Well…., at least Julius is done in time for Xmas 2014 ;)

Free pattern here!

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As one of Santa’s secret aides, he needs his glasses to read everyone’s wish list :)

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Christmas home decor

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I didn’t have any red invisible zippers, but I think the white turned out cute!

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Above pillow was refashioned from this $2.92 shabby interesting sweater.

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Christmas gifts

for myself :). Pattern here.

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a tiny gnome for my grandma. I used the tiny Santa pattern for this with mods suggested by a fellow Ravelry user.
I added a mouth similar to tiny Santa’s mouth after taking the pictures.

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Mr. Snowman was made in 2011, but it illustrates perfectly how tiny gnome is.

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my own Santa corsage, carefully looked after by Spike

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A lost pumpkin (forgot to take a picture of him during the appropriate season). Free pattern here. It comes with instructions for arms and legs, but I refrained from adding these, I like them on other people’s creations, but it just didn’t work for my Russet the Pumpkin.

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Freestanding machine embroidered lace reindeer for my secret Santa. I got this pattern from Urbanthreads.com. Love this site. Lots of machine embroidery sites are somewhat dull/oldfashioned, but this one has fun designs. I got this pattern for $1.50 during the Thanksgiving sale.

The mini brads still needed to be added at this point.

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Rinsing out the water-soluble stabilizer! The trick to making freestanding lace!

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Several baprons for 3 precious newborns

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After spending a lovely Holiday season at home, we arrived back in Dallas on Friday morning. Barely escaping the winter storm in Philly and leaving finally at 3am at night instead of 8.30pm.

On the way home to NL, we took so many gifts with us that I could have travelled with an empty suitcase on the way back to DFW …

But there are far better options, like loading it with your mom’s and grandma’s stash, some Christmas gifts and a beautiful 10lbs (4,5kg) cast iron wok.

TSA (homeland security) had to open my suitcase to believe it ! Hilarious! ( ̄▽ ̄)ノcrafter suitcase A Crafters Suitcase

Another baby blanket, most likely my last one. 2014 is going to be about sewing/knitting stuff for myself, not others. I wanted to quit baby gifts many times before, more seriously last summer, but extended till the end of the year. Now I’m done with them. I will post some other (last) baby gifts soon, together with things I made for Christmas.

Pattern: Sunny Bunny (free). Not really impressed by this pattern. I got it to look cute only by looking at this user project. I don’t think mine looks like a bunny, maybe more like a kangaroo? Sunny Kangaroo it is :).

Embroidery: I used interfacing on the front and back, to support the fleece fabric and that made a big difference.

Fleece fabric: Nicey Jane by Anna Maria Horner (sold out). Wish I had ordered 2.5yards more to make myself fleecy PJ pants, but I know I didn’t because I have plenty of other fabric suitable for pajamas.

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Pattern: I used the Walt&Jesse pattern to make this mini version of my dad. I nicknamed this little guy Gerritje.
For: my dad’s 60th birthday!

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My original Walt has a larger head. After giving Walt a mustache I thought ‘Walt’ resembled my dad more than the TV character. I thought making a mini version for my dad would make a fun 60th birthday present. I crocheted the head 2 times, but couldn’t get it the same size and shape as the original Walt one.

I used 2 colors of gray to closely match his hair color. To represent his hairline I glued a fuzzy strand of thread to this scalp.

I’ll add glasses and a mouth during my next trip home.

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Wish I had a larger picture of this scene:

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Pattern: Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi Santas

We use these as Christmas ‘corsages’ during our volunteer shift in Children’s Medical Center. The kids love them!

My Santa is slightly bigger than Joan’s. For the smaller Santa I split the black yarn. I don’t have thin black yarn, but it worked, just wasn’t very easy to knit. For my Santa I decided not to split the yarn, hence the legs were much much bigger and I decided to make the rest of the body bigger as well.

Unfortunately, I didn’t finish my Santa in time to be able to have both Santas in the same picture, I had already gifted the smaller Santa to Joan by then.

I had the hardest time getting the embroidery done. I had to redo the eyes a few times. Everything is so tiny and I wanted the eyes to look right. In the pattern the Santa doesn’t have a mouth, but Maarten suggested it would look nicer, so I added the mouth and I agree. Although small Santa could be smiling a bit more…

I knit these Santas on size 1 (2.25mm, or size “toothpick”) DPNs and broke 1 in half and broke the tip off of another one :-/.

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These took forever! It’s actually a birthday gift for M, so I’m only 2 months late…. :-/

I hope some of you immediately recognize the characters as Walt and Jesse from Breaking Bad (Maarten’s favorite TV series), but for others, here’s a small introduction:

Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series about Walter White (actor Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine, in order to secure his family’s financial future before he dies, teaming with his former student, Jesse Pinkman (actor Aaron Paul).

buurman en buurman 188x141 Walt & Jesse from Breaking BadPart of why it took me so long to finish these 2 is because, in the process of making them, they kept reminding me of ’Buurman & Buurman’ (Dutch tv series, see picture) and that really wasn’t motivating me at all.

Another thing that was bothering me was the skin color. I bought a lot of difference colors of light pink, but nothing seemed the right color. I couldn’t find the Light Country Peach by Caron Simply Soft, as suggested by Allison Hoffman (the pattern designer). I ended up buying some LCP online for future projects, but it was too late for this project. I switched out Jesse’s head (picture 1, picture 2) when it reminded me too much of pig skin, haha and his head seemed too small also. I do think Walt and Jesse are slightly too pale now, but oh well.. Walt is sick and Jesse is a nerd, so I guess it works.

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I’m still considering giving Jesse brows and re-doing Walt’s glasses, but I’m also quite glad I finally finished them. I just discovered I forgot to embroider Jesse’s zipper. Will have to do that.

Walt in his legendary underwear scene!

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After about 1 month hiatus I finally picked up where I had left and gave Jesse some side burns, which made all the difference in his looks! I wish there were closer pictures of Jesse’s hair line, so I made a 360° shot myself for other people crocheting those. His beanie is quite tight, I need to squeeze his head out of shape to be able to fit it.

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I used a 4.00mm hook for everything except the hazmat suits. I used a 3.5mm hook for those, like suggested by the pattern, but the hoodie of Jesse’s jumpsuit is made with a 4.00mm hook, as otherwise it wouldn’t fit over his head+hair+beanie. Unfortunately I can’t close the hazmat suits completely, sucks, but I already added a wider snap panel and it still doesn’t work.

The pattern is good, but I think it could be better by having more detailed pictures. The details truly make or break this project.

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