Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October 2009 craft update: Christmas decorations and gifts

It's time for October 2009's craft update!

I thought the post would be longer than it is. It would have been, but I haven't sorted all the photos... Sorry!

Anyway...

First of all, as promised, I have a photo of the gloves I made to go with the hat and scarf set I made a couple of months back. As I think I mentioned in last month's update, I had finished them part way in to last month (September) but I never got around to sorting the photo in time for that update. So, here's the photo. Just bear in mind that I've never made gloves before...



I'm also part way through making a pair of fingerless gloves for the same person. Actually, I've almost finished them. So I should hopefully have a photo of those for next month's craft update.

I've also been making a few Christmas tree ornaments. Here's the first one I made...



This holly ornament has been painted, but I haven't had a chance to get a photo of it now that it's completely finished. Again, I'll try and get one for next month's post. I should have had one in time for this month's post, but I never got around to sorting photos of many of the items that were finished.


I did manage to get a photo of one of the other Christmas tree ornaments though. This one...



And here's another photo of it...



The Santa ornament hasn't been painted yet though.

There are two other Chrristmas tree ornaments, and a Christmasy ornament that have been completed but not photographed. A photo of them will be taken in the next few days, then another once they're painted. So - hopefully - I'll be able to show you them unpainted and painted in November's craft update post. There's also a Christmas tree ornament that's not completed, but which will be in time to - I hope - be included in that same post.

This next item is a blanket I've knitted for Kero for Christmas.




I'm told that the red looks more orangy in the photo, but it's most definately red (I had it checked). We decided to do Kero's blanket in Gryffindor colours... Red and gold... I brought the gold wool specially for it. Anyway, I did it a little bigger than a baby's blanket, but not nearly as big as the one I made earlier in the year, which is why I finished it so quickly.

I finished that blanket only a couple of days in to October, so I've had time to knit another two items... A hat, and a hot water bottle cover. I never got around to taking photos of those though. I will make sure to do so in time for next months post. It looks as though next month's craft update will contain a LOT of photos. After all, there's all the items I've made already and not photographed, the items that are being painted, and any items I finish between now and then.

I do have one more thing to share a photo of this month. It's a skull candle holder, and, here it is...



And here's another photo of it.



It's already partly painted, and should also be among the painted items in next month's craft update.


Speaking of clay items that have been painted, Kelly and my Mam have been doing some painting for me. The holly ornament is - as I've already mentioned - completely painted, and several other items are almost finished. Among these are the ducks and dragon I posted photos of before.

I've also made some of the items for that giveaway thing. I do have photos of three of them, but I didn't want to post those photos until the people have the items. One of them I haven't even had Iggy sort for me, because it's for him so I didn't want him seeing the photo just yet. I've finished a couple of other items for it too, but haven't got photos of them yet. Some of the painting work is even done on the giveaway items. Like I said though, I don't want to post them until the people have them. After all, those people are regular readers of my blog. It's not like the stuff for Christmas... The items I'm posting are for people who don't come on my blog (or don't come often enough for me to be worried they'll see and remember this post).

Anyway...

This next month I'll be busy finishing off Christmas presents. I have a couple almost finished, and a couple not even started (thankfully those ones wont take me long to do). I also promised to make a couple of items for a family friend. I don't "have to" do those, but I want to. I need to have those done by mid January at the latest, but they're not going to take long... They're only simple items. I can then concentrate my efforts on finishing up the items for that handmade giveaway thing. Most of the Christmas items need to be finished by the middle of December (basically, with enough time for me to get them wrapped and such). Although, one of them needs to be done before December begins because it may need to be posted to the person it's for. I'm hoping to get them all done by early December though, because of getting those things for the friend done. Either way, I should be working on the rest of the giveaway items - those not done in between the above mentioned projects - by mid to late January or before. So - hopefully - those of you who signed up will have your packages at least on their way to you by mid to late March. I'm hoping sooner, but I did say when I offered the givveaway items that the Christmas items, and the items I'd already promised to make for the friend, would have to be finished before I could properly devote time to the giveaway items.

OK, I think that covers everything for this month.

Tori

7 comments:

AliceKay said...

Busy, busy, busy. Sure looks like you've been busy. LOL

You did great on the gloves. Those fingers are hard to do even with sight. I'm sure Kero will love his blanket...red and gold are noble colors. The candle holder was interesting. When I was in high school, I made a skull out of clay one year in art class. I used it on my desk in my bedroom to keep paper clips and small things like that in it. I don't even know if I have it anymore, but I might. (i've saved too many things over the years, but when you don't move around, it tends to pile up in closets)

Deanna said...

You do amazing work, Tori. I wish I was just a smidgen as talented as you are. Those gloves are especially impressive and Gryfendorf colors for Kero - now that is just cool.

Intense Guy said...

Why am I not suprised that the sorting hat put Kero into Gryffindor?

:)

I think the gloves are incredible! I know I couldn't even knit a square pot holder...

Lynn said...

those are beautiful gifts you have made, I love to crochet, never have tried to knit it looks too complicated..I love your ornaments and I can't wait to see everything else you have done also.

LadyStyx said...

Great job. The gloves are a great first attempt. I doubt that I could have done half so good! You are an inspiration.

Celticspirit said...

All I can say is WOW! You are amazing. :)

Tori_z said...

Thanks all! *Blushes*

Iggy:
It did consider putting him in Ravenclaw, but - as you probably know - the sorting hat takes personal preference in to account, so it ended up putting him in Gryffindor. He insists he asked it to... He's a fan of Sirius and Lupin, and wanted to be in the same house as them.