Meet Miss Mittens

IMG_6579The Middle Miss was invited to a birthday party at the weekend so she needed to take a gift. I thought this little purse would be suitable for six year old girl. I hope she liked it because actually, the girl in question is quite keen on pirates. Never mind, I have also seen her dressed virtually head to toe in ‘Hello Kitty’ branded clothing.

Miss Mittens is a pattern from Nicki Trench’s ‘Cute and Easy Crochet’, which was one of my Christmas presents. The crochet part was easy – two circles, one of which had a slight ‘bump’ in it to make the muzzle and two squares folded in half to make the ears. The tricky part was working out how to stitch the zip and the lining together. That part even confused my Mum a little bit. It’s the whole inside/outside thing with stitching, especially when the right side of the lining faces the inside of the bag.

IMG_6588┬áThe finished item looked rather cute, even if I do say so myself. Anyway, I can’t take the credit, that belongs to Nicki Trench!

IMG_6584Finishing this project got me thinking about how I could modify the design.

IMG_1923So, (Rolf Harris Voice) “Can you tell what it is yet?”

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Say hello to Percy Pig. He’s a work in progress at the moment, as you can see. I think his nose needs some modification and I think a mouth and some tufts of hair (like this) are in order. I’m quite pleased with him but I think perhaps a change of yarn might work well next time. As much as I like cotton yarn, which is what I made this out of, I think something a bit more soft and fluffy might be better. So, that’s it for now. Maybe more yarn talk next time.

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Christmas Preparations: The Home Made Gift Challenge

homemadegiftchallenge1Yes, you read it right: Christmas Preparations.

I don’t really do New Years Resolutions. I know that my capacity for sticking with anything is minimal and actually, I’m pretty contented; there’s not much I want to change. This year though, I am making a plan. I want my Christmas gifts to be homemade in 2013. My New Years Resolution is to work on my preparations, creating at least one gift per month. With this in mind, I’ve been thinking about what I can make. My list so far includes:

1. Christmas Cakes or puddings.

2. Food or preserves hampers

3. Crochet items – scarves, handwarmers, shawls, bags, brooches, Christmas decorations

4. Flavoured liquers – I already have quite a bit of apple and bramble gin steeping. It should be delicious by next Christmas!

I can assure you, in the words of Jessie J that “It’s not about the money, money, money”. I think that in terms of the cost of the supplies required to make the gifts and the time, I probably won’t be much better off. It’s about the pleasure of giving. Each year I hate the stress of buying gifts. I’m hoping that creating them makes Christmas more enjoyable.

If you have any good ideas for home made gifts that can be made well in advance I’d love to hear them. Likewise if you’d like to join in my home made gift challenge and create something once a month, let me know.