So here it is...my handmade holiday round up for 2015, and it's long.
How is this year different than years past? This year I took requests (always a dangerous thing to do). Here's how it went down:
For the littlest girl I made pajamas. She picked the fabric for the pants from my stash, and I sewed them up using the basic pant pattern from Dana Made It. Then we headed to H&M for some coordinating organic shirts. Now these pj's are her pick for sleep, afternoon tea with her animal "friends", and everything in between.
Next up, the 5 year old. He proudly wears handmade hand-me-downs almost every day to kindergarten, and melts my heart into puddles on a daily basis. For these reasons he received both a knit and sewn gift.
Pants are sewn from one of my all time favorite pant patterns, the 2 in 1 reversible pants by DMKeasywear. I can't say enough for this simple, easy to follow, hard wearing pattern. The boys and I both love that when one side of the pants get a hole or a stubborn stain, they can be pulled inside out to the other side.
Fabric is organic and adorable, from the Picnic Whimsy line for Birch Fabrics. Boy's clothes are generally so predictable, so choosing bold, fun prints like these are what it's all about when it comes to handmade in my opinion!
Third, is an unfinished knit for my second oldest. He requested a simple knit pullover in blue cotton yarn for the holidays. We searched some options on Ravelry, and he settled on this Sunday Morning sweater in Cascade Yarns cotton. Easy peasy right? Nope. Not for me! I just can't seem to finish this sweater, and it's nobody's fault buy my own. I can't say why, but it just not holding my interest. Sorry buddy - I'm doing my best to finish this thing by year end (or Valentine's Day :)).
Last but not least, the big kid. She's ten now and can't wait until she can wear everything I own, so it was only natural that she requested a different color of the hat I was knitting for myself one night. Pattern is the Dottie hat and cowl. I'm a huge Hannah Fettig fan, and these hats and cowl were a simple, fast knit, perfect for gifting. Yarn is an acrylic mix picked up from a bargain bin by the five year old to match the mint winter jacket she loves so much.
Phew... if you are still reading, THANKS, and a very Happy Handmade Holiday to you and yours!!