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I made stuff for people for Christmas this year! In point of fact, I made:
  • A plush Weighted Companion Cube for my brother
  • A hat knitted with BITCHIN' FLAMES for my brother
  • A lace neckwarmer for my mama
  • A new Christmas stocking for Rogue
1. Giant Plush Weighted Companion Cube

Back in...October, I think it was, my brother emailed me with this link and the subject line "Christmas?". Then he added, "Wait, can you double-size it?" Well sure, I thought, how hard could that be?

HAAAAAA. It turns out, it's not really hard, just CRAZY TIME-CONSUMING. The corner bits had to be appliqued by hand, and I was only able to get 3 of them done by the time we had to fly out. I was able to find a box to exactly fit the cube so we could check it on the plane (too big for suitcases!) and then I finished it over the week we were home for Christmas.

Plush Weighted Companion Cube . Plush Weighted Companion Cube . My brother loooves his new Companion Cube . Unfinished Companion Cube in shipping box

Specs
It's 18"x18"x18" overall (the inner dark gray cube is 16" across, and the corner pieces extend 1" above that). It's made of fleece, with a little bit of pink ribbon. The inner structure was fun-- I quickly realized that just stuffing it with polyfill would leave me with a Companion Sphere, so I used the 1/2" foam I had leftover from making Jafar's headdress and Mickey's ass torso and made a 16" cube out of that. Then I took the leftover big pieces of foam and made another cube that exactly fit inside the first, and *then* I chopped up all the other foam leftovers into little pieces and stuffed the foam cube with those and a little polyfill. So it's still squishy, but there's a good firm cube structure there. The hearts and circles were appliqued with a machine satin stitch, and the outer edge pieces were all stuffed with batting or polyfill and then appliqued by hand. A lot of work, but I was happy with the result, and my brother was *ecstatic.* Apparently his housemates are going to be pleased too; they all love Portal.

2. Bitchin' Flames Hat

Two years ago, I made my brother bitchin' flames socks for Christmas. I realized I had some fire-y colors in wool in my stash, so I thought hey, I wonder if I could use the pattern to make a matching hat? Apparently yes!

IMG_0331 . IMG_0333 . IMG_0329

Specs
The hat is 64 stitches around, just like the sock, with worsted-weight Wool of the Andes held double on 10 1/2 circular needles. Took me a few tries to make the stranding loose enough to stretch over his head. He wore it all week so I think it's a success! Definitely needs a fleece cap under it though, if he's going to be wearing it in the wind.

3. A Christmas Neckwarmer

I thought my mom might like a pretty, lacy, Christmas-y neckwarmer for chilly days.

IMG_0336 . IMG_0357

Specs
Pattern is Pretty Thing by the Yarn Harlot, which is exactly what it says on the tin-- a very pretty thing! I used laceweight yarn (Elann Baby Lace Merino in Ruby) and just held it double, which got me gauge when I swatched. It might’ve turned out a smidge small, but it still seems to work just fine. Blocking was a little weird since I wasn’t sure quite how much to stretch it, but after the second time I was pretty pleased with it.

4. Rogue's Christmas stocking

My mom, dad, brother and I all have handmade stockings-- Mom's and Dad's are felt, bro's is embroidered, mine is knitted. Mom embroidered Rogue's name on a cute storebought stocking, which has worked great so far, but I really wanted to make him a handmade one too. Three years ago, I found a kit I loved-- it had LIGHTS!-- and I've been working on it since. (Felt kits are a *lot* more work than they look!) But I finally finished it, lights and all, in time for Christmas this year.

Rogue's new Christmas stocking . Rogue's stocking all lit up!

Date: 2010-01-04 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] padawansguide.livejournal.com
Wow, you made all those things? You're so talented!!

Date: 2010-01-04 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you! :D

Date: 2010-01-04 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barbiejedi.livejournal.com
Holy cow, the cube. Nicely done!

Date: 2010-01-04 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Thanks! Love the icon. ;-)

Date: 2010-01-04 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kay-dee70.livejournal.com
Wowee! You amaze me with all your Christmas crafts!

Date: 2010-01-04 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Thank you! They're no 19th century Christmas dress like you made, but I like them. ;-)

Date: 2010-01-04 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amaz0n-princess.livejournal.com
You are so crafty! Nicely done on all!

Date: 2010-01-04 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! :)

Date: 2010-01-04 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/my_belle_/
awesome stuff!!! It all looks really great. :)

My family's stockings are all handmade as well, so I totally know what you mean! And that's awesome! the lights are hilarious!

Date: 2010-01-04 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Thanks! I know, when I saw the kit with the lights I was like MUST OWN THIS NOW.

Date: 2010-01-04 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anariazar-rel.livejournal.com
Wow, such neat presents - all handmade! Very talented :)

Date: 2010-01-04 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Thank you! :D

Date: 2010-01-04 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] llyrafantasyfae.livejournal.com
Those all look like fun. I LOVE the cube.
Where did you get the kit for Rogue's stoking? I have been trying to find some for Chris and I that at least matched....

Date: 2010-01-04 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Thanks! :D I got the kit at...it was either Michael's or Jo-Ann. In Michigan. In 2006. :-P I believe the company is called "Bucilla" though so you could try googling?

Date: 2010-01-04 04:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fenchurche.livejournal.com
I am in total awe! Those are fantastic! I must admit, I especially love the Companion Cube!

Date: 2010-01-04 06:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Thank you! I love your icon. ;-)

Date: 2010-01-04 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laughingmagpie.livejournal.com
Outstanding! These are wonderful!

Date: 2010-01-04 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Thank you so much!

Date: 2010-01-04 05:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eretria.livejournal.com
You continue to amaze me. Beautiful presents all around.

Date: 2010-01-04 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you! :D

Date: 2010-01-04 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aviendiora.livejournal.com
The cube is AWESOME! And it doesn't have to be incinerated! =)

Date: 2010-01-04 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dmbtuxwaddle.livejournal.com
no way in HELL am i putting my cube into the incinerator!!!

Date: 2010-01-05 08:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Thank you! No, definitely no incinerations!!!

Date: 2010-01-04 02:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dm-lunsford.livejournal.com
That stocking is fab! And so festive, too. : )

Date: 2010-01-05 08:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Thank you! I quite like it. ;-)

Date: 2010-01-05 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mylittleredgirl.livejournal.com
OMG THE CUBE. THE CUBE!!!! How AWESOME is that thing!?!?!??? SO RAD. I love it beyond words, hahahaha.

The hat's pretty nifty, too! I don't like stranded knitting. Maybe I should learn to like stranded knitting this year so I can also make things with bitchin' flamez??

Crafty WIN!

Date: 2010-01-05 08:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
LOL at your icon!

Thank you so much! :D I really did not like stranded knitting the first time I tried it, but this time around I think I got the hang of it. It definitely helped to be on circs instead of DPNs! And I am always in favor of more bitchin' flamez!!!

Date: 2010-01-05 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jedihealer.livejournal.com
I love the stocking! And the neck warmer reminds me of a corset for some reason.

Date: 2010-01-05 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Thanks! Wow, interesting, hadn't looked at it that way before. ;-)

Date: 2010-01-05 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phavorianne.livejournal.com
The companion cube is awesome~ Love it!

Date: 2010-01-05 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Thank you so much!

Date: 2010-01-05 06:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandymitchell.livejournal.com
So that's how you look like with your real hair. Cool stocking!

Date: 2010-01-05 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jainamsolo.livejournal.com
Yep! Although "real" is debatable; I do dye it. ;-) Thanks!

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