Most favourite great aunty crochetting before Christmas

in NeedleWorkMonday2 months ago (edited)

Now that winter is here, it's time to get my crochet hooks and yarn out again. Here are my current projects, all due for Christmas.


My computer pouch

About this time last year I bought a new computer, and with nothing much to do in the winter months, I decided to crochet a nice little pouch for it.
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There was a pattern on YouTube for a purse, and I adapted it for my computer pouch. You can see the pattern clearly in the blue section, it's like a flower, very pretty. It's a simple pattern and once I started, it was easy to master. Very soon I was half way there and my new computer would have a new pouch to keep it nice and cozy. That was 12 months ago. Then I moved houses, the country gradually opened up, I went out more and forgot about my computer pouch. I'm confident my computer will have a Christmas present this year - I just need to find the pattern from YouTube again.


Henri's dinasour

In the meantime, Computer will have to wait a little while. Back in Easter, I saw a couple of my great nephews (my sister's grandchildren). One of them, Henri was six and like many little boys was into dinasours. He's really sweet and gave me a lecture on the different types of dinasour and their characteristics. I've made him a dinasour before so I said I would make him another one. We even discussed what colour and type of dinasour he wanted. A few days later I mentioned it to my sister, she said don't worry about it, he'll forget about it. Actually I did. I was busy with other things in life and dropped crochet, so it was a relief to hear that.

In September I saw Henri again. He'd grown a tad since Easter and came rushing for a hug when he saw me ❤️. Then the first thing he said was

"Where's my dinasour?"

No!!! Why does he remember?? He's supposed to forget about it! 😱😱😱

"I'm still making it darling, it will be ready for Christmas" I uttered

"Ok!" And he runs off to play. Phew!!! I nearly lost my position as his most favourite great aunty. Now I need to get my act together. But what dinasour and colour did he say he wanted? I really hope he forgot as he kept on changing his mind back in Easter. I found this pattern on the internet, the dinasour looks really cute, and I hope Henri will like it.
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This is the first part, the head but I don't know if it's the front or back. It looks a little pointy, don't know why because I followed the pattern. Anyway, I shall see how it goes. I still have a few more weeks till I see Henri at Christmas. Hopefully I will still be his most favourite great aunty then ✌️
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Our little princess

I come from a big family and including Henri I have 5 great nephews. Another one is Baby Arthur who is the youngest of the five. Well, not anymore as he had a baby sister recently!! I have a beautiful great niece now, the first baby girl born in our family for over 30 years. I'm going to see the little princess later this week, and rather than buying her a present, I want to make her something. I found this lovely candy heart cushion pattern in the internet. It's simple to make, nice and dramatic, and would look lovely in her cot or room.
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The colour is light pink but the shade doesn't come out very well in the photo. I just started crocheting it last night and am satisfied with the progress, this is probably half of one heart and I need to crochet two, plus the rim to go round it. Hubby says it looks like underwear 😂 and I can see why he says that!! When I finish, I plan to embroid her Chinese name and date of birth on it. I've never done that before, and if it's too difficult I'll just go to Plan B and do her initials instead of Chinese name.
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It's going to be a few busy weeks ahead as I really need to get all this finished by Christmas to keep my most favourite great aunty status. Wish me luck!!

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Haha! Yes we old great aunts have to be careful what we promise ;-) They not often remember what you tell them, but THOSE things they remember for sure!
For sure he will love the dinosaur no matter what color.

Yes, I've learnt my lesson now !! But it's so sweet that he remembered as we don't see him that often. How many do you have? I got #7 on it's way soon 😁

I have 4 "real" and 2 who came through the friend of my niece into the family.
BUT hehe I can always be only the best grand aunty because I am the only one 😂

No pressure then!!

Such products produced by hand will always be more valuable items for us. your color choice is good

Hand made gifts have so much meaning, and think it's always a nice gesture

good work, good luck ::)

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Or maybe this?

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If I finish the knitting will I get to go away on a holiday? 😃

Nope, you're grounded for not keeping your word!

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No!!! Why does he remember?? He's supposed to forget about it! 😱😱😱

Hahahaha, well, seems that he remembers. And I hope you will stay the favourite auntie, but try to finish the dinosaur, just in case ;)

Yes, dinosaur will need to be done this time, not gonna risk it again. Not a smart move great aunty!!

Crocheting is one of the most difficult skills to learn. I found it hard to learn that when I was still studying. I even didn't finish one. Hahaha
You're aunt must be loving and great. Hehehe

Finding the time is always tough nowadays, our lives are occupied with so many things. Actually I find crochet is ok, as it's basically the same repetitive stitch and you can make so many things. Maybe you can start with something simple like a scarve or little blanket, once you make that you will feel so proud of yourself and will continue to make more complicated stuff

You're right. Maybe it will become a hobby.☺️

Crocheting is what I really want to learn. It seems like you need to exert more effort and time with it, but it looks satisfying. ♥️

YouTube is great, that's where I learn crocheting. Now it's more about finding the time as I spend so much time on Hive. More time management needed.

