Giving handmade gifts was on my list for this Christmas, and I managed to get all the items on my list completed, posted, and received, in the week before Christmas, and I must say that I am rather happy with myself for sticking to it.
I did manage to post a few sneak peak photos on previous blogs, and on instagram, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, now I would like to share more details and the finished items.
I love casting on new projects, the anticipation and excitement. Also I have not worked with pinks, purples, pretty girl colours for some time as I am the only female in my house, so colours tend to be mostly blues, and greens, browns, and the like, all extremely lovely, and I would never complain as I love it all, I truly do, and I especially love colours of the sea. However I am slowly introducing pinks back into my creations, and gift making time was perfect timing for this!
I came across some great patterns on Ravelry, for pretty cloths with ‘pictures’ knitted into them….. perfect!
Love this teal colour, yes reminds me of the ocean…..
I had no idea, that you could create images within knitting, I am very much a novice indeed, and there may even be a name for this type of knitting but I have no idea, I just love it! Would you like to see how they turned out…………
How sweet do these little images look, I gave these ones to my mum, and she loved them! so happy with how they turned out. A cute little gardening lad and lass……… and a crochet cloth to round it out. I made one of the crochet cloths for myself and use it for washing the dishes, it does an amazing job and is wearing very well indeed, still like new. Although I cannot bring myself to scrub anything grotty with it, I rinse those ones first 🙂
I do apologise, and regret not laying my cloths out better to photograph, the edges look a bit wonky in the pictures, but I promise they were nice and neat and straight, thats what I get for last minute rush to get them out the door and into the postal system 😦
These ones I made for my mother in-law, who loves gardening and I thought would love some garden inspired/flowery cloths. I must say I really enjoyed making all these cloths, but especially the lace work ones, they seem to be much faster to knit up, and I love seeing the pattern take shape. A lot of time goes into those ones with the images on them, but very worth the effort.
All three patterns are again available on Ravelry.
I think I may have blogged about this one before, but I truly loved making this lace leaf cloth, might be one of my favourites. My boys were happily playing with their cars and tractors whilst I knitted…… another one of my favourites…….. bliss
Pattern for this one can be found here.
And of course there was plenty of crochet happening as well.
This one is made from a wash cloth pattern, but as I was making it, I was thinking it would make a nice doily and my niece has told me she uses it for exactly that, which is lovely, and makes me smile.
If anyone is interested in making one, you can find the pattern here. It is a really sweet pattern, and crochets up rather quickly.
Some of my little collection, prior to gifting. I am thinking I might continue making handmade gifts during the year, and have a little basket for my makings, so that when the occasion arises, I already have the perfect gift for that special someone. Well that is the plan anyway…….
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy my handmade ramblings……….
Take care xx