Once upon a time when I only had one child, I committed to making one handmade gift every birthday and Christmas. Craziness. Now with three children, that's six homemade gifts every single year- three of them at the same time. It can be overwhelming. But it gives me time to focus on each kid individually- what they need, what they like, what they love. Honestly, I thought I would have given up long ago. Too much time, too much effort, too much kids preferring store-bought and flashy. But, they seem to still love the things I make them so I will continue putting way too much effort and time into a handmade gift just for them.
Or sometimes two when I just can't decide.
Anna has always been devoted to strawberries. Even when she was a ferociously picky preschooler. Some summers she lived on strawberries and pepperoni.
The Strawberry Pillow is based off of several Strawberry quilts I saw pop up on Instagram. It's a variation of this free pattern. It doesn't take much rearranging at all to go from a pineapple quilt block to a strawberry. I made a test block months ago, toying with the idea of making her a strawberry quilt. But, I realized this girl has no need of another quilt right now. I think she already has four on her bed. So, I turned it into a pillow and she adores it. It was very quick and easy.
(That's the back of the pillow. I happened to have just enough of the perfect fabric.)
The pattern is Strawberry Fields. The mitts were not so quick and easy. Not the pattern's fault- mine entirely. First, due to my lack of local yarn store, I had to order the yarn online. That lead to not as much contrast as I hoped between the green and grey yarns. The fancy gingham colorwork pattern for the body of the mitts did not show at all. So I ripped and restarted with a simple stripe. Then, since I was trying to turn a pattern for a woman's Medium into something more like a child's Large, they were turning out way too big. I ripped, went down two more needle sizes and restarted. There's nothing like ripping and restarting multiple times to add a little excitement to deadline crafting. But, I cast off at about midnight the night before her birthday. Quick wash and block and they were ready for her party in the afternoon. She adores them. As in, only takes them off to go to the bathroom adoration. Totally worth all the effort. As usual, the details like yarn and needle size are on Ravelry.