I simply can’t believe Christmas is next week! This has been a whirlwind year and I feel like I’m still running to catch up! Luckily we settled pretty easily into our school routine and are now enjoying our winter break, along with some exceptionally cold California weather to inspire some new crocheted goodies! While I haven’t had a chance to get to all the projects on my to-do list for the year, I’ve been using my little bits of free time to work on some just-for-fun things, something I haven’t been doing enough of lately.
My kids had been asking me if we could do Elf on the Shelf this year, but to be totally honest, the Elf kinda creeps me out, so instead I decided to crochet our own. I found this adorable pattern for a Lalaloopsy elf from Epic Kawaii and I absolutely love how she turned out! This is my second doll pattern from Epic Kawaii and I was once again very impressed with the quality of the pattern and the amazing attention to detail. The first one I tried was another Lalaloopsy, Winter Snowflake. (I’m so glad I at least have one girl to make all these cute dolls for!) The patterns cost a little more than I usually like to spend, but they really are worth the price!
I know I really shouldn’t talk about cold weather, we Californians are pretty spoiled in that department, but it got to around 18 degrees last night where I live which is pretty cold in my book. As usual, this kind of weather gets me in the mood to make some new winter accessories, and I had been on the lookout for a new glove pattern for awhile when I came across this beauty: Cabled Wrist Warmers by Julee Fort. This is available as a free download on Ravelry and I LOVE them! They look complicated but the cables are actually really easy, just front and back post double crochet. I used Lion Brand Heartland in Glacier Bay. This has become one of my favorite worsted weight yarns, it’s so soft and the colors are gorgeous!
And here’s a preview of my current project, the Rustic Fringe Infinity Scarf by Rebecca of Little Monkey Crochet. This is another great blog for beautiful free patterns, definitely worth checking out. For those of us that crochet Christmas gifts she even has a free download for “Honest Gift Tags” to show your loved ones how much hard work went into their gift. I will definitely be using these ^_^ !
Everyone stay warm and enjoy your holidays!