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willowangel
01-03-2008, 04:37 PM
Hey guys - now I finally have some time to breathe after christmas, I thought I'd show you all the things I've been so busy making. Up until about 8pm Christmas Eve I was still finishing off a couple of things - but only small things, so I wasn't too stressed. I loved seeing everyone's faces when they opened things I'd made just for them - it's one of the best parts of the season for me :-) This year most people got made things because I started in September!?!

So, here they are :-) Some are knitted, lots of amigurumi, some sewing :-)

For a goth friend who's totally into pirates (seemed to be a theme in my christmas makes ;-)) I learned how to double knit to make this flag. I like knowing how to do it, but it really hurt my wrists! It's in black and lilac fleecy yarn, very smooshy :-)
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1038.jpg
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Also for this friend - pure silk yarn dyed by me in colours she'd like - I called it Digitalis (a sweet poison derived from the Foxglove plant) :
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1035.jpg
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1034.jpg

For my dearest mother - who I adore and can never quite think of the right thing to convey how much I love her - I made snowflakes for her Christmas tree. Her tree is always covered in decorations made by my two brothers and me from when we were in playschool (my brothers are now 38 and 35 and I'm 26, and my oldest brother had his little boy there this year). I figured I'd make some nicer looking ones than the silver spraypainted egg cups I gave her when I was 3 :-) These were crocheted and then stiffened, and I found some pretty decoration hangers. I painted the box to keep them all in.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1017.jpg
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I also made her this pan rest out of kitchen cotton - it's one of the hexagons from the beautiful Snowflake Afghan which I want to make for next year :-)

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1027.jpg

For my sister-in-law I made a bamboo scarf - very smooshy and soft and great for working in a hospital (like she does). I just used the basic feather and fan pattern, with a garter stitch edging and a big hole at one end to feed the scarf through so it doesn't have to be tied - here's pics of it blocking, I don't have any of her wearing it :-(

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1052.jpg
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1051.jpg

For my best friend's girlfriend I made hair falls. She commented on my ones that are turquoise and silver and said she loved them - so I made some out of her favourite colours - here they are sitting and me wearing them :

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1030.jpg
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For my fiance's twin brother I crocheted a dalek (and gave him a Billie Piper posable doll to go with it - don't ask ;-))

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1012.jpg
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1010.jpg

For another friend who has lots of pets, I crocheted this... thing. I called it a R-at - (he has 9 rats) because it has rabbit ears and a cat's tail. I just kind of started and made a thing.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1008.jpg
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1007.jpg

For another friend - a smooshy pirate flag :
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1006.jpg

And for another, a crocheted hentai tentacle monster (again, don't ask). Here it is, on his head :
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1050.jpg


For another friend, a fellow Piscean who I share lots of artistic fishiness, I made seahorses from the fantastic pattern of Futuregirl's (www.futuregirl.com (http://www.futuregirl.com)) :

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1019.jpg
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1025.jpg
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1026.jpg


For one of my closest friends, some more hand-dyed silk in her favourite colours - this one is called Forest Witch :

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1000.jpg
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_0999.jpg

For my brother, a dj who just moved about 3 tonnes of records into his girlfriend's house, I crocheted a stress record - either for him when he can't get it right, or for her when he drives her mental with all his records:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1057.jpg

For my 2 year old nephew, I started to make a blanket, but then the UK seemed to run out of the yarn and I couldn't find it anywhere. So I made the central piece using Lavold's Celtic knot for happiness, and knitted a celtic knot band along the top, then sewed them both to a fleece blanket which I doubled over. He wouldn't let it go, so that's always good ;-) I couldn't get good pictures of the cabling, so this is just the complete blanket :

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_1058.jpg

For my pet snake, Ash - I crocheted a bowl out of garden twine :

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa179/fiwillow/christmas%20makes/IMG_0997.jpg

I also crocheted a stress guiness for a friend for his birthday in December, and made a pirate phone holder for Christmas for him, but didn't get pics of either.... So there we go, most of my Christmas knitting, whew! I took great pleasure, two days before Christmas, printing out and choosing yarn for patterns I want to make for myself.... Yay :-) Happy New Year all, and thanks for looking!

dreamsherl
01-03-2008, 05:48 PM
That was a lot of work. :eyes: I hope that everyone is enjoying their gifts.

scout52
01-03-2008, 05:53 PM
great job!!! I especially like the snowflake decorations and the silk yarns. those were gorgeous!!

MerigoldinWA
01-03-2008, 06:41 PM
You're into a lot of different crafts to whip all those up. Very creative ideas, with quite a bit of humor. Your snake looks happy in his/her basket. Thanks for sharing, it was fun to look.

In case any of you are wondering what a Dalek (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?s=dalek&gwp=16) is here is a link to learn abut them. My DH actually remembered what they were. LOL

Megan Grace
01-03-2008, 06:54 PM
oooh, my favourite is the silk yarn. If someone gave me that for Christmas, I'd be really excited!

dustinac
01-03-2008, 07:51 PM
:passedout: you have been busy!! Everything looks great :happydance:

Mariblue
01-03-2008, 08:00 PM
Everything looks awesome! My goodness, that silk yarn you dyed is just beautiful! :cheering:

beckyrhae
01-04-2008, 02:28 AM
I love the snake basket!! :)

Debkcs
01-04-2008, 04:12 AM
You were one busy knitter, sewer, crocheter, etc. I especially love the sea horses. Need to make some of those for my sea-themed bath.

KnittingNat
01-04-2008, 04:51 AM
You've been busy like a bee! Everything looks great, I especially loved the seahorses and the Dalek! Now you really deserve some selfish-only-for-yourself knitting :happydance:

WandaT
01-04-2008, 08:12 AM
Wow!!! When did you start to get all those projects done in time? They are all inspiring but I love the hand dyed silk and snowflakes the most!!! Great job!

SusanAnn
01-04-2008, 01:08 PM
Wow I'm so impressed that you got all those gifts made in time for the holiday season! I particularly love the dalek:heart:

ArtLady1981
01-05-2008, 03:03 AM
My o my! :teehee: All those wonderful gifts! Smaller items like that can be very tedious to knit! You have the gift of patience, I can tell!

Thanks for sharing!

ah
01-06-2008, 07:43 PM
Wow! That is an impressive amount of handmade gifts. I hope everyone is enjoying them.

CafeAlaStef
01-08-2008, 11:18 AM
lol @ the snake. how cute!
those hair things are interesting.. I don't think i could pull them off lol
good work!

Jen17
01-08-2008, 11:30 AM
All your FO's made me smile! So sweet to say what you did about your Mom and to make her snowflakes! My hubby gave me snowflake earring for our 25th anniversary in December and then gave me the matching necklace for Christmas...love snowflakes!

How creative are you! I love how you improvised the baby blanket, it looks like it will be loved for years!:yay:

willowangel
01-08-2008, 02:40 PM
Thanks guys :-) Jen, I absolutely love snowflakes, it's a total obsession of mine. I'm working on a cardigan made up of snowflakes at the moment, I will post the pattern if I ever get it finished... I got inspired when I was making them for Christmas. My bloke always laughs at me because I keep snowflake things up all year round :-)

dmknits
01-13-2008, 05:46 PM
Wow....so many projects! I especially love the seahorses!