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crazykntter83
07-09-2011, 11:05 PM
I'm wondering if anyone has started their Christmas knitting yet? I just started mine last Saturday. I'm making a scarf for a friend, and a pair of socks for my Mom so far. I have other projects planned out, like a hat for Dad, crocheted socks for my aunt, fingerless gloves for my brother and his gf, hats for two of my cousins, and purse for another cousin. I'm just hoping I've given myself enough time to get it all done!! :zombie:

TreshaRuthe
07-09-2011, 11:23 PM
I started on my Christmas crocheting during the winter, and put it down during spring gardening season. Now that the heat is making it impossible to be outside for more than 10 minutes, I'm back to my crocheting and learning to knit. I find that if I make sure I always have a project in my purse no matter where I'm going I can usually get in at least a few stitches here and there as I wait for various things. Those 15 minute breaks at work can do wonders for your projects if you take that time to sit down and work on your project. (I highly recommend making copies of your pattern to carry around with you rather than carrying the original just in case you lose it. I'm forever losing patterns and hooks/needles.) I also use my needle work as my "Me time" when I'm ready to strangle a child. As a mom of a big family I have to take a few minutes here and there to do something to give me time to regather myself or I'll kill somebody. My husband has gotten used to me doing needle work during family time and it has become a sign to him that all is right in the world. So if you take the little moments here and there, I'm sure you'll get them done in time.

Sorry for getting off slightly off target. As for my list of what I'm making for whom:
MIL: 6 Crocheted Clothespin Angels and 24 wireworked napkin rings
SIL: I'm leaning towards a scarf or something and maybe a set of placemats. I'd really like to make her a set of amigurumi zombies and ninjas but I've not been able to get my hands on the book "Creepy Cute Crochet" so I probably won't succeed at that this year.
FIL: ?????
DM: Probably a bag for her Bible Study Class
DF: ????
DH: a blanket and a snuggy
Kids: Each kid is going to get a floor pillow and blanket for family nights, a Bible cover and a set of book marks with their initials.
Pets: New blankets
Me: Lace curtains, Window Quilts and the foundation down on our house. (I can dream can't I?)

Jan in CA
07-10-2011, 12:33 AM
Christmas... :noway: Well... I have been working on a scarf for my stepdaughter, but whether it'll be done this Christmas or next remains to be seen...

redbedhead
07-10-2011, 07:11 AM
Yes I have finished my Future SIL's (they are getting married in August) Christmas present, a scarf --one of the first projects I ever made.
My brother wants me to make him socks! socks! I only know how to make scarves! so I am in the process of creating my first basic sock. I know how bad it sucks and can make his pair better. Hopefully I will be able to learn and finish his socks! (luckily we celebrate christmas in January since his job and our Mom's job won't give time off in December. So I have an extra month to finish!)

crazykntter83
07-10-2011, 12:09 PM
lol Jan that cracked me up. TreshaRuthe....oh my goodness! I thought I had a lot of knitting to get done this year. Wow, your list certainly beats mine!!
redbedhead-I'm sure you'll get the socks done. Once you get the basics of sock making down, it really isn't too bad. :)

Danisty
07-10-2011, 03:14 PM
My husband has gotten used to me doing needle work during family time and it has become a sign to him that all is right in the world.My husband says the same thing.

I've finished one sweater already and only have to add one sleeve each to two other sweaters (I find it so hard to find the motivation to do the last sleeve). That takes care of my dad and my my brother's step-kids. I'm working on some entrelac pillows for my mom. It's still a bit slow going since this is my first attempt at entrelac. I have a pair of socks and a scarf to knit for my husband, a sweater for my nephew (and I'm still looking for just the right patten) and *maybe* a sweater vest for FIL. I have no idea if I'll get it all done or not.

psquidy
07-11-2011, 02:54 PM
This is to funny! I've been fretting about my Christmas knitting trying to get my list together and everyone has been telling me I'm nuts! WE really only have 5 months to get it all done! I'm totally going to get started (as soon as my needles are free of my STUPID SECOND SOCK. Lol.
I havn't been on this site in forever... I miss you guys!

