One thing I have learned this past holiday season is that if you want to give knitted gifts, starting projects in December isn't a good idea. I really should start now to be ready for next Christmas :)
Here is a project that was intended for my almost 3-year old but ended up fitting my almost 8-year instead. She was willing to wear the hat for the picture but I don't think she will head to school with it adorning her head.
Pattern: Snowman- Itty Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson
Size: Largest size (2 years and up)
Modifications: I used Berroco Comfort yarn instead of GGH Samoa; buttons for eyes instead of knitted eyes; changed the scarf color (Susan's was red)
My sister and I took an embellishment class by the very talented Marie Mayhew. We made felted tree ornaments and Marie taught us how to add beads and sequins and how to felt yarn and roving on them. It was a ton of fun but overwhelming. So many choices that I just stayed very simple. Polka dots were fun and easy and SIMPLE. I'll definitely make more of these and will try to jazz them up with a bit more effort. I loved meeting Marie and seeing all of her cute designs. I have discovered that I love that crafty kind of stuff mixed with knitting, whereas, my sister loves knitting garments and after taking this class she will avoid all projects that involve "embellishing". We had a good chuckle about it though.
A couple of projects in the works...felted heart baskets and a vest for moi!!! Are you the type that knits for everyone else but yourself? Other than the first few beginner scarves I've made everything else I have knitted was for someone else. (I don't mind..I wouldn't do it if I didn't love it) This vest has been on my needles for quite some time so this month is dedicated to finishing it! Picture to follow...