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Old 09-28-2007, 04:46 AM   #1
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How Many Presents Are You Making This Holiday Season?
Two Christmases ago, my Grandmother presented me, my sister, my father, and my mother each with our own custom afghans in our respective favorite colors. I was so deeply touched at the time they must have taken her, and when I thanked her I said "I know what this means. I know how long they took. Yarn is love."

Ever since then, I've been determined to gift all my loved ones with yarn, and this year I'm taking the plunge. I'm currently working on a baby blanket for my expected cousin, which will be a little early (he's due in about three weeks!) But I've been trying to come up with other ideas, and these are the ones I'm throwing around:

Mom: snowflake ornaments for the tree (she was admiring them in my tatting book)
Dad: possibly the blue chenille blanket
Grandma and Aunt: slippers out of Homespun
My best friend: a Washington state purse (based off of the Washington state pattern in the dishcloths)
Her boyfriend: a Maine scarf (based off the same) or some Dr. Who knitting (he actually suggested it before I ever saw the KAL thread!)

Those are all the ideas I have so far. What are you guys going to work on? Maybe we'll give each other more ideas!
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Old 09-28-2007, 07:14 AM   #2
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I have 3 shawls on the needles, one for my friend, Mom, and sister. And a sweater for my grand daughter! I have been knitting like crazy...I do want to enjoy it. I'm making that Forest Canopy Shawl for my that I really need to pay attention to...LOL!

I just ordered some beautiful hand-dyed yarn for myself to make a shawl...maybe after Christmas!

Sounds like you have a good plan! I know what you mean about people truly appreciating it!

Happy Knitting!
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Old 09-28-2007, 07:27 AM   #3
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I'm not sure exactly. I have finished a scarf for one daughter and started one for my youngest daughter. I'm thinking about making washcloth gift sets with a knitted washcloth and bottle of bodywash or a bar of soap for my mother and sister. Maybe a hat for my husband. Not sure what else.

But I'm having to pace myself. My elbow is hurting this morning. Not sure what's up with that.
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Old 09-28-2007, 09:03 AM   #4
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I definitely need inspiration!!! I have a few ideas... for my daughter's teachers and assistants I'm making little washcloth/soap packages in decorated bags. (3 cloths done, soap bought, bags bought ready for decoration.)

my nephew is getting a scarf/hat combo out of wool-ease. (done) I think I'll make a more lacy scarf for my niece.

I want to make the cupcake tea cozy (from the whatcha knitting forum) for my tea loving friend. (bought the pattern yesterday!) and I was thinking of making the tea cup discloth and some crochet cupcakes.

I've been trying to make this scarf for my sister that uses short rows but I've ripped it out twice trying to master the "Wrap and turn." I know it isn't that hard, but, duh! She is not a girly girl type so I'm using that cool camo yarn from bernat.

I have a couple more friends I need inspriation for. then, I have to decide what to do for people that really don't get the hand-made gift love. That's a whole different post!!

I'm working on a crochet afghan for our bed as a gift for the hubby, but nothing else knit/crochet for him. he's not a sweater guy, never wears scarves, hats, gloves, and does not get the idea of hand made socks.

My Mom is a fabulous knitter, so I'm not going to attempt anything for her. but I will get a book and some yarn for her.

I have a cool book cover pattern for covering paperback books- it has a pretty cable on the front, maybe I'll try that for my book-obsessed friend....

and I have some doll clothes patterns for my daughter. (knit, and sewn) she also wants a Hello Kitty fleece blanket. (one of those easy no-sew ones) I have the fabric for it so I just have to get new blades for the rotary cutter and have at it.

So.... I'll be checking this thread for more fabulous ideas!
did I say one project at a time?

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Old 09-28-2007, 09:24 AM   #5
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only a couple.... I simply don't have the time and i'll be working on gifts for next year come january (when i'd like to make more than a few people something)
nada. taking a break.
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Old 09-28-2007, 10:23 AM   #6
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Afghan for mother in law

Booga bags for my sister, 3 sisters in law and niece

Water bottle sling and matching cell phone cozy for mom

-fish scarf for dd
-or small booga bag for dd
-booga bag for my friend

The afghan is ALMOST done. Definitely done before weekend is over. My mom's water bottle cozy is half done. Taking wool and needles to Texas to knit booga bags like crazy over vacation.

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Old 09-28-2007, 10:35 AM   #7
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Making things for other people is so much fun. In fact, the only thing I ever made for myself was a scarf.

Currently I'm making a sweater for my youngest son using a pattern from the Lion Brand website. ( It's made from Homespun yarn. I'm about half-way finished, and it is so soft and yummy. My son's been rubbing the finished pieces on his skin.

When I'm finished, I'm going to make another sweater from the same pattern for my oldest son. Instead of for Christmas, though, I hope to have them both finished by the time cold weather comes (November).

My husband has expressed interest in a sweater. I've actually never made anything for him, so I hope to be able to do one before Christmas. And I'd like to make him a pair of warm socks (maybe even wool).

So much knitting, so little time!
-married to Jon for 8 years
and mom to 3 boys
Nicholas age 7, James age 3, and Robert (born 12/14/07)

on my needles: socks and a sweater
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Old 09-28-2007, 11:51 AM   #8
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Well let's see if I type it all A. I will be committed and B. I will probably need to be committed but let's give it a go.
3 shawls for the moms
Thorne market bag for sis
Damask bag for sil
2-3 pair of clogs for Dads
hat and scarf or a booga for neice
Sweater for ds
Sweater jacket for dd
Dragon scarf for ds

And then because several birthdays fall around the same time I have face cloths and pigeldy to do.

Yep I should definitely be committed.
Recent FO:Damask just needs a handle and some waxed cording.
3 pair of clogs
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Pigeldy done but needs to be seamed and felted
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In line to be cast on:Clogs (2 more pair)
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Old 09-28-2007, 02:00 PM   #9
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I hope to make 7 pairs of FT clogs If I don't make I'll sub in with other things, and then I also have to buy giftcards or somethign to go with the clogs to make the gift "real."

I'm also going to try and work in a sweater for my Nana because she'll love it, but I'm not putting myself on a deadline. She's getting a pair of the clogs, and I'm making her socks for her bday in November. So if I finish the sweater in time for Christmas, bonus. If not, I"ll work on it at a leisurely pace and save it til Mother's Day.

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Old 09-28-2007, 02:58 PM   #10
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I have 22-23 people I usually get gifts for. I started out with good intentions, but we all know where that leads.....
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