FOs for a friend

This weekend I attended a friend’s wedding shower and was so happy to present to her a gift that I mostly made myself.

dishcloths for Sarah

I created these four dishcloths using two patterns available on Ravelry. I picked colors that go with the kitchen items that were on their registry. Personally, I always appreciate a gift I can use, and I find these dishcloths so handy to have around the house myself (I use them for almost any cleaning purpose).

Dishcloths and organic detergent

I packaged them in a basket along with some earth-friendly detergent made with aromatic herbs – who doesn’t love the fresh scent of lemon verbena! You can’t see it in this photo but the second bottle has a green label that also matches the dishcloths. I hope that she and her soon-to-be husband find them useful!

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future apples

After having had several large trees removed, we are now finally on the path to re-forming the yard. We started by planting two apple trees, one Fuji and one Braeburn.

Fuji Apple tree at Firefly Cottage

At this stage, they’re not much to look at yet, but they hold a lot of promise.

Braeburn Apple tree at Firefly Cottage

This one, the Braeburn, was a gift from K’s mother, and we planted it in honor of his grandmother who recently passed away. We had a nice gathering of relatives for the planting and it was really lovely despite being a bit brisk outside.

I’ve been reading up on how to properly prune and shape an apple tree, mostly using the book Grow a Little Fruit Tree. I’m excited to be able to shape the trees for maximum health and for easy access to fruit even on the higher branches. Eventually I’d love to add some pears to our yard, and maybe even other additional fruit trees!

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Happy Scrabble-versary!

My lovely sister and her husband recently celebrated their wedding anniversary. My lovely husband and I had an idea for a neat gift for them, which turned out even better than we anticipated.

Anniversary Scrabble gift

Both of them are big fans of Scrabble and are among the most aggressive/skilled Scrabble players you’re likely to meet, so we felt that a Scrabble themed gift would be perfect! I acquired a basic Scrabble game online and picked up a shadowbox frame at Joann. A little E-6000 and drying time later, it was done! K gets the credit for doing almost all the work on this project. He’s just so good at precise layout projects like this one.

Anniversary Scrabble gift

I’m so pleased with it! I think it will be a lovely thing to be displayed in their home and will hopefully bring good thoughts and memories with it. Happy Anniversary, Susan and David!

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mark it, Dude

An awesome thing happened recently: one of the women in one of the crafting groups I attend spontaneously gifted us with hand crafted stitch-markers!

Beautiful gift! Handmade stitch markers

Aren’t these just lovely? She made the Fimo beads herself and put together the combination of different shaped beads to create these. Note that one of the markers is slightly different, making it easy to use for a beginning-of-round marker. Brilliant!

Beautiful gift! Handmade stitch markers

Red is one of my favorite colors, and purple is another – this incorporates both! I feel so lucky to have joined this group of awesome crafters, and not just because I got a neat gift – they are a creative group of wonderful women who welcomed me immediately. So terrific!

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FO Friday: making Christmas (again)

I’m back with more of my xmas gift knitting!

Bamboo Cowl
This Bamboo Cowl is for Carrie Anne. She lives in a climate where the temperature varies, and I thought that a bamboo cowl would work really well for her – it’s light and airy but can provide warmth when doubled up like in the photo above. I also love this silver color – I think it’s chic and a little bit fancy but still appropriate for everyday wear.

 

Fling Scarf
Sometimes you have a tiny bit of yarn left and it’s too pretty to not make something with it. This is the case with the Fling Scarf. It’s really thin because I was just using up a leftover bit of yarn and the pattern is knit horizontally, so I just went until I ran out. Because it’s not your typical scarf but includes lovely colors, I thought it might be nice for the dress-up box of a certain little girl. She can use it as a belt, headband, scarf, flag, or whatever she imagines it to be.

 

Blushing Lace Cowl - Midas
For my friend Beth, I made this Midas Lace Cowl. It is a really lovely ombre colorway that includes copper, gold, and chocolate tones. I just had a feeling that she might like it (and am happy to report that she does).

 

Lefties Hat
I made this Lefties Hat for Carrie Anne’s daughter Isobel. She adores the color pink and I happened to have a bunch of pink leftover bits in my stash just waiting to be used up (note: I did not actually use anything up! I still have more left – must brainstorm more leftover bits projects).

 

Moura Headband
I knit this Moura Headband for my friend Sarah S., who I know likes to wear black and grey (great minds think alike on this). She’s also a go-go dancer, so I know she appreciates a nice wide headband.

 

Patina Cowl
Since I returned to Mount Pleasant, I’ve been so lucky to be welcomed into the craft group of some wonderful ladies I had the pleasure of working with when I lived here before. I made this Patina Lace Cowl for Erica. She takes no bullshit but maintains a sweet femininity, and I thought this cowl embodied that: the pattern and fiber are delicate, and the color is steely.

 

Red Ochre Fraga Headband
This Red Ochre Fraga Headband was for my friend Amanda. She was married last year at Christmas time and wore a beautiful red cape over her wedding dress in their outdoor photos – the color is just stunning on her, so I knew that she needed something like this for cold winter days.

 

Two-color Cowl
Sam is another of the lovely gals in the craft group here, and for her I made this Two Color Cowl. The yarn is super soft and warm, and I thought that the way I improvised this pattern turned out quite nicely: the two colors are pretty similar but this combination makes them each stand out nicely.

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