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First, a couple of days before Christmas Mr AC, the girls and I started a new family tradition -- making Christmas ornaments. Last year we had begun what we thought would be our yearly tradition -- buying a new one for each of the kids each year, but we didn't manage to fit that in this year, and since Drama Queen had mentioned wanting modeling clay, I had the idea to get some and we could make ornaments instead of buying them. We used Crayola Model Magic, which isn't actually clay, but is much softer, so it is easier for kids to use. We had lots of fun. Here are a few pictures of our creations:
Mr AC and I did lots of baking and cooking on Christmas Eve. I made our traditional Christmas Eve dessert -- birthday cake in honor of our Lord's birthday.
I made only two gifts this year. The first was for my mother-in-law, who some time ago mentioned that she would enjoy a crocheted headband. I based the idea loosly on the headband in Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010 that was designed by Robyn Chachula. I really wanted this to be a simple project though, and that headband is made with a more complicated stitch pattern. I tried it out and was very sure after just a few rows that I didn't want to make one that complicated. So, I ripped it out, got out my stitch dictionary, picked a fairly simple shell-stitch pattern and worked up a headband. I used the instructions from the magazine to attach the crocheted portion to the elastic. I never knew that you could crochet into elastic, but sure enough, you can.
I also used the pattern in that issue called "One for All Family of Mitts" that I believe was designed by Doris Chan. It is a collection of similar fingerless mitt patterns that come in a large variety of sizes. I made these, and a matching hat based on my baby hat pattern, for Mr AC's 13 year-old cousin. Unfortunately, I didn't remember to take pictures before giving them away, so I can't show them to you. I also gave 1 hank of sock yarn each to both my mom and oldest sister. It was Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints. The one I gave my sister was mostly black with bits of green and purple in it (#9826 I think), and the one I gave my mom was a combination of purples, pinks, greens, and blues (#9692 I think).
I received a couple of handmade gifts:
The other handmade gift that I got is from my oldest sister. These are oven mitts that look like cupcakes. You can slip your fingers under the "frosting" on the muffin top. So cute!
I also received 5 balls/hanks of yarn as gifts. Mr AC gave me one hank of Malabrigo sock that is 100% kettle-dyed superwash merino:
Again, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and that you have a wonderful New Year!