Saturday, January 3, 2009

Finished Projects Parade: Part 3

Here are the rest of the Christmas gifts I made this year.

I found this really cool handmade facial soap on Etsy at Amethyst Soaps. I just couldn't resist it! I decided to make some knitted washcloths and give them with the soap as Christmas gifts.

The first pattern I found was this flower washcloth. It can be found FREE online here. I made one for my friend Emily. I think it turned out well, but I didn't really enjoy making it. It's an easy pattern. You make the five petals, then join them and knit the center of the washcloth. I just got tired of making the petals before I got the third one done and then still had two more and the center to do.

Knitted Flower Washcloth
Pattern: Knitted Flower Washcloth by Cindy Taylor (Free here)
Yarn: Less than 1 skein of Numei Cotton Chenille in Off White (100% Combed Cotton/1.75 oz/50 g/98 yds)
Needles: Size 6 (16" circular and doublepoint)
Modifications: I added a crochet loop for hanging the washcloth in a shower

I decided to try the Mason-Dixon Washcloth from Mason-Dixon Knitting next. This one is knit in the round on circular needles from the outside in. Eventually, you have to switch to doublepoint needles. This one knits up quickly as well (once you get past the first few rows). I enjoyed this pattern more so I made three of these to give to friends and family.

Pattern: Mason-Dixon Washcloth from Mason-Dixon Knitting
Yarn: Less than 1 skein of Numei Cotton Chenille in Off White (100% Combed Cotton/1.75 oz/50 g/98 yds)
Needles: Size 8 (16" circular and doublepoint)
Modifications: None

Both patterns called for Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille. I found the Numei which had the same contents and gauge and yardage. I don't LOVE the color, but am otherwise very happy with this affordable alternative to Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille.

I also did some crafting this Christmas. Most of these crafts were silhouettes of my nieces and nephews. I framed a set of all 8 for my mom and made individual ornaments of each child for my sister and sister-in-law. I didn't take pictures of most of them before I gave them away, but I did remember to snap a shot of the ornaments for my brother and sister-in-law. The large one is their three year-old son and the smaller ones are the triplets.

My only sewn gift was a lovey for N. He used to sleep with a cloth diaper/burp cloth so I thought he needed a real lovey. He likes prints so I picked a few fabrics with animals and kept putting them in front of him. I used this one because it's the one he went to every time.

It also has his name embroidered on the white side.

That's all for now. Off to start on those thank you notes I've been avoiding. Have a great weekend!


jenleic2008 said...

You are a busy, busy lady! That is amazing you can get so many thoughtful and homemade gifts done. I hope the boys are feeling better.

Kate said...

I love the gifts! I made some homemade gifts this year, too. I love making them as much as giving them! I love your knitting! It's beautiful.

Lydee said...

beautiful! love the silhouette ornaments! they are precious! I love all of it though, very clever.

Erin said...

Damn! You are so talented. Why don't you start some workshops in the neighborhood? Seriously.