redbedhead
07-11-2011, 03:17 PM
redbedhead-I'm sure you'll get the socks done. Once you get the basics of sock making down, it really isn't too bad. :)
Oh my first sock is so sad! :oops: Holes along both sides of the toes, holes at the ankle. Funny looking bind off. I am using Silver's Sock class toe up on 2 circular needles (found here http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/2circsocks_start.htm) for my basic instructions because she had pictures I could actually understand! I know my problem on the toes was that I was not pulling it tight enough, so the next one already looks better! The ankle holes are probably the same problems. I will find out when I get there.
The other thing I noticed was that I did not keep track of how long I made the foot, or how many rows of knit I did after the heal before I started the ribbing, or how long I made the ribbing! So, I am measuring the secon d sock by holding it up to the first sock, and frogging when I have to . :frog:
I have to get these problems worked out so the socks I make my brother will look good and not scary!:roflhard:

crazykntter83
07-11-2011, 11:39 PM
I've never tried that method for socks before redbedhead. So far I've only done socks on dpns. I really want to try to learn how to do two socks at a time. I've just got to find a day where I'm actually feeling patient enough to try the cast on. Last time I just got frustrated with it and went back to my dpn method lol.
Psquidy, I know exactly what you mean!! People who don't knit, don't realize just how much time it takes to get these projects done, and that you actually have to find the time to do them. But at least we're making gifts that people will treasure(I'm hoping anyway). :)
This is my first year attempting to knit everyone Christmas gifts, so I'm kinda nervous about it. Before, I didn't know the purl stitch(sad, really) and wasn't confident enough in my knitting abilities. I'm also afraid that I won't have enough time to get everyone's gift done, and I'm hoping that people are pleased with what I make them.
Good luck to everyone with their Christmas knitting!! :)

cftwo
07-12-2011, 09:12 AM
I knit a vest for my 6 yo niece, but I don't have plans to knit anything else. Yet. I may need to get some ideas online, as I like to make things for my coworkers.

TreshaRuthe
07-12-2011, 11:02 PM
Jen, just calling me Tresha is fine :D. As far as confidence in your knitting, try adding knitted gifts to your Christmas project list less than a week after learning how to knit stitch?:thud: My most beloved DH volunteered me to knit some gifts... :sigh: Luckily only a few family members know about me learning to knit so most of them would be just as happy with crocheted or sewn gifts. But at the moment to say that hubby and I are "low income" would be like saying "it was a little warm today" (Heat index of 116.)

And, Danisty, isn't it wonderful to have husbands that look on our "Eccentricities" as a good thing?

BTW, if anyone has any ideas for last minute hostess gifts, a baby gift, and a wedding gift that can be done quickly I'm all ears. Next month I'm finally meeting the rest of Hubby's family when we go up to WI for a wedding, birth, and family reunion. Needless to say, I'm starting to feel like I'm going insane.

*starts checking out the websites of some of the local looney bins*

Ingrid
07-12-2011, 11:07 PM
CHRISTMAS!!!???!!! :tap::fingerwag::gah::out:

TreshaRuthe
07-12-2011, 11:37 PM
5 generations on both sides of the family living. There's a total of 28 children on my Christmas list nevermind the adults. If it weren't for homeschooling my bunch, I'd probably be starting on my projects January 7th. (Married into a European family and they celebrate Christmas from 12/25 to 1/6)

fatoldladyinpjs
07-13-2011, 05:16 AM
I just found this online and had to share it. It would make a great gift for someone who loves their mp3 player. It's an I-cord that you knit around the headphones cord so it doesn't tangle. I thought it was a great idea. It would look great with variegated yarns.
http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/mischeadphone.htm

I found this on Knitting on the Net's Facebook page. They have some great gift ideas.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Knitting-On-The-NetKnit-A-Bit/121512141375

Danisty
07-13-2011, 06:58 AM
I just found this online and had to share it. It would make a great gift for someone who loves their mp3 player. It's an I-cord that you knit around the headphones cord so it doesn't tangle. I thought it was a great idea. It would look great with variegated yarns.
http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/mischeadphone.htm

I found this on Knitting on the Net's Facebook page. They have some great gift ideas.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Knitting-On-The-NetKnit-A-Bit/121512141375I wonder if the headphone cover would help protect against my cat who loves to chew on that kind of stuff? I might just give it a try. *goes to find video on I-cord*

fatoldladyinpjs
07-13-2011, 09:31 AM
Maybe not if he's anything like my cat. I call him Yarn Boy. He loves to chew a strand of yarn in half. It's always on the project I happen to be knitting. I end up having to join the yarn together so I can keep going. Ugh!

When you get to the bottom of the Facebook page, click the more posts icon. This gives you tons of ideas for quick and easy presents and some sweaters which are a little more challenging. Something there for everybody.

