Once again, I have been gone far too long. The amount of finished pieces ready to be blogged about has piled up, and where have I been? Well, mostly just busy. I finished (and WON) NaNoWriMo in November. You may recall my previous post, where I was slowly working my way towards a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I was triumphant, and it was a fantastic experience. Now, if only I had the time to edit that large chunk of text. December was spent making an outrageous attempt to balance finishing my own Christmas gifts and shopping with the insane amount of sales in my Etsy shop. It was rather unexpected, really. I listed the beard hat on a whim after making one for a woman in the NaNoWriMo group who wanted one for her son for Christmas. Instantly, the sales took off, and eventually after a week and a half, I had to cut off the listing. I sold so many that I couldn't keep up! Craziness! But a very welcome challenge that helped fund my own Christmas shopping. The listing is now back up and has a steadier flow of orders which I greatly enjoy.
In between all that, I was finally able to give my niece, Katy, her birthday presents. Her favorite animal is the otter, and she had wanted me to make her an otter for her gift. I decided to do a little more than that, and themed every gift around the cute critter. I set to work with my crochet hook and LOTS of brown yarn, and eventually the hat and scarf set was finished.
I love the way the hat turned out, even though it is a little bear-like and the nose is somewhat crooked. Everyone makes mistakes ;). The clam was what really took forever, since amigurumi has to be worked with such a tiny hook. A lot of hours and cramped hands went into that silly clam.
The clam is velcroed on bottom and can be switched from one felt-clawed paw to the other. The paws are actually pockets that she puts her hands in, as you can see in the picture at the very top.
This embroidered otter water bottle holder was purchased from heartmadeforyou on Etsy, who embroidered Kathryn's name on a premade bottle holder. It's so adorable, and Katy loved it!
Katy just turned seven, and she has already finished reading the first Harry Potter book, a fact which makes me a super proud auntie. She's seen all the movies as well, so I knew when I spotted this Harry Otter shirt, it would make for a great (and hilarious) gift. Problem was, there was only one shirt available, and it was much too small. Luckily, not long ago, I had to revamp a Spongebob shirt for my friend Sarah, and knew the corset ribbon style would be an easy fix for adjusting the size.
Gryffindor colors, for my little Hermione, of course. Eventually, I will have to get pictures of her wearing it, but overall she was thrilled with all her otter surprises.