Did I say that the gift-giving madness was over? Hmmm. Not sure what I was thinking there…I guess deluding myself into not panicking about future projects. It must have worked – I was very happy to pack several gifts in my luggage for our trip to Utah, with no last-minute scrambling involved.
The first being an It’s Not A Poodle skirt for my sister’s-sister-in-law’s daughter. (Read it again – I swear, it makes sense.) They have a little dog that’s a mix, but mostly looks like a long-haired Chihuahua, so that’s the silhouette I went with.
Luckily, I found some leggings on clearance at the Gap that matched perfectly, so I didn’t feel so strange giving her a skirt in October. Sue posted pictures of her daughter wearing it on her Facebook page and holy-cuteness – it was adorable.
The second set of gifts went to the daughters of one of my closest friends, Lori. Oliva is one of the tiny heads I was knitting something warm for – the newest addition to Lori’s family. I made it in the 3-6 month size, hoping it would fit for winter. Obviously I wasn’t able to try it on, so I was pretty worried about the gauge – and it is a little big, although she’s only 2 1/2 months old at this point, so hopefully she will grow in to it.
I have a shot of us together that I’ll post on Flickr, but her daddy takes better pictures, so here’s proof of how adorable she looks in it, even if it is roomy.
And of course I couldn’t leave her big sister Hannah out. I kept it pretty simple with some hair-clips that match a headband I made for Ella.
There was another gift I was supposed to give while in Utah – a hat for Tom’s old roomate’s new baby (the other tiny head I was knitting for). The hat was finished, minus some buttons, so I brought it home to Pennsylvania. And now my house has eaten the hat. Not cool, house – I worked really hard on that, and it was adorable! My house is not messy enough that this should be a real problem…now I just need to decide whether to wait for it to show up, or attempt another one. Boo.
The latest gift was made for Ella’s friend, Max. He had his birthday party this last weekend and his mom mentioned he would like a long-sleeved Star Wars shirt. But the only one I could find in his size was ridiculously wide. That thing could have fit me. So I bought a plain shirt instead, and did an applique with printable cotton. Easy. And I heard his cousin was jealous. Awesome.