Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Season Crochet Marathon: Part 1

Hello! It's been exactly two weeks since my last post. It's Christmas season and everybody is just too busy with gifts and gift-giving! While holiday shopping seems to be the only thing that matters for many this season, I ventured into a holiday crochet marathon which started more than a week ago.  I began the marathon by browsing over the patterns from my crochet files and the Internet. Since both Christmas and New Year's Day fall on weekends this year, we don't have extra days for vacation. No extended days off from work. That means less time for my crochet projects. :(

Oh, how I miss my crochet hook after several months! For this year I thought of choosing easy-to-finish projects to be given as gifts for my friends. Last year, I gave away some USB / MP3 holders made by Ana Cristina, my younger daughter. (I have featured her works in my previous post.)

But before I embark on my intended crochet give a ways, I already started running the marathon and finished three lapses last week using these patterns--- the Loving Hugs Newborn Booties by Darcy Richardson, The Lacy Fingerless Gloves by Christie Pruitt and Coffee Time by Debra Arch. For this post, I'd like to talk about the Lacy Fingerless Gloves I made.
The idea of crocheting a pair of gloves came about when my nursing colleagues decided to go "Rockin' and Rollin' 50s" as the theme of our Christmas party this year. Most of us had in mind the Audrey Hepburn or retro fashion, hairstyle and make-up. I bought a blue straight dress but at the last minute decided to wear my old brown plain pencil-cut dress. I was thinking of wearing a pair of gloves that would have enhanced my attire. However, since I didn't have the luxury of time to scout for one, I thought that the easiest alternative for me was to make my own. I have seen patterns of crocheted gloves from my electronic files but I also had to search the Net for more patterns to choose from. These were the designs I liked…
Harlequin Mitts by Shirley MacDonald
 Color of Christmas and nice design, don't you think so? But here's another pretty option.... and my favorite color too!
Daisy Daisy by Sue B. Balcom
Here's another one I like because it looks so elegant. I didn't choose this though because I had no time searching for buttons.
Lacy Wristers by Kaity Harding.
 And another one which I thought would match the blue dress I mentioned earlier, remember? But then, I changed my mind.
Crochet Openwork Handwarmers by creative yarn
 It took me quite some time to decide which among the patterns to choose. If you were in my shoes, which one would you have chosen? But wait, here's another one... the Lacy Fingerless Gloves. This became my best choice because it was simply a perfect match to my plain brown pencil-cut dress which I accessorized using a beige belt and headband and a white pearl necklace.

The Lacy Fingerless Gloves by Christie Pruitt 
 See the making of my own version of the Lacy Fingerless Gloves in a picture collage
and how I looked with it on during our Christmas Party.

Coming up next...the Loving Hugs Newborn Booties. Have a craftsy holiday season to all!

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