Yes, more granny square happiness. This is my little sampler project, another autumn garland. I was going to hang it above the nature table to add some color to our very white walls, but now we have the felted leaf garland there instead. So I'm still deciding where it will go. I do need to decide soon though, since it won't be autumn for too much longer. I also don't know if I will put it away when the season changes, or if I might find a place where it can brighten up the house all year long.
I also just finished a big sewing project. A blog friend who is taking part in a Handmade Holiday had asked me if I would make some prairie style nightgowns for her two daughters. Long and pink and with ruffles and matching was the request. I was super happy to oblige. I love too this post she wrote about her thoughts and family's traditions for gift giving at holiday times. They do much the same as we do. Though as to what we do, I will save that for another post, becasue this one is really about "the list".
It seems like so long ago now that Tonya began her wonderful Handmade Holiday project. And perhaps I thought that she was just a bit too far ahead at the time. I should have known though, she is such a wise friend, I should have listened... Now here it is November, and I am of course just beginning. (In my defense though, remember I had to finsih the nightgowns first, and there was autumn crafting to do. It seems like autumn crafting should come before Christmas making.)
Well, looking back to last year, my timing is just about the same. Really I did look back at my gift ideas post from last November. And no, I did not at all get everything made. I never intended to. My lists will go on forever.
So, I think my list this year is something like...
Dresses, of course, like every year, to be given on winter solstice. But if I don't have enough fabric to make dresses, especially for tall tall Chloe, then I may have to make skirts instead.
I want to knit something warm and cozy for them. I think legwarmers. I need a project I can easily work on in the evenings. This would be it.
I am considering making them little granny square afghans for their dolls. Or maybe extra tiny ones for their dollhouse dolls.
From my list last year, I still want/need to make them needle books. Because it concerns me sometimes, all those sewing needles lying about! So I will really try to do this. And I would love to be working on an embroidery project so maybe a little something on their needle books.
And we will make them some kind of plaything but I haven't thought about that yet. Perhaps a little dollhouse doll, or wool animals, or wool playscape! I will start thinking of ideas, while I knit...
It's a vague list, but it's a start, and I'm feeling more productive already.
Happy creating and handmade holiday to you!