Monday, December 24, 2007

I can SEE the finish line!

I am so very happy about the gifts I've made over the last two days. Check 'em out:

The Poncho & Bunny Hat intended for my 9 month old niece. Poncho is from Holiday Knits and Bunny Hat is from Itty Bitty Hats (if you have any babies in your life, BUY THIS BOOK!) Yarn is CottonEase (discontinued colors.) I wanted to use a little of the green yarn in the hat. I tried I-cord (too fat); I tried simple yarn bow (too skinny); finally settled on a simple crochet chain stitch. I debated embroidering a face on but opted to keep it simple. I also didn't embellish with a pom pom tail for safety reasons.

I don't recall where I got the pattern for the hat. It is made from some leftover wool yarn I had and a pattern that is a simple hat with basketweave brim. It will go to my brother along with the hat I made for my SIL for their daily walks.

And a pair of PJ pants for my 13 year old. It's a camo flannel fabric I found in the clearance section of Hancocks. Cost about $2!

And some food gifts:
The Hawaiian vodka I mentioned a few weeks ago. I wanted to embellish with some little pineapples but couldn't find any at Michael's so i opted for a tropical looking flower. The bottles will go to two of my friends along with the martini apron I made recently and a martini glass ornament.

Have you heard about these Rolo Turtle Candies? It's not a new recipe but they haunted me this year. I overheard the sales staff at the yarn store talking about them on Saturday and saw the "recipe" on several blogs the same day. I decided I had to make some. Took all of ten minutes to make, no lie. (Buy the individual packages of Rolos so you don't have to unwrap them.) And they are DELISH!



60 Mini pretzels

60 Rolos (unwrapped)

60 pecan halves


Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Place 30 pretzels on the first sheet. Place a Rolo on each pretzel (center each). Bake for 4 minutes at 250 degrees (or a little less). Remove from oven and press a pecan half into each Rolo, until it spreads. Let cool for 15 minutes, and then set in the refrigerator to set up.

Store in a sealed container.

Makes 5 dozen

All I have left to do is make two little polar fleece capelets for a pair of one-year old twins. I was unexpectedly invited to their house later today so my son and I made a quick trip to JoAnn's for the fabric and trim and this pattern ought to do it!


Cidell said...

You sew, you knit, you cook. You are the perfect crafter! The bunny hat is ADORABLE.

Ariane said...

The rolo turtle candies are good. I can never just have one.

KnittyNancy said...

Everything's great! I love the poncho and bunny hat! So cute! Thanks for the Rolo Turtle candy recipe. So easy-
Merry Christmas!

Laura said...

The hat and poncho are too cute! I love the pink and green combination!

~Tonia~ said...

Wow do you have to sip nectar? You must fly around like a humming bird to get it all done. LOL

The bunny hat is so cute.