What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Monday, November 09, 2009

Handmade Holidays

Only 45 more days until Christmas, and with this being a wholly HOMEMADE Christmas, all 45 of those days are going to count.

I have a good headstart on the gifts; I've been working on them whenever I get a free minute (which granted, is not all the frequent).

I wanted to share with you some of the gifts I will be making/giving this year, many of which have come from free tutorials/patterns around the web. Perhaps you could steal an idea or be directed to a fun project how-to that you haven't seen before.

I figure, with only 44 more crafting days, now is as good a time as any to start sharing.

I am notoriously bad at "scheduled" posts (I am incredibly proud of myself for posting Foto Friday each week) so I won't promise a handmade post any particular day. Just when I am able or inclined.

I *might* even surprise you with a few handmade posts all in one day, just to add some spice to life. ;-)

Here is my first Homemade gift. The cutest baby sweater I have EVER seen. Also: the first baby sweater I have ever crocheted. Also: the only (so far) baby sweater I have ever crocheted.

I made this sweater for my sweetling of a baby niece last year, but never got around to putting buttons on it. Then we moved, got shoved in the to-do/mending box and packed away. The mending box hardly got touched. I was sorting through it a few weeks ago and discovered this fully done sweater without buttons.

It was not-so-perfectly sized, a year later, for my niece but incidentally, it was just right for my own littlest sweetling.

I planned on saving it for her Christmas gift, but it was just so darn cute! And the weather did get to be pretty chilly! SO I just started putting it on her.

(And no-I still haven't gotten to the buttons! eek!)

The pattern is so simply done: worked as one piece. The homespun yarn is so cozy-and beautifully vibrant.

The free pattern can be found at Baby It's Cold Outside, if baby sweaters are on your Christmas List.

I do hope at some point I might be able to make a matching Elfin Hat.

And maybe add some buttons.

11 comments:

...they call me mommy... said...

Adorable, Rebecca...even WITHOUT the buttons! :)

Blessings!
Amy

Bonnie said...

I am impressed. Maybe, SOME day, I will finally grasp crocheting and knitting. I just don't get it, and end up with knots.
I would tell you how absolutely precious, adorable and darling your baby is, but you already know all that ;0)

Mrs. Cuddles said...

Absolutely adorable and an inspiring post to get me moving on my projects.

~Mrs.Cuddles
::BranchOfWisdom::

Full of Grace said...

It's beautiful. So sad Christiana didn't get it, but so happy Adele gets to put it to use in such a sweet, adorable way :)

Peggy said...

I love that sweater! Right now my crocheting skills consist of scarves and wash cloths... which works out nicely since it is what my mom and MIL want for presents!

I am SOOOO looking forward to further Christmas gift posts!

Nanci said...

Rebecca,

This little sweater is precious. Kudos on a great job. You've come a long, long way from crocheting just afghan squares. LOL

Happy Crafting,

Nanci

Terri said...

Both the baby and the sweater are beautiful!

sem said...

So glad you posted! I've been meaning to ask you what you were working on to steal...er, I mean get ideas. So far I've made a handkerchief that I'll be embroidering and I'm working on doing silhouettes of my boys for my mother in law. Was stumped for more ideas and running short on time.

Wendy said...

YOUR SWEATER IS INDEED BEAUTIFUL...FABULOUS JOB! IT REMINDS ME OF THE SWEATER I STARTED BEFORE ASHER WAS BORN, AND HAVE YET TO FINISH IT...IT IS BECKONING, AND YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME. I AM ALSO TRYING TO DO SOME HOMEMADE ITEMS FOR CHRISTMAS...WELL FOR ESTHER TO DO. SHE IS GOING TO MAKE A STUFFED RUDOLPH AND A RUDOLPH FABRIC BOOK...AND I HAVE A FEW OTHER ITEMS TO DO AS WELL. I REALLY WANTED TO BE FINISHED WITH ALL OF MY SHOPPING BEFORE THANKSGIVING SO THAT I COULD ENJOY THE SEASON TO THE FULLEST...OH MY...MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN YOU A LETTER...TALK TO YOU LATER!

Homeschoolmummyx3 said...

I'm on Ravelry too. You can look me up by my sign on name here. :0)

Love love love that site! Your precious wee one is such a lovely sight to behold. I love seeing little ones in home made things. Your little buttonless sweater doesn't even look like it needs a button for all the charm and beauty it has.

I love the little elfin hat too.

Take care!

Regina

Danielle said...

Your pictures and posts are all lovely. You have been blessed with a beautiful family!