Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Very Special Stocking

This stocking is one that I am very proud of and is very special to me.

I have known Ouida Mae’s father for a very long time and he’s actually how I met my husband. It’s a long and interesting story that spans about 20 years, but I’ll spare you the details. Ouida Mae’s parents have been around for most of the major milestones in my life. We’re close friends and I love them all very much.

Ouida Mae Foot Listing

Ouida Mae’s grandmother asked me to make a stocking for her in secret. We discussed ideas and what she really wanted was a dog, but one that resembled dogs Ouida Mae had. I found a border collie chart and worked that into my design.

Ouida Mae Sneak Peek1

I changed the dog chart a bit – one of their dogs has a floppy ear and a stand-up ear. I love customizing designs to truly fit the recipient.

Ouida Mae Front

It’s so much fun to personalize these stockings and even better when I know the person so well. I loved the surprise of it, too. It was easier to keep the surprise than I thought it would be. We see them on a fairly regular basis, but I didn’t mention it once.

Ouida Mae and her Stocking

Seeing this picture pop up in my Facebook feed really made me smile. I hope this will be a family heirloom for years to come.


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The Rest of Christmas

Happy New Year!

This holiday season did not turn out at all as I expected it to, but it did manage to be pretty good. As it usually happens, the closer we get to Christmas, things start dropping off my to-do list. Add in the illnesses and I just had to draw a line on Christmas Eve with what I already finished and forget the rest.

I usually bake a whole bunch of stuff for Christmas gifts, but I wasn’t able to do that this year. No bread, no cookies, no sweet breads… Hubby did get to make his annual scones for his family and we ended up giving out jams and apple butter and a few things of hot cocoa mix (which is awesome and so much better than the storebought stuff!) I also made some lotion bars that I gave to all the womenfolk in our families. I’ve gotten some positive response to that, so I think I may run with that for the Etsy shop.

We got to have our Christmas gathering with my in-laws this past weekend. Jellybean was so excited to spend the day with Grandma and Grandpa. We didn’t get to see GiGi, who wasn’t able to travel, but we’re planning on seeing her sometime this month.

I’ll go ahead and share GiGi’s gift with you, though. She got a pair of Susie Rogers’ Reading Mitts made with Debbie Bliss BFL DK. These were a really quick and satisfying project to make. I did change the pattern, of course. I started with a picot cast on and finished with a picot bind off, instead of the folded over hem that Susie writes in the pattern. They needed a good blocking to keep the picot from flipping up at the ends, which may be an issue when they’re being worn, and I expect that’s why the pattern is written with a folded hem instead, but I think they’ll be lovely and warm for GiGi.

Gigi Mitts

Next up, we have Grandpa’s hat. This is the full version of the Cinioch by Lucy Hague. I mentioned last time that I LOVE this pattern. I also really love the yarn – Zelana Rimu. This yarn is from New Zealand and is made from Common Brushtail Possum and merino wool. I know what you’re thinking… POSSUM?!? (especially if you’re from the Southeastern US,) but it’s cool, I promise. There are a few things about the possum fur that make it really awesome:

  1. It’s really soft
  2. It’s really warm
  3. It’s not itchy
  4. It’s not from the possums that are around here.

The possum’s fur is hollow, which makes it lightweight and warm. The merino wool adds bulk, warmth and probably something for the possum to hold on to during the spinning process. I made my husband a Cinioch hat out of this same yarn a couple of years ago and it’s his favorite for at least three of those reasons listed above.

FIL Cinioch

Finally, I made Grandma a really lovely lace cowl. This is one of those projects that has been in my Ravelry queue for a while, and one of the best ways to find projects for gifts is to go looking through your queue. I used Zealana Rimu Fingering to make her a Shallows cowl. This project was really fun to work on. It went quickly, and the lace pattern is simple, but it looks so elegant.

MIL Shallows

Shallows detail

So that’s what I’ve spent the last couple of months working on. I worked on a few personal projects between Christmas and now, which I’ll be able to show you soon. I have lots of ideas for my shop that I want to work on now and I’m considering looking into some craft shows, if I can manage to get some inventory built up. It’s tough with a toddler, but I work on stuff when I can and I surprise myself sometimes.

Keep an eye out for a special post on Thursday and have a great week!


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