It snowed! It wasn’t a long lived flurry, but it is still out there due to freezing temperatures which means: snow day #2. The boys are excited because they have a swim meet this weekend, so they get 2 days in advance to have as a “weekend”, since they feel they have to work Saturday and Sunday. However, this means I can’t work on their gifts either of these days, and I have limited time at the studio. So, all the holiday making is put on hold until next week. The upside is I get more time with the boys to be snuggly and make cookies and watch movies and knit.
I made this Popover Poncho last winter as a class sample. I choose to make it from Pendleton Wool to help with guard against rain and cold. I really wanted the Pendleton that April used in the cover picture, but I can’t afford the $150 for fabric. So I went with a more basic Pendleton. You might recognize this fabric weave from the wool blanket I put together. The Poncho goes together quickly and with ease. The front pocket adds a little playful quality and it is easy to size down for your munchkins! I used grommets instead of button holes and I love it, but I don’t wear it as often as I would like.
I wish I had matched those stripes better.
This is always crunch time. I am working on gifts, and I think,”Oh this will be a fast and easy sew, ” then I plan to make 12 of them and suddenly its not such a fast and easy project! This season is Dopp Kits (AKA:toiletry bag, shower kit) and Kismet Trinket boxes. I have new laminates that I haven’t posted about and they are shimmery and sparkly and will make beautiful bags. But I also want to use my Pendleton wool leftovers for the more manly look. I am planning to make a run to the woolen mills outlet to get some scraps, and I need to swing by Nic and Fig’s for a few especially unique items that are locally made. The boys and I are going to make lip balm, bath bombs, roller bottles, essential oil sample drams and candles to put in the spa bags.
I always make gifts. The idea of shopping for people is frustrating. I don’t know what they want, or how to find it not made in a slum factory or sweatshop. So I come up with an idea for something small and useful. Sometimes its a hand knit, I will work out 10 hats. Sometimes its wrist warmers, to go with batches and batches of cookies. Whatever it is, I like it to be personal.
I was laughing at the hubs as he snapped these. He was being super whimpy about me asking for help when it was snowy and he was reading his book and drinking coffee. It was pretty adorable considering he used to make a point of getting up early to hike to a cave that had these amazing icicles every year…
What are you making this year for your friends and family? Do you have a favorite fast and easy make that you like to do? If you’ve blogged it, kollabura’d, tweeted, insta’d share the link and then I will post it on the Casa Crafty facebook page!