(and I'm not talking about the one on the shelf - I'm talking about the bonafide creator of the Christmas spirit here in our house - ahem...)
There are only 3 days till Christmas, after all. In three days, my Bigs and Littles will be up at 5 in the morning, tearing open whatever Hubby and I had haphazardly lovingly wrapped the night before, and we get to celebrate another year of blessings.
I This elf has been good this year. If you remember, I sent out my last 2010 Christmas gift *in* February of 2011. The year before, even much later, in March. This year, I'm proud to report that the last package will be mailed in the next few days - a record.
(See me bow)
Yes, commence the applause. Enjoy the moment. It may not happen again.
Also, the last of the handmade has been completed today. Impressed?
(I'll imagine you squealing in delight.)
Pattern: Shilling, knit on sz 4 16-inch circs, sz 7 16-inch circs and dpns
Yarn: Cascade 220
It was so much a perfect fit for me, that I seriously contemplated not wrapping it up, and instead just stashing it in my own dresser drawer. But I didn't, and it's now hidden with the rest of the kids' gifts; it's going to my Biggest, who lost his knit hat earlier this year.
G used his sweet beanie, which I knit for him when he was 5 (the blue and brown), every winter for almost 5 years. While I'm grateful that he was able to hang on to it for so long, I finally had to accept that it had disappeared, and decided he needed another one, a completely different one.
Shilling is a very handsome pattern! It's hard to see the texture and cables in my pictures, but it's definitely fitting for an older boy. I think he's going to love it.
And the final handmade completed is for my sweet R, for her special American Girl Doll, whom she lovingly named Claire...
I decided to do larger scraps, even on this tiny quilt. R is quite my helper and right hand woman when I sew, and I knew she loved these fabrics. In fact, she had separated many of these scraps as her favorites.
I did a second round of quilting, adding flowers to it. I can't tell you how excited I am to give this to her. I am expecting a doll bed in the mail at any moment, and this quilt will be gracing it. She is going to jump and giggle absolutely.freak.out when she sees the entire ensemble on Christmas morning.
The back - pieced fabrics shared by Natalie (thanks, woman!) the last time we were at her place for our Nova Modern Quilt Guild meeting. R tagged along to the last couple of meetings, and on that day, she actually picked these out the stash.
This elf will now celebrate with a little bit of chocolate, and maybe even a glass of wine. While she won't be hanging on the chandeliers or doing such shenanigans (she is 36 after all), tonight, she will be watching this movie and eating kettle corn like it's going out of style.
Have a great night, everyone!