Now that Russian Christmas - the pinnacle of my holiday season - is over, I can show you the rest of the seasonal crafts.
Starting with the cutest thing in the world.
Isn't it? A doughnut pin cushion - what could be better than that? This was a gift from my good friend Annmarie who has been crocheting up all sorts of cuteness. Like another gift that she gave me:
An entire container of crocheted dishcloths in colors that match my house! You can even see the matching of dishcloth to wall in that photo.
The stitch pattern gives them a great scrubby texture.
I also made gifts for Annmarie that I haven't been able to share with you before now. A dishcloth which seemed quite lovely until she made me a whole array of dishcloths. But I think it is pretty anyhow. This is from the ubiquitous ball-band dishcloth pattern published in Mason-Dixon Knitting.
Also, a little more amazingly, I managed to sew an oven mitt and matching potholder.
For the mitt, I used the pattern from Skip To My Lou. I just winged the potholder, and though it is only a potholder it is impressive for me.
I made another set for my mom, but her dishcloth was made in shades of pink and white. I was going to make one of each of these items for myself as well, but I'm a little done with looking at that fabric for a while. I could easily whip up a dishcloth, but I think I'll be all set with those for a while.
That's the end of my 2008 crafting, but later this week I'll show you what I've been doing so far in 2009!