This weekend I finished up two Christmas gifts for Miss Munchkin, a poncho for her and a matching poncho for Miss Kitty. I think Claire Bear makes a pretty good model, don’t you?
I hope the poncho for Miss Munchkin isn’t too big. I made it a size bigger than she currently wears, figuring she’s soon grow into it and it would last longer that way. But, if it is way too big, I can easily make another one just one size smaller.
I’m waiting on measurements for Liana so that I can make her one also, although I suspect she might wear close to the same size and what Claire Bear is wearing.
The child’s poncho pattern can be found on the Lion Brand website, their Pattern 70367AD Child ‘Coming Home’ Poncho. You do have to sign up on the Lion Brand site in order to view/download their patterns, but signing up is free. I downsized and modified the ‘Coming Home’ poncho pattern to make the bear poncho pattern.
As usual, I have been busily crocheting. This year I only had one graduation afghan to make. I chose the color scheme from one afghan and used it with Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Estell Manor Pattern Number 90317.
If you don’t get the sides really straight, it can give you a very odd wavering sensation!
I was really pleased with the color combination.
Also completed are some placemats in a shell design. The kit (from Herrschnerr’s) came with cotton yarn for two cream colored placemats.
liked them so much that I bought more cotton yarn in Seaside Stripes.
It looks like this placemat sat in the sun too long, doesn’t it? It used to be that you had to worry about dye lots when buying yarn, but the manufacturers don’t even give you that information anymore and it is rarely an issue. This time, though, it obviously was. I didn’t notice the change in intensity of color until I was almost done with this placemat. I still like it, though. I am thinking of making some smaller “doily” type mats with this colored cotton yarn to place under my plants that sit on the dining room table.
These placemats are really fun and quick to make, so I will definitely keep this pattern in mind for wedding and housewarming gifts.
I also whipped off another baby blanket for Liana, finishing it just in time to take to her last month.
Whenever I am in doubt as to what pattern to use for a baby blanket, or simply want one that will work up quickly, I turn to a pattern I found years ago on Bev’s Country Cottage.
I will be making a few more placemats and then I am going to switch to thread for the rest of the summer and make a few doilies. One can never have too many doilies! I also need to work on some small Christmas ornaments. The presence of the Christmas tree still in the living room (it’s small, a table-top tree) continually reminds me that I planned to work on Christmas items over the summer!