Thursday, November 29, 2012

GTA Donations November 2012

This time our group focused on making Christmas items for the babies. So, here we go.

Blanket red white stripe

We all know that I don’t make very many blankets, simply because they seem to take forever to me. I did get one made this time at least. This is between a preemie and newborn size. I use Red Heart yarn for the multi colored red and Craftsmart brand yarn for the white. Craftsmart is Michaels brand of yarn and this is the first time I have used it. The price is really good and it’s actually fairly soft. I will be buying more of it.

green sparkle pieces

I made all of these pieces from some sparkly green yarn I bought at the thrift store. It’s a somewhat thinner yarn but was pretty easy to work with. There weren’t any paper bands on the yarn so I have no clue what brand of yarn this is.




Santa hats

Here are my snowman hats. One of the other ladies in our group made some so I just had to try my hand at them. They are pretty easy to do using any infant hat pattern. I did  the first four rows in color then six more rows using white. I dug through my button stash and found some cute carrot buttons! You can use any orange buttons for the nose if you can’t find carrot ones. These are a really good way to use up some of those partial skeins of yarn you have.

Green gold hats

An assortment of hats using green and gold yarns.





Multi and green hats

A few more hats made from partial skeins of yarn I wanted to use up.




Red booties hats

Some red and white hats and booties. The booties with the gold beads on them are really easy to make. They are basically a t shaped piece that is folded over and sewn down. But let me tell you, sewing the beads on really sucked because the booties are so small and there isn’t much room to get the needle down in there to sew the beads on. I’ll have to figure out something else for decoration on these next year that might be easier.

Red hats

Some more red and white hats. I found an easy pattern to make crocheted pom poms. Or at least it looks like pom poms. Basically you crochet a chain of 204, yarn over and insert hook in 4th chain, then *yarn over and insert hook in 7th chain from hook. Repeat from * until you get to the end of the chain. (You will have a whole bunch of loops on your hook). Then pull your hook through all of those loops, pull it all snug and whala! You have a pop pom. Much easier to me, since I really don’t do good making pom poms the regular way.

Santa cocoons

My Santa cocoons with matching hats for this year. The mom’s seem to like the cocoons.



Star quilt

Last but not least is my baby quilt. When I was organizing my craft room earlier this year I came across some of those 18 inch quilt blocks that you embroider. I used colors to embroider the star to try to make it look like a poinsettia flower. Then I dug through my fabric stash and found some materials that were either Christmas themed of would work for Christmas at least. I cut two inch and four inch strips of fabric, depending on how much fabric I had of each one. Then just added them around the embroidered block. I ended up with a unique little quilt that should be big enough for a newborn. I like how it turned out.

That’s it for this batch. Working on items for Valentines day now.