We had a nice Christmas. How about you?
In spite of a power outage and an impulsive movie run, I finished these before the last minute. They are jerseys for the boys' homemade game, Penguiness. It's kind of a rough game to play in the living room, but they haven't broken anything for a while.
And I made sure I could differentiate the shirts in the laundry.
I also made a few things to send away, like this watercolor portrait of my sister's cat,
and coordinating monkey shirts for my other sister's little boys. I used this pattern, and I liked it.
One of those little boys hasn't been born yet, but I know he'll need a blanket. I made this with my boys' old jeans, and scraps from other projects.
The back is soft and gray, the border sunshine yellow. I was looking for a rainbow-peeking-out-from-the-clouds effect. What do you think?
Some other babies have caught my attention, too. I decided this little guy needed the Four Corners quilt I made a while ago. I improvised a couple of crocheted hats to go with it.
Some other friends actually had a girl, after three boys. I don't know many baby girls, so I was excited to finally crochet the Eloise Baby Sweater. I hope she enjoys wearing it as much as I enjoyed making it.
This was fun, too. I was invited to bring a prize to an '80s-themed bingo party. After a brief brainstorm for topical ideas, I struck on a unicorn hat, with a rainbow mane. I used this Sock Monkey Hat pattern for the white earflap hat, then added the ears, mane, and horn from the Unicorn Hoodie in Brenda K.B. Anderson's book Crochet Ever After.
Even though the unicorn parts were meant for a child's hood, they fit just right on an adult's hat. And I had all that yarn hanging around already, even the sparkly yellow for the horn.
At the party, I watched people open their wrapped prizes. Most contained things like soap or candles, the dull things women give to each other when they don't know each other well. I hoped fervently that whoever picked the hat would appreciate it. She happened to be sitting next to me--a young horse enthusiast who doesn't remember the '80s, but loves unicorns. She was so thrilled, it was contagious. Crochet (and other crafts full of love) for the win!