A couple of months ago I sent special Birthday Wishes to someone I know. Her birthday wass close to the beginning of the month so I found 15 small gifts plus a birthday card for her to open beginning 16 days before her birthday. Each gift was wrapped and labeled with the date to open.
Sorry that I don’t have a photo of all the wrapped gifts.
She is a knitter and needed some stitch markers so I decided to make a few for her.
Some were beads on a flexible wire that would fit over an US 15 needle.
And some were large jump rings with a bead glued over the seam.
All slid easily onto a large open ring to keep in her knitting bag.
Most of the items before wrapping:
Here’s the list of the items pictured above: small aluminum baking pans and pumpkin bread mix, Turbie Twist®, cake mix and Jello pudding, a set of spatulas, tissue packet, eyeglass holder, office supplies, planner sticky notes and flags, stitch markers, surfboard-shaped emery boards, Au Jus mix, sunflower potholders, coffee cup sticky notes, a small lidded organizer, and a sign for her office…
She loved each one.
Mr. Aitch’s niece is expecting a baby boy in July and the baby shower was last Saturday. I already posted about the quilt I made so here are the rest of the gifts.
Included are one dozen burp cloths that coördinate with the quilt. Because ALL babies want to be coördinated. =)
Three pieces of grey and white flannel: stars, diamonds, and buffalo check.
Mixed and matched for variety.
A baby sized dopp bag (box bag) for pacifiers, ointments, cotton swabs, or any other item that needs to be corralled inside a diaper bag made with leftover fabric from the quilt.
And a larger box bag for, well, larger things, also from leftover quilt fabric.
I love those bears!
Both bags together.
Everything goes well together!
Mr. Aitch’s niece is expecting in July and I thought I’d make something as that’s what I do. Her theme is woodlands, bears specifically.
The baby shower is later this month and knitting a blanket wasn’t going to happen so sewing something was quicker.
I bought this cute bear fabric (by Emma & Mila at Wal-Mart) and coordinating blues and grey for the top as well as some white tone-on-tone star fabric and star embossed grey minky.
The solid grey and pale teal blocks help transition between the two colors.
Machine sewn and quilted with an X secured the top and backing with a thin layer of batting between.
The finished quilt is 45 inches square. The back looks metallic but that’s just how the light reflected off the furry surface. I have more fabric left so I’m thinking of sewing a few accessories such as burp cloths and at least one box bag. Any other suggestions?
I returned home late Monday night. Dorothy was right, “There is no place like home.”
Our son was ill and in the hospital. My daughter-in-law started a new job the day he was admitted which was a bit overwhelming. She just needed some moral support so I did what moms do and went to offer that needed support. Though our son said it wasn’t necessary for me to come, I think he was glad I was there. He is home now and recovering and that’s all good.
I think I ripped out as much as I knit on the second Shell Cottage sock. Well, not really but it felt that way to me. The stitch pattern is four rows and with things being so hectic, I “forgot” to tick off a row so I had an extra row that threw off the rhythm of the stitch pattern. Of course, I didn’t find it until 16 rows later… Perfectionist that I am, I had to fix it.
As of this writing, I’m just ready to do the heel flap. I just didn’t want to deal with dpns on the plane and I had other things to do since I’ve been home. I will get some knitting time in today!
While I was in Arkansas, my daughter-in-law picked up some yarn for a blanket. It was nice to sit and knit with someone who speaks and understands the language of knitting.