Merry Christmas Eve, all!
I'm off visiting my husband's family in Ontario and every time I come here at Christmas I feel like I'm stepping straight into a Courier & Ives picture postcard. A farm, snow all around, a roaring fire in the stove, a loving family and two adorable cats to snuggle up with. I wish everyone could experience Christmas like this.
Today was stunning: everywhere covered in a sheet of snow, with a beautiful bright sun in a blue sky above. It took my breath away and constantly reminds me what I miss about an East Coast winter. I am praying for a fresh snowfall tomorrow to make things complete, and then perhaps we can build a snow village and play snow croquette/min-golf.
Tonight we will stuff stockings, so I thought it was a good time to show you a project I was up to that makes excellent stocking stuffers...
Soaps! Soaps in sweaters!
Cute as a button and practical as salt. The wool felts and shrinks to fit the soap, while gently exfoliating, promoting suds, and prolonging the life of the soap.
I made a number of these last year as gifts, but some of the recipients of those gifts (or even just viewers of them) commissioned me to make a fare deal of them to buy for gifts for others. Silly me, last year I swore that I would stock-pile a bunch of these in prep for Christmas time, but failed to act on it. I will renew that vow for the coming year, and plan to be offering them on Etsy soon.
I also finally treated myself to one. A `reject`one with some minor flaws that didn`t pass inspection. I`ve been enjoying it for about 3 weeks with no sign of the soap being smaller than when it started. I feel I can fully vouch for them now.
I`d highly recommend this pattern, not only as a great quick gift, but as a learning tool. This is perfect for a low-pressure, quick project to try out different stitch techniques in. Various cable patterns and any other stitch design make for fun variations and good practice.Pin It