The Great Birthday Season has descended upon my household. Six out of seven of the members of my immediate family have their birthdays in June, July, and August. Add to that three nieces and a sister-in-law, and things start getting a little hectic for someone who has a hard time getting cards out in the mail on time. Then add to that my insistence on still sending gifts to my family, and wanting at least one small thing to be handmade…
Okay – it’s not that big of a deal – it mostly means that I have to focus on birthday projects, so all of my other things get a little dusty. Plus, I really enjoy making things for the people I love. I hope it’s a reminder of how much I miss them and think about them.
Last month started the season off with my oldest sister and her daughter (who are only one day apart for birthdays). Lucia’s gift was completely handmade – a new skirt (to replace the too-small one from last year) and a coordinating head-scarf. I didn’t get a picture taken before I sent it off, so I badgered my sister until she finally gave in and took one herself.
Lucia requested the cat – the pattern/style is exactly the same as my Portie skirts, that are featured in my etsy shop. My sister suggested I borrow this picture to list the option of a custom skirt – I think it’s a good idea, but I’m wondering if this would be a better pose?
As for Maiken, I bought her some earrings she’d requested, but supplemented with my new favorite gift – a wash/dishcloth. I told you – I’m addicted to these babies. I just absolutely love the blank slate of a knitted square/rectangle. I chose an armadillo for my sister – and believe it or not, I didn’t even have to make the pattern – someone else already did! Apparently my sister is not the only person with an affinity for these guys.
As soon as I sent off the gifts for my sister and niece, I started looking for ideas for my baby sister, Alex. My baby sister who is now 20, and although still very tiny, is definitely not a baby anymore. I went back and forth over several ideas for knitted gifts, but settled on a washcloth as well. I couldn’t find a pattern I liked so I made one.
A little whale, who can hang out with the whale appliqued skirt I made her last year. I also sent some non-animal-themed clothes, but I may have started a tradition here…we’ll see what I can come up with next year. Anyone have a pattern for whale slippers?