Handmade Gifts

A bunch of my friends got married this year, and another is having a baby in December. It has been a great opportunity for crafting! I have handmade something for each of them.

First, for the four bridal showers I attended, I bought everyone pottery and knit them each a hand towel and two dish cloths. The pattern is from Mary Maxim and my grandma has been using it for years. She makes these every Christmas as gifts. I made another set for a buck and doe prize basket as well, and you think I’d be sick of making them, but I really like making these! I used a few different cotton yarns, and tried to pick a colour specifically for each girl that I thought they would like.

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Our first set of friends got married in August. I cross stitched a wedding sampler for the bride and groom. I even framed it myself… which is not something I want to do again. This photo isn’t great, but it was a 5″ x 7″ pattern (if I remember correctly) in quite a bit larger frame. It is a Gold Collections pattern, which is my favourite cross stitch brand.

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Next, we had a September wedding. I knit pillows for them from this pattern. They were simple and knit up very quickly. This was my first attempt at knitting pillows and now I want to make new covers for all the pillows in our apartment! These were knit with Patons Decor, which is nice and soft.

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The last wedding was my best friend’s, and it took place last weekend. I was the maid of honour, and wanted to give her something special, so I decided to knit a blanket. I saw this “Lucky Horseshoes Throw” pattern in the Mary Maxim catalogue and thought it was exactly her style. It was super fun to make as well and I LOVED the end result! This was knit with Mary Maxim Aran Irish Tweed yarn, which knit up quite nicely for being on the cheaper end of the yarn spectrum.

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Lastly, the first of our friends to have a baby are due in December! I am so excited, I love babies and think our friends will be awesome parents. I can’t wait to meet their new addition, and I think I’ll probably be making quite a few things for him or her. For my friend’s baby shower yesterday, I knit the very popular owlie sleep sack and hat. There are tons of photos of this set online, and I can see why it’s so popular – it’s quick to make and absolutely adorable. I used “Diamond Luxury Tradition” yarn in “Azure” and I loved it! The quality was excellent and it knit up super nicely. It’s also machine washable which is nice for baby clothes. I am making this again for a friend at work whose daughter is having a baby later this winter, and I’m looking forward to using this yarn again.

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Phew – there is my wedding/baby gift wrap up. All of these projects were so fun!

As a little bonus project, I also made a cowl for Andrew’s cousin’s birthday. It’s called “Tom’s Crossed Cowl” and I found the pattern on Ravelry. I think I’ll make this one again, it only took about two days from start to finish. I don’t love the quality of this yarn, but I do love the colour!

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