I've been in elf mode myself although my efforts don't come close to Santa's. What needed to be sewn is sewn, bought is bought and only the wrapping and/or shipping awaits. The fate of a few peoples Christmas will soon lie in the hands of the USPS. Comforting I know. ;)
I played Santa yesterday to all my friends at the Web-sters. While my yarn buying has drastically reduced, it remains one of my favorite places and the staff is always first rate. This years little token was beautiful needle cases in fancy ribbon, satin and wool.
Easy to make once you get by the slippery satin and of course a perfect way to showcase a truly spectacular ribbon.
Since the staff there runs the gamut of knitters, crocheters, weavers and sewists I knew each could use it for a needle or two.
Other gift making can't be shown, but I have put in a few hours getting some already cut patterns made. Both shirts are Sewing Workshop Patterns, one Liberty with it's interesting side seams and the other, Zigzag with the nifty yoke/collar construction.
Since this is the second time around for these two patterns they went together easily, although the Liberty pattern paired with the lightweight wool suiting was a struggle in some ways.
To get this wool in particular to hold a crease for sewing and such, I spent a lot of time with the iron on steam and a press cloth. It made for getting nice miters a bit more time consuming but I am very happy with the results. An iron is a sewers best friend.
Elf Gene has been making progress on the horse shelter, although I wish it were done.
And there he is, working hard on the getting the metal roof on! I'm told while I spent
yesterday afternoon and evening in town, the other side of the roof was almost completed.
He has had a surprising amount of holiday orders and really has looked some days like a little elf himself in a very messy workroom. I'll spare you that picture. For those of you compulsively neat it is of nightmare proportions to even see it. I keep the door closed myself most times.
The horses have donned their beautiful curly coats and I delight in burying my fingers into those lush soft curls.
It has been perfect weather for riding and I have managed to slip in a few short ones during this past week. It's been cold, but oh so refreshing and the horses have all been playful and fun on their outings.
So now it's on to the time of last minute, be it shopping, wrapping or cooking. Holiday music reigns supreme, pine boughs grace our door and our mantle, clove studded oranges await hanging, cider needs mulling, stockings need filling and cheer abounds even if the blog may be a bit neglected. I hope each and everyone of you is savoring the season in some wonderful way.
Parting shots: 2 Chicas and an Amigo
EARWORM ALERT: (Hummed to the tune of the Little Drummer Boy)
Little Beggar Donks ..fa rump a dum dum
I have no gifts for you.. fa rump a dum dum
My finest hay I give ...rump a dum dum, rump a dum dum...