Great Aunt will do all her best to finish all the request. 😊 But for sure, after they will receive it, there's still more request that follows. 😁 Like the dinosaur you made to Henri before. 😅

I'll just have to not promise them any more toys, hopefully they will still love me!!

Yeah, it's hard to make them promises coz they really remembered every time they see you. Better not to promise them, as they can understand it anyway. Of course they would still love you and they will always remember that they had the best aunt in the world.. 😊

You are doing and amazing job. I love the color combinations you use

Thanks. I try to use up all the yarn I already have at home instead of buying more, so luckily the combinations work well

I no longer promise as they seem to forget everything but mine!!! I think the dinosaur looks pretty awesome. You are a great auntie!

How fun that you get to include a little girl in your gift-giving! I started sewing again when girls started popping up in the family. I have eight brothers and sisters, so, so many grandnieces and nephews!

A long time ago, you asked me if I was attached to the military as I loved outside of Soesterberg, in the Netherlands. Yes! I missed it and then didn't get back there, but have felt quite rude about it. :)

I can hardly wait to see the finished product!

Yeah, I'll have to learn not to promise kids anything now. Whilst it's great that they love me so much when I make my offer, I really have to keep up my side of the promise to stay being their favourite great aunty. So much pressure!! 😅

Thanks for coming back to me re Netherlands, I appreciate you remembering, and no need to feel rude about it, you are amazing at engagement on Hive!!!

Oh, the pressure only builds bigger as they get older! :)

!LUV

Very nice! My mom is a bit of a crochet and knitting master. She can make pretty much anything and has in the time I have been alive. I think for a while she was giving lessons to some of the local Mennonite girls too. You look like you have mastered this skill quite well! I speak from years of experience when I say nothing quite beats a handmade winter hat!

You should get your mom on Hive! I'm sure she'd thrive in the needlework. I'm always in awe of those who can take one look at an item and knit or crochet one without any pattern. Bet you had loads of awesome wollies when you were a kid.

Yeah, hats, mittens, scarves. You name it, we pretty much had it! I keep trying to get her to sell some of her stuff on Etsy, but she isn't really interested. She wants to do it because she enjoys it not because it is a job. I get that.

That's funny, I just pulled out my crochet hooks and patterns. I haven't crocheted in years, but I wanted to make some baby booties, so I pulled it out and now I've got to buy some yarn. I couldn't find the pattern I wanted, but I'm sure I can figure it out since there is another pattern I have that is close.

Hey! You sound a bit like me, I can always find an excuse to justify why I haven't done something!! 😄

Baby booties!! That sounds fun, do you have a baby in the family as well?

No, it's a friend's soon to be born granddaughter. I made these for my girls, they look like little Mary Jane shoes with ankle socks. I made cowboy boots for my son. They are just too too cute. It's so old that I don't think it is even sold anymore - I checked from the place I originally purchased the pattern from. I don't know where I put it, but all my other booties patterns were there.

Oh gosh kids don’t forget when promised a gift lol. I totally learned that myself when my eldest was younger. 😁

That is going to be so so cute. I’m sure he’ll love it.

So wow first girl in over 30 years?! I’m sure your family will love spoiling her. I think that heart cushion is a good idea to make her. Awww what a good auntie you are.

We’ll be awaiting to see these finished presents or even a halfway done process post ~ 😄

I'll have to learn not to promise children anything now 😄 Let's hope I have an update post next month (so she says......)

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 2 months ago  

I didn't know you knit, that's great :) I hope these projects will be finished by Christmas, although the times for needlework are very strange... in a few hours you can go a long way and then leave the project abandoned for months.

And about your great-nephew, the kids never forget something you promised them (even if you did it), no matter how much time passes. Apparently at some point I promised my niece a doll's dress and I always forget it, every time she comes she reminds me. I've already given up hope that she'll forget it so I'm going to have to get down to business.

I wish you luck with all these works, they look nice and interesting 😃.

Woops!! You and I are in the same position!! But you are in a much better position as you are so talented with your needlework, I'm sure if you put aside a few hours when you're not travelling, you will get it done in no time.

Or maybe you can hope that your niece has gone off her doll and doesn't play with it anymore😄

 2 months ago  

Oh, she's only 8 years old so I think it's quite a while before she stops playing with dolls... I'd better have to make a place in my schedule.

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There is nothing more beautiful than a handmade gift, you will keep yourself very busy these days 😁

That's for sure, hopefully I will complete it all by Christmas!

The dinosaur looks super cool !!!!
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How nice to see you knitting such beautiful things. When we knit for our loved ones is more exciting, for sure the dinosaurs will be beautiful whatever color you choose.