NorthernIrelandKnitter
07-13-2011, 04:29 PM
I have waited so long to get around to giving some of the things I made for last year's Christmas that I might just wait and give them to the intended recipients this year lol. Other than that, I haven't thought much about knitting for Christmas this year. I seem to remember it was around this time last year that I was starting to plan my knitting for Christmas.

I just stick with small projects, otherwise everyone would be waiting for several Christmases.

Gillian

dreamsherl
07-13-2011, 08:34 PM
I began my Christmas knitting in April. So far I have knit five Annis Shawlettes from http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss10/PATTannis.php.
I'm finding it to be a fast knit. I have the last one on the needles. I haven't blocked any of the yet. :knitting:

sgtpam
07-13-2011, 09:35 PM
I love these little bags. I plan on making one for Mom and each of my nieces and sisters for Christmas. One done, 7 to go...for starters….

I made this one out of Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton (which I really do...love). I am not a fast knitter...but, I got one done in just a few days

Not sure why, but my picture won't load....I give up

Pattern
http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/bags/bag-bamboozle-weebag.html

Project Page
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/SgtPam/bamboozle-wee-bag

knittysweet5
07-14-2011, 08:09 PM
I have already started my Christmas knitting:
First with a dog jacket
2)Several hats for the homeless, family, and friends
3)One pair wrist warmers for my sister
4)Shawl for one mother
5)New dress for other mother's favorite stuffed animal(long story)
6)yoga socks for me
Right now that is my knit list so far.
Christmas has to be my favorite holiday....

ShanaHoo
07-24-2011, 12:03 PM
I am still working on a project that I meant to give to my sister last Christmas. :wall:

There's no way I won't finish by this Christmas... right? RIGHT?!!

Breezed
07-24-2011, 02:42 PM
I haven't started but I've had my plans for a few months. I keep getting distracted by coworkers getting pregnant. I have done nothing but baby blankets and toys for the past few months.

MIL: lace shawl/scarf - I've been searching for a pattern for weeks now. I'm still not settled. I hate reading charts and most of the ones I like are charted. :(

BF: he really wants me to knit him socks so I might do that. I also want to make him some golf club covers but it has to be really masculine. He won't use anything that looks too knitted and feminine. I found a few so far I think may work.

Nieces/nephews: probably amigurumi and scarves for those in cooler temps. Maybe fashion accessories for our older niece.

Coworkers: bibs for all the babies. I love ArtLady's and also the one with the cable up the side and around neck.

ME? I have yet to knit myself anything since I learned. I have given everything away. Maybe one day.

sgtpam
07-24-2011, 07:05 PM
MIL: lace shawl/scarf - I've been searching for a pattern for weeks now. I'm still not settled. I hate reading charts and most of the ones I like are charted. :(


Have you seen the Liesel? It could be done as either a shawl or scarf. The pattern has both written instructions & a chart. It was my first lace project. I'm not ready to do a chart only yet:whoosh:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/SgtPam/liesel

Breezed
07-24-2011, 11:22 PM
Have you seen the Liesel? It could be done as either a shawl or scarf. The pattern has both written instructions & a chart. It was my first lace project. I'm not ready to do a chart only yet:whoosh:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/SgtPam/liesel

Ohhh, I like that. I also like the simple yarn over shawl on her page. Both are very pretty. Thanks.

fatoldladyinpjs
07-27-2011, 08:42 AM
These are some quick knit presents for those of us who don't have a lot of time. Or for some event or person that comes up last minute.

http://www.allaboutyou.com/craft/pattern-finder/knitting-patterns/toys-to-knit/one-ball-wonders-quick-knits-55515

LisaMarie
07-27-2011, 09:32 PM
Oh my gosh, this is so funny. Thanks, oldfatladyinpjs for posting the link.

I just joined this group and the first thing I was thinking was posting about planning for Christmas knitting. This will be the first year that all (or as many as possible) of my gifts to family will be hand knit/crocheted... problem is I don't know how long to allow for projects since I don't have a lot of knitting experience. Typically I bite off way more than I can chew (in life lol), so.. any other advice for a newbie? I've never done socks, but was hoping for not just doing a scarf for everyone... thanks! :) P.S. Socks and Mittens kind of scare me.

Lisa

sgtpam
07-27-2011, 10:32 PM
Oh my gosh, this is so funny. Thanks, oldfatladyinpjs for posting the link.

