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Handmade Christmas

Alright, it's almost time for a round-up of all those secretive things I've been making for the past few months. But first, a big Thank You to Martha Stewart and Pinterest and Anthropolgie and any other cultural force that has gone into making handmade things cool. You are the reason people now actually look forward to the same sort of handmade crap I've been giving out for years. No more fake smiles or hidden sighs. And for that, I thank you.

First up- the handknits.

1. A cashmere scarf for my mom (based off of one she saw on Pinterest).

More details on Ravelry.

2. The monsters- four of them.  Six if you count the little baby monsters in the mama's pockets. Three for my kids. One for my nephew.

They were big hits. I got lucky on two of these. I actually knit them around Christmas time last year to be store samples for my favorite local crafty store.Then, in time for Christmas, they decided to stop carrying yarn and I got them back. Goodbye only place nearby to buy good yarn. Hello handmade Christmas presents with all the work already done.

More details on pattern and yarn on Ravelry.

Next up, the sewn projects.

1. Pajamas for the kids.

Nothing too special, just quick and dirty elastic waist pajama bottoms. Not the best picture, I know. But they're wearing them in pretty much all the pictures yesterday.

2. A set of Open Wide Pouches for my mother-in-law.

3. A family tree wall hanging for my brother.

Don't I have the cutest photography assistants ever? The panel I used for the center can be bought from cozyblue on Etsy. I bought an extra, so don't be surprised if you see another one popping up in a project somewhere.

I think that's it. I've got one other gift still to be gifted (thank you snowstorm for ruining the Quilt Guild holiday party!) and one other commissioned project but I'll stick those in a blog post all their own. Next up for me, a craft room clean out and work in process tally. It's time to get back to all those projects that got set aside for Christmas crafting. Wahoo!


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