Thank you for all the pregnancy congratulations! It certainly made my day to see so many people happy and excited for us :)
I am getting a bit of my energy back, so there is no time like the present to give a bit of a crafty update.
My Christmas craft-giving list consisted of four projects, two of which I have photos of, two of which I do not because I forgot to take them before wrapping them up (I'm blaming my pregnancy brain on that!).
First up, jewelry! I made this set for my mom. The earrings are hairpin lace using a Stitchdiva pattern, silver wire, clear glass beads, and green and white freshwater pearls. The bracelet is five single crochet strands, three with the same pearls as the earrings and two without any, that are twisted together and attached to magnetic clasps. It turned out beautifully and my mom loved it:
Second, a scarf! Well, actually an ascot. I made the Huckleberry Ascot from IK Holiday 2007 (ravelry link) using yarn I picked up at Rhinebeck - Ellen's Half Pint Farm, 50/50 merino and silk, 220 yards. I used one skein, and had just a few yards left over. I did alter the pattern a bit by completing 5 repeats instead of 7. In the end I still ended up with an ascot that was slightly wider and longer than the finished dimensions of the pattern.
Third, another scarf! And one I forgot to take a picture of. It was a stockinette scarf with garter stitch edging made from Artyarns beaded silk. It turned out beautifully and was a great gift for my grandmother that lives in Palm Springs.
And finally, a crocheted cape. More specifically Chanson En Crochet from Wrap Style (ravelry link), which is also available for free from Knitting Daily. I'm pretty disappointed that I neglected to take a picture of it. I crocheted this for my MIL using Lion Brand Wool Ease in Mushroom. It took a little less than two skeins. I picked up a really pretty green button at Joann's as the closure. I made no changes to the pattern, except to change my crochet hook size to accomondate the change in yarn.
Believe it or not, that's it. Not a lot of craftiness over the last few months. I do have a couple of things currently on needles - DH's Tribal Sweater (I'm making my way through the first sleeve), a Lace-Edged Women's Hat (ravelry link) to be used as a chemo cap for my grandmother, and a sock that I've had sitting around for months.
I do have some sewing planned as well - I'm just itching to make these really cute burp cloths. I have the supplies and everything, it just that my sewing room is currently in transition. More on that later.