December 30, 2008

Christmas Boots

This year, instead of Christmas stockings, I crocheted Christmas boots for the family, almost like shoes. We usually do shoes on Christmas morning instead of stockings. This is in honor of Saint Nicholas, who left gifts in children's shoes. (The story has since evolved into Santa Claus and stockings.) I had to make a pair of shoes for everyone, (two!). Each single boot took 13 granny squares. I would crochet 13 squares of one color, 13 of another color, and so on. I slowly began to tie the threads in and connect the squares. I made just one of every color to be sure that everyone had at least one boot for Christmas. After much discussion, we decided on 10 (different) colors. Colors are as follows: Papa-Deep Burgundy Mama-Forest Green Daniel-Red in the Star Stitch Joseph-Royal Blue Nehemiah-Bright Green Noah-Yellow Elijah-Red in the Granny Square stitch Anna-Soft Pink in a Flower Stitch Ezra-Orange Each color is that corresponding person's favorite color. I picked Ezra's favorite color for him, because everyone else already had the rest. And on Christmas morning all the boots were well filled with all sorts of surprises for every familiy member. And now I am back at work for Baby Abigail, who will make an appearance in May. Any suggestions on the color for her boots?!

December 19, 2008

Anna's Christmas Dress

Hello to all my blog readers! I am now beginning to make regular posts. I had a long break from sewing for 3 weeks due to school, sickness, and other circumstances. Now I am very busy getting Christmas projects finished before next week! Anna's Christmas dress is in the works currently. I'm using a deep purple satin fabric and lace for edging. I have light purple lace or a short bolero jacket to go over. I'm using Simplicity Pattern 4764, size 5. Cutting out the dress was tricky, because the fabric is very slippery. I used a lot of pins, and it held well. I'm making a short cover-up jacket out of the light purple lace fabric. I debated about doing a light purple lining on the lace jacket, but decide not to, because the lace looks prettier over the purple alone. The lace ribbon will go around the hem, sleeves, and perhaps the front of the jacket, depending on how much I have left after the hem. This is . . . Friday night? And this dress is going to be finished by Sunday morning! I will get it done :) Pictures will follow.