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Old 11-25-2007, 02:27 PM   #1
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New and need help with ideas for children's gifts for Christmas, please!!!
...or Is it possible for a new knitter to make all of this by Christmas?

Good afternoon! I am in a bit of a pickle and wondered if some of you who have knitted longer than I (just 2 mos) can chime in with your thoughts.

This year we are a bit strapped for Christmas. Usually we just charge everything and pay it off a tax-time, but this year we are committed to not charging a single item. I recently took up knitting and so far have made scarves for my parents. I still have two scarves to make, for my MIL and my biological mother, but they are fast and I could be done within a week if I try. I am also trying to learn how to crochet Granny Squares so that I can make my husband the Afghan Squared on the Lion site.

So, with that in mind, what could I possibly make for two nephews (1 and 3) and a niece (3) in time for Christmas? Maybe nothing, LOL! I thought about scarves. Simple enough, but I think I'd really like to make hats and mittens to match, and if I am going to do that there won't be enough time. Maybe "just" a scarf is enough, though? Then I thought about a doll or toy of some sort, but not sure that I am that far along in my skills yet.

What do you think? Is it possible to make them something by Christmas, or should I scrap it for this year and concentrate on next year? FWIW I am an at-home mom and can knit for several (2-3) hours each day, but also homeschool which takes a lot of my time.

Thanks for any thoughts!!! And for anyone who gets this far, check out this ADORABLE scarf that I am making my nephews for next Christmas!
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Old 11-25-2007, 02:50 PM   #2
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Go to Bev's Country Cottage site - there are tons of free patterns there, and you may find something besides clothing to make. I think there are some real simple patterns for stuffed animals like teddy bears and such. I would think at 1 and 3, they'd still be in the "stuffed animal cuddle" stage. Heck, I slept with a stuffed animal until I got into my teens

Good luck, and let me know if you find anything that interests you there - I've found lots of stuff on that site!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-25-2007, 02:54 PM   #3
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It might be ambitious to knit for everyone this year in just a month. You can try. But, as a backup plan, I'll pass along the advice from my sisters: little kids don't know the difference between expensive toys and toys from the Dollar Tree, and the toys break just as quickly no matter where you buy them. Just in case.

In the meantime, check out these free patterns for knitted toys which you might have fun with: http://www.knittingpatterncentral.co...ctory/toys.php (the any yarn quick knit teddy bear looked interesting). I've also made hats for my younger nieces and nephews. Here's the page for children's hats http://www.knittingpatterncentral.co..._childrens.php and babies hats http://www.knittingpatterncentral.co.../baby_hats.php

I hope one of these links helps with ideas.
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Old 11-25-2007, 03:49 PM   #4
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I agree with cftwo about the toys - Knitting Daily has toy patterns too. Good for you not using the plastic!
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Old 11-25-2007, 04:12 PM   #5
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Sounds like it would be an aweful lot of knitting for a seasoned knitter, let alone rookies like us. I wouldn't even think of it. Biting off more than you can chew can only lead to frustration.

I plan on starting next year's Christmas knitting soon so as to allow myself plenty of time to get it all done. SHould keep me busy all of next year
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Pretty rude to spam up someone's thread. Especially when you've already posted the exact same thing in your own thread.
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Originally Posted by Knitting_Guy View Post
Pretty rude to spam up someone's thread. Especially when you've already posted the exact same thing in your own thread.
Darnit, ya know... I totally forgot I wasn't a mod on this site (I only frequent two sites regularly, this being one of them and the other not a knitting one, where I've modded for years now) and I totally confused myself when I went to fix it after you said that, hehe.
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Darnit, ya know... I totally forgot I wasn't a mod on this site (I only frequent two sites regularly, this being one of them and the other not a knitting one, where I've modded for years now) and I totally confused myself when I went to fix it after you said that, hehe.

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What's so bad about saying something important? Sheesh. I am not "spamming" up her thread because I gave her a link to a pattern. So go ahead and talk bad about me because I won't be having any part of it. :yadda:
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Oh, and if I was a moderator I would kick both of you off because of insulting people. This site is about learning and helping people. Insulting people is just rude and immature. Like this little smiley? Thought you might.
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