really cute patterns and I have several of them.
My Ravelry project page can be found here (shared in public).
Pattern calls for a steel hook size 2 mm , but for some reason they turned out too small so I went with a 3 mm. I used Cotone from Lana Grossa.
Yarn : Lana Grossa's Cotone. Weight : Sport.
Hook : 3 mm .
The Colourwork request.
Back in the beginning of December my oldest daughter called me. She needed a Christmas Stocking for my granddaughter and hadn't been able to find anyone she liked. So she asked if I could make one. Only condition was , it had to be personalized with my granddaughters name on it.
So I went on a hunt for a pattern. Now I know my daughter, so I had a pretty good idea, what kind of stocking she wanted.
On Ravelry, I came across Annie's Woolen's. Oh I instantly fell in love with her designs. Gorgeous and very traditional.
Yep. I have never done any real colourwork! Besides the usual, stripes etc. I tried once hmm maybe twice, but I thought it looked horrible so gave up and never tried again.
Well, I didn't want to let my daughter down, so I went ahead and bought an E-book containing 15 knitted Christmas Stocking patterns from Annie's Woolen's. Then my daughter just had to choose the pattern and I "just" had to knit it, hoping it would turn out at least half decent looking. She chose the Moose Stocking Pattern , and asked if I could switch the green and red around so it was more Christmas like.
It actually turned out quite decent and both my daughter and son-in-law loved it, and.... of course.....I couldn't make one just for my granddaughter, so as a surprise. I made one for my Grandson too.
Both my projects are on Ravelry, but I'll only link and show a picture of one of them, since they're exactly the same except for the name.
Project page here and it's public.
I used Hjertegarns Ragg-Strømpegarn in red,green and off-white. Weight = Aran.
Needles : 4 mm and 5 mm. (US 6 and 8)
At the same time my daughter wanted the stocking. I got a custom order from a mom, whom asked if I could make another elf stocking for her (she ordered one in November for a friend whom had just given birth to a baby boy). At the same time she asked if I could make a pair of baby pants to go with the elf stocking, and showed me a picture of what she had in mind. She needed a gift for a friend again , this time one, that had given birth to a baby girl.
Now the elf stocking is a pattern designed by Emie Grace Creations. She has an Etsy shop with some very lovely patterns and very well written easy-to-follow instructions.
I couldn't use the yarn I previously used , since I couldn't get the colour she was asking for, so I had to find another yarn. I ended up with Sandnes Sisu and worked double stranded to get the gauge right.
Yarn : Sandnes Sisu in off-white and Old Rose.
Hooks : 5.5 mm and 5 mm (US I and H)
Adorable huh ?
Yet Another Request And My First Design.
And finally my last "show-off" this Friday. and one that I'm very proud of
My very first pattern, which I haven't gotten around to start writing down excepts for notes. I got an inquiry from a customer, asking if I could make something similar to the Santa hats you can by in Danish stores around Christmas. She didn't like the long tails on the elf stockings. I just said yes without even thinking about it so I kinda got stuck on that promise hah.
After thinking a bit , I decided how I wanted it to look and started crocheting. I've actually sold a few of those in different sizes during December , so some of the sizes have been tested.
I used my daughter as a model for my first Santa Hat, since she was right there and totally excited to get a home made Santa Hat no one else had. And ever since she got it, I had to keep an eye out as to were she put it at bed time or she would use it as a nightcap lol.
So I proudly present to you my first design .
And that's it for me today.
What do you think about my F.O.'s ?
Please share your thoughts in the comments section, I would love to hear them
For more lovely/awesome F.O.'s, hop on over to Tamis and take a look.
Have a wonderful weekend!