Friday, January 6, 2017

Christmas Crochet

I had a great time crocheting some Christmas gifts last year.  These Sock Monkey hats were an obvious choice for my sister, her monkey-loving husband, and their little guy.  The pattern is by Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me.
It looks like they work as Snow Monkey hats, too!
I made this Gingerbread Cottage for my parents, using a pattern from Gourmet Crochet.
While the crocheting was pretty simple, mostly chains and single crochet stitches, affixing it to the frame was more of a challenge.  Have you ever tried to fit a sweater to a box?
It turned out well, anyway.  I especially love the roof and the round peppermints by the front door.
I made this afghan for my other sister.  It's a character from a favorite movie, Tonari no Totoro, which we first saw in Japan in the mid-eighties, with Dad translating.  That is still the best way to watch it.  Vae loves Totoro, and she's had some hard times, so I wanted the design to express this advice:
If Life gives you raindrops, jump up and down and grin like a Totoro!
I forgot to include that in the package, so I hope you're reading, Vae.
I hoped her furry friend would not feel threatened by the big eyes.  It looks like any threat has been neutralized.

I'll tell you more about the pattern another day.

What did you make for Christmas?

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