OK, well, I finished the craft item I said I wanted to finish before I did the post to catch you up, and to let you know about upcoming projects, so...
I'm a firm believer in the best presents being handmade items, so with that combined with how expensive things are getting these days - not to mention how the family is growing - I decided that any children who will be getting things from me for the holidays this year will be getting handmade items. This gives me about half a dozen items that need to be knitted for children (not to mention a couple I want to make for adults). And all of them have to be finished before the end of November so as to allow them time to get to where they need to get to in time (especially since there's a chance of the kind of weather we had last December happening again this year).
Well, I've managed to finish two of the items.
The first is this scarf:
It's for Emilee (Pia's little girl).
Now, I know a scarf isn't the most exciting of presents, but Emilee turned 6 at the end of May, and... Seriously... What do you make for a 6 year old these days? I mean, most children are wanting expensive items like computer games and ipods by the time they're 4 these days, aren't they? So I figured at least she'd have a nice new scarf to wear when she goes back to school after the holidays. And at least she wouldn't be left out with having something handmade just for her. Plus, she likes my knitting work (both her and Pia love the blanket I made Max) so I hope she'll be as pleased with her scarf as she was with Max's blanket!
I'm making a similar one for Ryan (Pia's middle child and oldest boy), because he'll be almost 4 by then, and I think he'd like having a new scarf like his big sister for going to school (children start school at age 4 over here... Sometimes a bit before, depending on when they have their birthday, and Ryan's birthday is January, so he'll either start in September or January, depending on the preferences of the school).
Max will get a toy though. I'm thinking possibly a plane similar to the one I made Michael. A toy will be better for him, because he only turns 1 in October, so playing with a toy will mean much more to him than wearing a scarf like his older siblings.
Anyway, the other thing I made was a doll for Emma-Jane.
Here's the back of it:
And the front of it:
I don't know if you can tell from the photos, but the red shape on the doll's tummy is a star. Emma absolutely loves star shapes, so I thought she'd like that. I did the doll's clothes as part of the doll itself, because since she'll be not quite 2 when she gets it, we think it would be best if the doll's clothes aren't removable (otherwise it wont be long before we have a naked doll, and a missing set of doll clothes).
Anyway, I'll tell you about other projects as I do them, but the childrens' presents are what I'm working on right now. I'm currently a little way through Ryan's scarf, then I'll be making Max's little knitted toy, and after that... Well, after that I'll tell you about the next items on my "projects waiting to be created" list.