**First - my ball tutorial was featured on Elle Decor España! How exciting!)**
Well I'm nothing if not predictable (or is that unpredictable?) - as soon as I get a list together I get distracted by making some other pretty, shiny thing and go off on another craft tangent.
In this case I was distracted by the cold. Abby really needed some warm pants and I can never seem to keep socks on that girl so I wanted to make them extra long to cover her toes and extra wide to cover her cloth diapers. I picked up a few wool sweaters from my local goodwill and felted them. The wool when felted creates a super warm material that keeps out most cold winds so she can stay snug and warm when outside on our walks.
The first sweater became two pairs of pants. 1 pair was made from the body of the sweater using Anna Maria Horner's super cute book - Handmade Beginnings.
I modified it slightly by only making a single layer instead of a double and cutting down on the seam allowance because of the thickness of the sweater and to increase the room for the cloth diapers. I also cut out the back contrasting part. This is a great, very basic pants pattern. I've already made about 5 pairs of pants from this pattern and I really like how fast they come together.
The second pair of pants was made out of the sleeves of the felted sweater. I had been dying to try this super cute tutorial here and it actually was really easy. I think once I got started it took less than 30 minutes for a pair of pants. There is another super cute tutorial here that I'm going to try with my next sweater.
Next I finished weaving in the ends of a pair of super warm stripey baby socks. I knit them out of the BT shelter yarn and wanted to use it as a practice piece for doing jogless stripes in the round (link to youtube video) These were a really basic sock. I used 3.25mm DPN's and cast on 32 stitiches. There is a K2P2 ribbing for an inch and a short row heel with regular sock toe like my plain vanilla pattern. I hand-felted them slightly when I was finished for extra cosy-ness.
I also finished a set of plastic bag holders for a Christmas gift for my Grandma. I'm not much of a plastic bag collecter myself, I try to use reusable bags as much as possible but she loves collecting them and had requested a holder.
I thought these turned out cute. If you'd like to make something similar there is a tutorial here. I make mine slightly different. I make them wider and shorter and add an extra row of stitching to the top to create a ruffled edge. They are super cute and very very easy to sew. If you're looking for something quick to create for someone on your list, this is it!
While I've been busy making things, Abby has been playing along with her new super cute set of handmade wool Matryoska dolls from Kathleen. K actually designed the pattern herself and they are adorable. They are perfect for baby grips and light for throwing. You can see her pattern on ravelry here. I have very fond memories of these types of dolls. I used to have set when I was young from Russia I believe and it was one of my favorite things to play with.
Happy Making! Hopefully I can get a lot knocked off my to do list this weekend! =)