Friday, 26 March 2021

March Gifted Gorgeousness

This month, I have a lot to show for WIPocalypse - not only have I been pretty busy on the gift making front, but it also was my birthday a couple days ago and I got some crafty gifts of my own! 

Last month, I was working on that cute kangaroo mum ragdoll. I since have managed to finish her, and also made her a little baby to put in her pouch. These two are for the two little boys a friend of Felix has had over the last years (and somehow I have managed to not make anything for them yet!).

I had a new baby gift project start right away, and this one is for their youngest cousin. I wanted to make another blanket, but something a bit more relaxing than Little River (with all those colour changes and ends to weave in), so I starte what the pattern calls the 'Deluxe Baby Blanket' but it's really just a two-row-pattern called shell stitch, done from one continous cake of yellow cotton! For some reason, this very simple pattern is giving me quite some trouble as I keep making mistakes in the 'foundation' row and realizing them only when I need to take out almost one round of stitches. Hopefully I'll find my rhythm on it eventually, there's quite a bit to go!

 Now for fun new stash - I had asked Felix for a couple balls of yarn so I could make a start on the big Ubuntu blanket, a project I'd been eying for years. Unbeknownst to me, he got a lot of my friends in on it, aaaand...on my birthday, I got a big-butt-box of yarn (there's way more under there, 67 balls in total):

Now this is a long term project for sure, but of course I already made a start on it. There are 12 parts in total, and this is half of the first one - 6 hours of work so far, and I loved every minute of it!

My grandma really outdid herself too, and got me the pattern, beads and kreinik for Bella Filipina's 'Bellatrix'. A couple friends and I have made plans to start this pattern for Halloween together this year, and now I only need to see if I have some matching fabric in my stash, or need to buy another piece! Isn't she pretty? I'm super excited about starting her.

So that's it for the month - Ubuntu will probably a constant companion in this SAL for a while, as will the baby blanket. I also have a couple smaller gift projects planned, though!


diamondc said...

Leonore: Your fingers have been busy, I like the Kangaroo's so sweet.
I am looking forward to seeing your progress on the new stitch.
Have a lovely week-end


Clare-Aimetu said...

Your Kanga and Roo is adorable. What a super birthday present, the yarn looks great, perfect for your blanket

Bethan said...

Happy belated birthday! That box of wool for Ubuntu is amazing! Looking forward to seeing it grow x

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. A Birthday is always a good excuse to get gifted gorgeousness and your family were super generous to you too!

Susan said...

The kangaroos are adorable! Perfect gifts. Love the yellow blanket - I'm one of the few people that really like yellow.