Some Christmas presents

I wanted to show you some presents I made this year, and I realized that this is basically my year review post as well, because I’ve barely finished anything that I didn’t end up giving away πŸ™‚
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A knitted scarf for my mother. The pattern is called Trillian, bought from Ravelry πŸ™‚

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A crocheted and felted purple gnome girl for a cousin’s kid who’s wild about purple and sparkles.
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Beaded stars πŸ™‚ These were really fun to do. I bought the wire stars and just added beads! I bought one little box of beads, the rest is from my stash.
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And I’ve been tatting again! I think it’s been like three or for years since last time… I found this angel on Pinterest, and of course the blog it was pinned from is dead, so there’s no pattern and I’ve no idea who to credit. I basically counted the stitches from the pictures. Kind of impressed with myself πŸ˜›
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A crocheted Jawa for a friend who gave us tickets to the Star Wars premiere in December πŸ™‚

A few Christmas presents

Since the holidays are over and all gifts have been received and opened, I can finally post about some things I made.

wpid-20141221_125351.jpgA very shiny owl πŸ™‚ Made from this pattern (it’s in Swedish, but Google translate is your friend), with metallic silver yarn. I crocheted with two strands because the yarn is very thin, but it still became bigger than I thought it would.

wpid-20141221_125602.jpgwpid-20141221_125615.jpgCandle holder. I’ve seen a lot of people make these and I wanted to try it, but the varying size of the glass jars people use means that there aren’t really any pattern available. But I decided to try anyway, and it actually wasn’t very hard to make the pattern fit the jar. Maybe I’ll make more some time πŸ™‚

wpid-20141224_161205.jpgAnd finally, a scarf. The pattern is called Spiral Staircase, and it’s free to download from Ravelry πŸ™‚ I was actually knitting this for myself, but then my aunt saw me making it a few days before Christmas and really wanted it, so I decided to just give it to her. If I could just finish it first… My only chance of giving it to her without her noticing was to finish it before dinner on Christmas Eve, or it would be too late. So I knit like crazy that day, so much that my hands cramped up and my mother had to knit the last two rows for me because I just couldn’t. My aunt was peeling potatoes in the kitchen, so after the ends were woven in and a few quick photos taken, I snuck upstairs to wrap it. And then it was time to get dressed and set the table, so she didn’t notice that I wasn’t knitting anymore. Phew! I’m a knitting ninja πŸ˜€

wpid-20141224_161222.jpgPretty final edge with a row of holes.

I didn’t take any pictures of my aunt wearing it (and I wouldn’t want to post pics of her here on my blog anyway, at least not without her permission), so here’s what it looks like on me:

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So now I need to make myself a new scarf… πŸ˜›

Easter craftiness

I think that Norway might have the world’s longest Easter holiday, at least for students and school kids, starting the weekend of Palm Sunday and lasting all of next week, plus Easter Monday. So ten whole days offΒ is plenty ofΒ time toΒ get a lot of crafting doneΒ πŸ™‚

IΒ took a bunch of wips with me on holiday, but I miscalculated the amount of yarn to bring, so a couple of things still aren’t done. Boo. I’m almost done with a new Bug, a set of Dudes is about half-done, but lack of proper internet made research pretty difficult, so progress has been slow. I’ve been working onΒ another Hansigurumi creature (finished last night, so a post about that will come later), and I’ve made a bunch of new Jellybean Bunnies πŸ™‚

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We’ll be going home on Tuesday, so I hope to get round to blogging some more then. Plus I want to finish the patterns and get them uploaded pretty soon as well, before I have to start revising for my exams. My summer isΒ less thanΒ two months away!

Suddenly, a bunny!

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Meet the Jellybean Bunny πŸ™‚

When I woke up this morning I had this idea in my head that I just had to try, and so, a few hours later a new pattern was published! I just thought of little rabbits that was made in one piece, ears first, and in different bright colors like jellybeans. And it’s also a little inspired by the simple shape of chocolate bunnies, which I love, but always feel a little bad for eating. They are so cute! So yes, based on my two favorite things to eat at Easter, jellybeans and chocolate bunnies πŸ™‚

The pattern includes a bit of shaping on the head, but otherwise it’s very quick and easy. And since it’s made in one piece, minimal sewing is required. The pattern is up on Ravelry and Etsy, in time for Easter and everything πŸ™‚

Flower bag

Earlier this year my mother decided that we should get together and make a bag for my grandmother for Christmas. She’d get the bag and I’d make the flowers to decorate it.

I knew I had a bunch of flowers that I crocheted a few years ago, and I sent my mother searching for them in my grandmother’s attic where I stash most of my finished (and half-finished) projects, but it turned out they only covered one side of the bag. Here they are all laid out on the bag as a test:
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Obviously I had to make more to cover both sides, and I crocheted some more flowers and a few leaves.
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I shipped the flowers off to my mother so she could block and attach them to the bag, and here is a photo that she sent me last night of the (almost) finished project:
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We’re really quite pleased with it, and I think my grandmother will be really happy πŸ™‚