Joining Ginny for her weekly Yarn Along, that lovely linky party of luscious yarns to knit and yarns to read. Here I am posting all the gifts that were crocheted this Christmas, not just mine but all the household crafters. As you will see, we like to stick to small projects when we crochet.
Here we have two little stocking stuffers - Anna made her Dad a cotton wash cloth and Mary Rose made him a wool cup cozy - Pattern here, although we made ours bigger to fit the large mug. Exhorted by the children, I am reading through Tolkien's World: Paintings of Middle Earth that they love to peruse. It has some of Michael Hague's work which we are fond of as his was the first copy of The Hobbit my children ever read. Naturally there is plenty of John Howe and Alan Lee, whose artwork so influenced the movies. But there are other artists as well and it's interesting to see the different styles and interpretations, and to hear the kids' remarks like that balrog looks like a jack-o-lantern...(which it does)
I made Anna this slouchy hat in a soft grey wool, and apparently she is fond of it as she wears it every day. I think this was my first time using puff stitch, and it makes the hat very thick and warm. Pattern here.
Here we have Eliza modeling what we call my new Wee Willie Winkie Hat or nightcap that Lydia made for me out of a cream wool. It is of Lydia's own design, similar to one she designed for Mary Rose last year in red (inspired by the book Happy Little Family).
As you can see, Kateri is fond of my new hat as well. (to see me wearing it you'll have to visit The Saracen's Head later on, if I let Lydia post the picture)
Kateri has usurped another hat as well. I made a Moriarty Beanie of striped black and grey wool for Jonathan for Christmas. Pattern here, but note it is written in UK terms, US equivalents are in the notes. I made this during one long night I was up with a feverish sickie, and thus distracted I didn't think once to check the gauge or sizing. I just kept going round and round in those neat spirals praying Hail Mary after Hail Mary. It wasn't until Christmas when I went to wrap it and realized how small it looked. Kateri has since 'claimed' it for her own, and who could argue? It looks perfect atop her curls, so I added the flowers and it's a done deal.
It's a great pattern, but "check your gauge"! And stay tuned next week for Jonathan's new hat, which is neither striped nor a beanie.
Anna Ruth made 'his and hers' black wool scarves for Michael and me. His is plain, while mine has a scalloped edge. It's very warm, goes with everything, and I love it. I'm wearing it right now.
And here is the beard I made for Josiah. We kind of tease him, as every time he gets a nice one of his own going he has to remove it since he is required to be clean shaven to serve at Holy Mass. So I made him a nice wool one as a stocking stuffer. I just made the pattern up as I went along, using popcorn stitches to give it some texture.
I think he looks quite dashing, but then again I am biased towards hirsute men in general and my husband and sons in particular. Do visit Ginny for lots more yarns of all sorts!
Edited to add, apparently I am not linking up with Ginny as I didn't make the Linky Widget deadline. Explorer crashed on me and ate my post last night, and alas I am now too late for the party. Maybe next week! :-)