Friday, October 23, 2009

Some Wee Projects

While I have a couple more involved projects going (okay, more than a couple), sometimes I like to change things up with a little instant gratification in between. It helps to keep my crafting mojo going, if you know what I mean. :) Sometimes I also like to make something "just because," such as these little gnomes. They're currently on our nature table (when Matthew isn't catapulting them across the room or trying to shove them into a vehicle of some kind), and I found the idea at Wee Folk Art. It was fun for me to do some crafting other than knitting, and each gnome took about half an hour to make. I have plans to make many more of these wee folk.

This is my first pair of Toasty mitts from the popular Toast/Toasty pattern. I used some Noro Silk Garden that was in my stash and just love the way the colors turned out. These are for a friend who is going to be spending a couple of years in Nepal. I made her a pair of fingerless mitts when she was in Mongolia for two years with the Peace Corps, and she requested a second pair since the first were "loved to death." Of course, I happily obliged. And since my life isn't nearly as exciting as hers, I'm happy that at least my knitting can accompany her on her journeys.

Finally, a hat for the wee one. This pattern is from the Fall 2008 issue of Living Crafts Magazine. I honestly couldn't understand the directions too well, so I ended up doing my own thing. I'm happy with how it turned out and love how Ben looks like a little elf in it.

I hope everyone has a lovely fall weekend!


Julia and Aaron said...

Great projects, Katie! I love the gnomes and Ben's hat (and of course getting to see a photo of you too:). You get so much done! Are you going on a hike in the last picture? Where are you?

The fingerless mitts are great too. How is D doing? Did she join the foreign service?

Katie said...

Julia--thanks for the compliments! The last picture was actually taken in our backyard. Ben spends a lot of time in the Ergo carrier, even if it's just around the house.

D works for a non-profit organization out of D.C. She's going to be helping the government of Nepal write a constitution and combat human trafficking. Pretty exciting!