Handmade Christmas Gifts & Some Big News

Little Bailey in her teddy bear hat, courtesy of Auntie Homebody.

The jury is in and I’m guilty of being the world’s laziest blogger. I’ve been happily unemployed and crafting…and not updating my blog. Without an excuse in the world. Anyway, I’ve got a few handmade Christmas gifts to report, which I shall do.

Oh yes, and in one week’s time I will be on a plane headed to Belfast, Northern Ireland for a year-long M.A. program! Feeling excited, nervous, and all those things one would be expected to feel when leaving home and husband for a full year in a foreign land. So, yes, the Incurable Homebody will actually be away from home!

Now, onto the neglected creations:

Teddy bear baby hat.

Made two of these — one for my sis-in-law’s wee girl, and another for my brother’s youngest (the little lady pictured below, throwing up a peace sign before retiring for the evening). I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked in its entirety, so created a mashup of these two: The Hat Menagerie bear and Bernat’s Cottontotts hat. As you can see, I made the lined beanie and ears using the Bernat pattern (though shorter so not to have a fold-over edge) and for the face, I used the Hat Menagerie pattern. Note: the afterthought nose is something of an upside-down heart shape sewn on and stuffed with some fiberfill.

Knit teddy bear hat

It occurs to me that I never blogged last year’s Christmas creations for fear that the recipients might have their surprises spoiled. So in the spirit of better-late-than-never, here they are:

Buttoned mug cozies (get the free pattern)

Great projects if you’ve got leftover yarn lying about.

  

  

Scrap Fabric Stuffed Kitty

More long-overdue updates to come!

5 thoughts on “Handmade Christmas Gifts & Some Big News

  1. I’m fairly new to knitting and I absolutely LOVE these mug cozies!! Wondering if I could get some sort of pattern or guidance on how to do them? I’m difficult at improvising at the moment 🙂
    Feel free to email them to me! I’d appreciate your help!! These would make awesome gifts too!

  2. Pingback: Incurable Homebody Buttoned Mug Cozy Pattern (Plain and Cabled) « the incurable homebody

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