After my son was born, 8 years ago, I made a set of knit and felted nesting boxes (Felted Boxes from “Mason Dixon Knitting”) as a gift for our midwives. I loved the boxes so much, I decided to make a set for myself. The project stalled when I needed a contrasting colour for the smallest box. Several years later, I finally bought that yarn. And finally, last weekend, I finished them all! Woo hoo! It feels wonderful to pull a project out from its 7-year hiding spot to finally get it done.
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I am on a mission to make only handmade gifts for my (still kind of new) nephew. He is about to turn one, and when I realized his birthday was coming up, I also realized that handmade gifts require planning and TIME. Especially if knitting is involved (at least, for me, anyway).
The perfect idea came to me – age appropriate, and easily made in the time I had: a felted ball. It is a lot of fun to make, but also equal parts frustration and tiring, especially because my 7-year old son wanted to felt along with me, and it wasn’t going so well for him! I wet-felted the inner core, and then needle-felted the coloured design on top. I love how it turned out!!
I got to see my nephew open his gift via FaceTime today, and my SIL informed me that he has just figured out how to throw a ball in the last few days: what perfect timing!! Yay! I’m not sure who likes the ball more though: my nephew or his dog!!