Finally, here are the Christmas presents that I made for the family this past year. I’ve been wanting to make these as Christmas gifts for several years now.
I made a set of 5 starched snowflake ornaments for each of my and my Husband’s Parents and each of our siblings’ families. I made the same snowflake for everyone rather than using a different pattern for each set. I had it memorized very shortly and was turning them out in 30 minutes each by the time I got them all done.
I used different thread from size 5 to 20, including one set of gold thread and two different sets of red thread – all of which I already had on hand. I did have to buy some ribbon for the hangers and I also sprayed each set with glitter spray once they were starched to add a little sparkle. (That was a lot of fun in the freezing cold temperatures we had this December.)
I picked up old Christmas tins at the thrift store to put these in instead of boxing and wrapping. I lined the tins with tissue paper to which I added a few drops of scented oil so that you got a nice whiff of Christmas when you opened the them. In the end it took me a lot of time to make, starch and finish these, but everyone seemed to enjoy them.
Starching and pinning to shape.
This is scented oil from Bath and Bodyworks. I added just a few drops to the tissue paper before putting the ornaments in their tins.
One of the tins I picked up at the thrift store.
This is the gold snowflake which I gave to my Mom.
This is my favorite. I love how delicate it came out using the smaller thread. My Mother-in-law got this one.
I plan to make a bunch of snowflakes for myself to put on a second tree in our home eventually. I’m talking about making a few dozen different snowflakes. That sure will be a project!
Filed under Doilies, Gifts
This is my Niece, Kaeli, and the first of the Christmas presents that I will post for this year. I had this yarn that I had started a knitting project with but never finished. I had wanted to learn how to knit and picked up a book and taught myself the basics. But I just don’t enjoy it as much as crocheting so I’ve all but given it up.
So instead I decided to use the rest of the yarn for this set. The yarn is bulky and fun. The colors make me think of bubble gum and just seemed perfect for a little girl. It is hard to work with though as you can’t really see your own stitches in the last row or round, and I had to crochet it mostly by feel of where the loops were. The Scarf was a little easier than the hat as I just used a single crochet and chain one stitch. That way I could single crochet each row in the spaces from the previous row, making it much easier to feel where to insert the hook.
I had to modify the pattern for the hat slightly so it wouldn’t be too big for a little girl’s head, and I was so worried that it wouldn’t fit. But it seemed to work nicely.
Stitched in Love,