12.26.2013

The Day After Christmas

A few of the craftier parts of our Christmas:


My sweetheart got me an antique spinning wheel for Christmas! It is not quite in working order, but I think we can get it working soon. There is a problem with the flyer assembly, but we're working on it. Please ignore the present-opening mess in the background.


I always make homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast. These are the shaped rolls, ready to go in the fridge to rise overnight. They turned out great!


These are the handmade Christmas stockings all stuffed and ready to be opened in the morning. We had a lovely day!

My favorite part of Christmas day however is the first thing we do that morning -- placing the baby Jesus of our nativity set in the manger and reading verses from the Bible about his birth and mission. It always makes me feel so grateful for His exemplary life and the loving gift of His atoning death.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christ-centered Christmas and that you had the joy of giving and receiving! Did you give or receive any special handmade gifts this year, or crafty tools? Please share!

Merry Christmas!
April

PS - I also need to announce the winner of last week's thread giveaway! As chosen by the random number generator at random.org, the winner is JamieG!  Jamie, can you please email me your address so that I can send it to you? You can email it to top.banana @ bananamoonstudio . com. Congrats!

12.21.2013

Pie Potholders

(C)2013 Crochet Today!

My newest crochet pattern, Pie Potholders, will be available in the Feb/Mar 2014 issue of Crochet Today! which goes on sale Jan 7th.

These are made in size 10 thread with a size 7 (1.65mm) steel hook. You'll need to get Aunt Lydia's size 10 thread in the following colors to make the set:

#493 French Rose
#310 Copper Mist
#1 White
#494 Victory Red
#484 Myrtle Green
#131 Fudge Brown

I love how these turned out! Theresa, the editor, sent me a few pictures for inspiration. I liked various parts of the pictures, and came up with some of my own ideas. What do you think of the finished potholders? Which one do you like best?

These aren't very thick potholders, except of course where the berries are. If you want to make them thicker, you could add a layer of felt or quilt batting between the layers of the potholder.

I was so excited just yesterday to see a picture of the cover and saw that there is a small picture of the "strawberry pie" at the bottom of the cover! I've never had a project on the cover before! Too bad it's not the cover photo, but still, I'm excited!

(C)2013 Crochet Today!

I have lots of thread leftover from making these, so I'm going to give 1 spool each of all 6 colors to one lucky blog reader! If you'd like to win the thread, please comment here and tell me which potholder is your favorite! Please include some way for me to get a hold of you, like an email address or Twitter handle.

Happy stitching, and Merry Christmas!
April

(C)2013 April Garwood