Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Almost done! The felt numbers arrived from Monika at Monkey Business by yesterday's post. Last night I spread out the 24 finished mittens and arranged the numbers sequentially. Several minutes of gluing, some drying time and then they're ready for hanging!
The pattern - Smitten (A Holiday Garland)- includes instructions for a garland for stringing the mittens along a mantel or railing, but I'm omitting that. My plan is to decorate the Christmas tree with the mittens.
Now I need to come up with ideas to fill them. Gavin thinks little chocolates for everyday is a good idea, although, he warns, make sure they're wrapped so that they don't melt inside the mittens. I checked, those credit-card style gift cards fit in the mittens just fine too. With a month and half to work on this, I'll just pick up cute little things here and there when I see them.
It's the darnedest thing. This set of 24 mini-mittens seems to have taken forever but now, seeing how darling they are, I have the urge to make another set for a friend. Crazy, huh?
There's some secret Christmas knitting going on that I can't show you. But there's woodworking too, and that I can show you. After seeing online plans to make these Treasure Chests I decided to have a go for the nephews and niece. Gavin has made the boxes from solid maple and now we're working on the domed lids. My next step is to sand the ends of the zebrawood lid slats flush with the maple end. At the same time I'm looking around for some leather straps. I struck out at the fabric store and now I'm checking thrift-shops for second-hand belts. If you have any idea where I could buy 3/4" wide leather straps, please let me know!
It's work-in-progress Wednesday so there's lots to see over at Tami's Amis! Why not take a few minutes to get some ideas for your Christmas lists?