Just a quick post to share…
I had a very good year for making handmade gifts in 2013.
A friend has opened up her studio one day a week and I have been doing some neat stuff there that ended up being good enough to offer up as gifts. In fact I had at least two people as for certain pieces if I was in a mood to give them up. So after hunting down some nice frames and spending an afternoon doing the work, they were added to my pile of gifts that were ready to go.
I found a sweet set of figurines that seemed to be perfect for my brother, except for the ghastly colour they were painted. Kind of a crap brown with a few badly placed spots of cream that were meant to be highlights. I spent the money [it was through a hospital gift shop, the money goes to fund the hospital] and decided to do a new paint job on them. I forgot to take a before photo, but here is how they turned out.
Next came the knitted goods… I meant to try and get it all done, but I was down to the wire on Son’s socks to the point were I forgot to snap a photo, but they got wrapped and packed in time for gift giving on the big day. Here are some of the other things I did get done, a cowl and a pair of hand-spun, hand-knit, lined mitts for d-i-l. You will just have to imagine the socks in your head… tube style, green cuffs, purple foot… what can I say, the kids love funky socks!
[EDIT – Son stopped by for a few minutes to grab some stuff before heading back out and happened to be wearing his hand-knit socks so I grabbed a quick photo of them in situ to add here]
So that left the items in which only some of the parts were done and some were still in progress, the house vest for my mom [which BFF #1 was helping with] and a hand-spun, hand-knit mobious cowl for BFF #1. The Vest for mom still needs to be seamed and finished, but the cowl is done except for the sewing in of the yarn ends… looks pretty nice though, the trim has fur from her poodle who died a couple of years back spun into the yarn, so it’s a lovely memory piece for her too.
I will have to take a photo and share the vest when it is finally done, but I hope you have enjoyed my handmade gift gallery from the 2013 holidays.