I just joined this group and the first thing I was thinking was posting about planning for Christmas knitting. This will be the first year that all (or as many as possible) of my gifts to family will be hand knit/crocheted... problem is I don't know how long to allow for projects since I don't have a lot of knitting experience. Typically I bite off way more than I can chew (in life lol), so.. any other advice for a newbie? I've never done socks, but was hoping for not just doing a scarf for everyone... thanks! :) P.S. Socks and Mittens kind of scare me.

Lisa

Pocket Book Slippers. Not a bit scary. My mom, sisters & nieces (and I) love them...and want more.:grphug:
Recently, I was informed by one sister and one niece that they sure hope they get some under the tree this year….apparently my math was off and I missed them.:noway: Soft, acrylic variegated yarn were the favorite…they get worn (and washed) a lot. :thumbsup:
http://knitwits-heaven.tripod.com/pocket_book_slippers.htm

crazykntter83
07-27-2011, 10:35 PM
I don't know how much experience you have with crochet, but you can crochet socks. :) This (http://www.crochetandknitting.com/socks.htm) pattern is really easy. You can also knit or crochet hats. For me, crochet hats are really fast. Usually about a day or so. You could also make purses for the girls on your list. I'm currently making these (http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/HomeDec/WC1719+Table+Lace+Placemat.htm) placemats. They're super cute and easy. :) Just some ideas, I hope they help you!!

fatoldladyinpjs
07-27-2011, 11:13 PM
It doesn't have to be any big projects. You can put small ones in your purse and do them while riding the bus to work or on your lunch hour. Just work on a little at a time. Another thing I could suggest is knitted sleeves for Starbucks coffee cups that are too hot. Some of these are crochet patterns, but click to see more pages at the bottom.

http://www.patternlinks.com/search.php?id%5B81%5D=76

I thought this slingshot holder was sheer genius.
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTslingshot.html

Shandeh
07-28-2011, 02:01 AM
I recently starting knitting a Christmas sweater for myself, to be published on the Bernat Blog sometime this year. It's in the round, and I'm about up past the belly now. :)

I'm also knitting a blanket for my step-dad, using Lion Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. He managed a vegetable garden for our family for several years, while working full-time and repairing everything around our house. Now he's turning 80, and just lays around all the time. I'm designing the blanket to look like plowed garden furrows, by doing the stitch from the "Scrunchable Scarf". I'm adding a center section of a vine, with leaves. I hope he likes it!

My middle son has asked for lots of knitted projects, so I'm trying to choose the right one. My youngest son likes orange, so I might make him an orange scarf. I've already knit several things for my oldest son, but I might make him some slippers. And my mom has asked for a shrug.

LisaMarie
07-28-2011, 09:01 PM
Thank you Pam and everyone - these are great ideas and links! :D

Very helpful ....now to make my list

fatoldladyinpjs
07-29-2011, 08:07 PM
I knitted fitted socks for newborns these last few months. Despite following the directions, those fitted socks were too small. I've learned since then to forego the heel turns and knit tube socks. It's hard to knit socks as gifts unless you know a person's shoe size. Tube socks are a one size fits all kind of thing.

I think I saw this show on Good Morning America. A lady was telling how to save money. What she does is goes to places like the dollar store to buy gifts. These are things like bells, figurines, dolls, and teddy bears. She stores them in a closet. When a last minute gift is needed or an impromptu party comes up, she pulls something out of the closet along with a pre-bought card.

Something like this might work out well all year round, not just Christmas, for small hand knitted projects. Baby bibs and booties are fast and easy to make. For adults, cotton dish cloths, hats, anything like that.

HamsterLover
07-29-2011, 11:51 PM
I have started knitting two scarfs. Nobody knows if they are going to be done this year, or the next! Working on them for the person that inspired me to knit, and my friend!




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fatoldladyinpjs
07-30-2011, 08:38 AM
Knitting things for others is all well and good. But don't forget to make something for yourself. You deserve it for all your hard work. If you live in colder climates, a hat, mittens or gloves, and a scarf is a must for every knitter. Here in Wisconsin, we need two sets: one of sport weight yarn for the 30-40 temps we get in early fall and spring, and worsted or bulky weights for the sub-zero temperatures.

fatoldladyinpjs
07-30-2011, 11:25 PM
I came across this article that had some helpful hints for making Christmas presents. The one I liked was to use your downtime, like waiting in a doctor's office to knit. If you knit one hour a day, that's one present per week.
http://ezinearticles.com/?Easy-Knitting-Patterns---Knit-Christmas-Gifts&id=814133