every year i seem to be a little too ambitious with homemade christmas gifts for the amount of time i give myself to complete them. yes, i procrastinate. still. will i ever learn? so this year, i made an attainable goal for myself : make one softie. not for each child. no, just for one. so per-bear got a crocheted teddy bear, and heron & shepherd each got a hazel village softie (which we'd given per for his birthday).
i used the pattern from edward's menagerie, & after watching youtube videos & reading comment threads to figure out the difference between american and british crochet terms, it ended up taking me less than a week to complete. so my new goal is to make three softies before the baby is born in early march. i think i can do this! yes! a sheep for shepherd, a bunny for heron, and a cow for the baby (this will make more sense once we share the baby's name! maybe...?)
heron made a little woodland felt hat for pippin. and delightedly we discovered that he fits into the hazel village sailboat romper perfectly!