Without really meaning to, I've had sort of a "homemade and handmade" theme going this week, so perhaps it's appropriate to end with a gift I made this year! I'd been wanting to try this crocheted teapot and teacup I found in Crochet Today magazine (November 2008). When I became "tea pals" with Karin in Turkey a few months ago and she sent a photo of her sweet daughter Talya, I knew this was what I wanted to make for her!
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the pattern was, especially the shell stitch on the body of the teapot.
The directions for both teapot and teacup were very well-written, and I especially appreciated tips on how to attach the handles. The magazine's tea set was made of a metallic silver thread, but I wanted something soft and pink that looked more like a little girl, so I used pink baby yarn instead.
Happily, the package arrived in Turkey this week, and Karin thoughtfully e-mailed a photo showing the tea set as Talya displayed it by her own little Christmas tree in her room! Can you even *imagine* how happy this made me? It is so much more fun to give than to receive, isn't it!