The lull after Christmas

PC240019 Christmas is always something that I really look forward to.  The lights, family gatherings, food and general prettiness of all the decorations and colours make it my favourite holiday.  I try to plan ahead so that I don’t get overwhelmed by it all as the day approaches, and even though for the most part I think I am successful at avoiding last minute panic, it’s always nice to sit and enjoy the sense of laziness that occurs after the celebrations are over.  Christmas week, as I used to call it as a child, is wonderful for it’s lack of schedule and rush against the clock that is the norm for the other 358 days of the year; for the rotating meals at various family members’ houses; and the anticipation of New Year’s celebrations.012 This Christmas was a new adventure for me in the area of gift giving, as we decided as a family (well, mom and 3 DDs) to make our gifts. We only exchange with cousins, my dear SIL and my MIL. I chose to make hats for my nieces, SIL and MIL, and my DD1 decided she’d crochet everyone gifts: a scarf for her Tia and Vôvô, and fingerless gloves for the cousins.   For the girls’ hats I used the beret from V7792, and did one in a dark purple velvet, lined with lavender silk shantung shot with turquoise.  I don’t have a model picture of it, but here it is with me modelling the left hand of the pair of fingerless gloves DD1 crocheted.  She used a mauvey stretch yarn with silver metallic threads running through it. DSC04344 The second hat was a red boiled wool-rayon blend from my scrap box.  It was a bit heavy for the pattern, so the shape is more definitive.  I lined it with shot pink taffeta.  The fingerless gloves were made with the same yarn as the purple pair, but in magenta.  The girls were very pleased with the gifts.

Christmas Eve sophia gifts 2You’ve already seen the scarf DD1 made for her Tia in a previous post. I made a red hat using Vogue 8440, View A, from the same boiled wool as my niece’s.  It complemented the scarf perfectly.  V8440 I made a little knot using the instructions from the fabulous Ralph Rucci dress made by Terri, and lined it with black silk shantung. DSC04345DSC04347

The pattern was extremely simple – it consisted of two pieces, one of which was for the band interfacing.  It’s the same piece cut 4 times and stitched together.  And it looks lovely.  I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of it being worn, so you’ll just have to take my word for it!  I made one for my MIL from the black faux Persian lamb that’s been in my stash for years.  You can see a hat made for my daughters of the same fabric here.  I lined her hat with pink silk as she has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and started her chemo treatments 3 days prior to Christmas.  She was able to celebrate with us, which was the most wonderful gift that evening.  My DD1 made her a scarf in the same pattern as the one for Tia, only in black and shades of blue, which are my MIL’s preferred colours.

And I’m thrilled to announce we’ve a new member in our family.  I got a hedgehog for Christmas!  I’ve put one on my list for many years, and finally Santa thought maybe I was serious about such a ridiculous request, particularly coming from someone my age!  Ha!pickles

Isn’t she just so CUTE?  We’ve called her Pickles.  With a dog called Nuggett, I think we’ve a food obsession going on in this house….

Bragging

I thought I’d brag on my eldest daughter here for a bit.  She has been teaching herself to crochet for the last year or so, and what with our decision to make gifts this year, has been working hard and is really becoming quite proficient!  Case in point:  a scarf for my SIL, her Tia Luisa.scarfI’m trying to convince her to post pictures of her creations on Ravelry, since I have friends who knit and would be interested in seeing what she does.  So I offered to model the scarf for her today to get pictures for her to upload. rose scarfI have no idea what the name of the pattern is or what kind of wool she used, but I do know that the flower is cotton.  It’s very pretty, and I must say I am impressed.  And from earlier this fall here’s another example of her work.  She finally finished up a lacy tank made from mohair lace yarn and cotton that she’d started in May, I think.  It took a long time, as the pattern was a bit more difficult that she was used to following.DSC03653 It was freezing the day we took this picture, but she said she was warm in this cowl-necked tank.  She has worn it a lot, and I think the comments and encouragement she’s recieved has convinced her crocheting is rewarding.  I know she’s planning to knit little fingerless gloves for my nieces, a little hat for the nephew, another scarf in blue for Vôvô (DH’s mother), and something for me.  She hates to sew, BTW.  After making her dress last summer, she has decided she’d rather clean the house than sew up something to wear.  And she thinks the “crocheting thing” is a passing fad in her life.  Time will tell!

P.S.  Have you noticed it’s snowing at WordPress?  It’s totally cool!  I wish it would snow here….. 😦