Hello and Happy…!
I know that I promised you a mini-stocking this week.
But I gave them all away and forgot to take a picture. My hope is to make more, and do a cute photo shoot– but it IS Christmas week and I will have to see how the time goes.
In the meantime, my husband and I ran away to our favorite BnB (bed and breakfast) this week for a little RnR (rest and relaxation). 🙂 I have found that a short get-away significantly increases my enjoyment of the holiday season and finds me much more peaceful during the inevitable stress and family squabbles.
We had a fabulous twenty-four hours, and capped it off with a little antique-ing, browsing several local shops and enjoying the time spent.
And I found something so marvelous! I entreated my sweet husband to capture it on film so I could share it with you. Well, digital, anyway, since he has a smart phone…
The most fabulous crochet nativity! And in such colorful thread…I love nativities, and every year I browse patterns and consider making one. I haven’t found the time yet, but one of these years…
I had him take several close-ups so that I can reverse-engineer the patterns. I love Mary’s braids!
I think the angel is my favorite. I love angels.
A detailed close-up of the angel halo and wing. A simple wagon wheel and shell.
And the sweet babe, wrapped in a solid granny square, on a double granny cushion.
Not crochet-related, I also had him capture the lovely embroidery on this old lampshade. I often add a bit of sewing detail to my projects.
And last but not least, the special project I have been working on instead of making more mini-stockings– a last-minute request for a one-of-a-kind Christmas dress for a real-live little angel.
I used this Bernat pattern as a base
but worsted-weight yarn (Caron Sparkle) and an H hook (5mm). Since the pattern called for an E hook and sport-weight yarn, it ended up coming out as a size 18-24 months when I followed the instructions for the 6 month size. Perfect!
For the trim (hem and sleeves), I used the edging found here:
I also made the flower pattern listed in the blog above for the accent rose. I gave it a Christmas-y twist by chaining 2 or 3 stitches mid-petal (3hdc, ch-2, 3hdc) for example. This made the petals a bit pointy, more like a poinsettia.
I can’t wait to see pictures of her in it! I love making dresses.
May you have a blessed Christmas, and be surrounded by love, regardless of circumstances. I am grateful for the Babe that came.
Until then, happy hooking!