I pinned this Crochet Nativity months and months ago, thinking….yeah, someday. But then, my sweet April sent me a text with this very link, saying, “Make this for me PLEASE!!”
Her birthday is in early December, so I didn’t have much time. I made Baby Jesus first so that if I only got that far, all would not be lost. The blanket in the pattern didn’t do it for me so I made my own by simply crocheting a yellow rectangle and tying four-inch pieces of yarn to it. It turned out just the way I wanted it to and it’s not nearly as messy as loose pieces of string.
Mary came next. In the pattern her head dress is much shorter and blunt–almost like some kind of helmet. I wanted her to have a softer look so I made it longer and rolled it gently back–for a fabric-type look. Isn’t she adorable?
I was slightly temped to stop here and tell my daughter that Mary would be trying out the single parent thing for a year or so….
but that felt lame- and just a tad disrespectful.
So with only a day left before her birthday, Joseph made it to the event–just in time!
I also made his head dress longer and rolled back, but the biggest change is his beard. I think one of the most charming features of these little characters is their smile, but in the pattern, Joseph didn’t have one–and that didn’t seem right. So, instead of having a clear cut mustache and beard, I just made a triangle and sewed a smile on it.
Wahoo! Happy Joseph!
I’m pretty sure they were all very happy that night.
This may just turn into something that comes together at the turn of the next century. Who knows? What I do know is that if there’s ever a teensy molecule of stress or tension in me–anywhere, pulling out a beloved project like this one is guaranteed to soothe it allll away…in a matter of minutes. Just something about the rhythm of repetition that works on my soul. Sounds silly, I guess, but still true.
I hope you have something lovely that works like this in your life.
Forever and ever, I’ve had a hard time picking out my colors for granny squares and stripy projects. It always looked to me like people just threw their scraps together and everything turned our perfect. Trouble is that whenever I did that, it looked positively nasty and I would end up yanking it all out or throwing it all out. Either way, it was a waste of time and/or money.
I was just fussing about this very subject the other day to my daughter, and she said, “Ok, look,” as she took a rainbow of primary colored yarn off my shelf, “these are the basic colors…right?”
“Right,” I said.
“They go well together.”
She set them down and picked up a pile of pastels and said, “Basically the same colors, only they’ve added white to them to make them softer and lighter. Do you see that?”
“Ummmm, yeah. I think I do, ” I said.
“They go well together,” she said.
Then she picked through my beloved Caron stash and chose all of the lovely ones in this basket and said, “Ok, what about these? What can you tell about them?”
Yikes. I hate pop quizzes.
“Well,” I said, “they are…darker. But just a little.”
“Ok, mom, if you were a painter, what would you add to make your primary colors just a bit darker?”
“Mmmmmm,” thinking, thinking, wishing I had taken a painting class in my entire life, thinking, thinking, “…maybe…black? But just a speck.”
“RIGHT!!” she hollered. “And THEY go well together. See, mom, it’s not that hard. You can totally do this!”