Merry Christmas Baby

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No, you didn’t read wrong — the post title does say “Merry Christmas Baby” and I mean it.   No … I’m not going crazy, I’m just trying to prepare.  With everything going on with me and anticipation of some major events by the end of the year, my goal is to be as thrifty as I can be with regards to gift giving for Christmas this year.   Thrifty but beautiful.  What that means is  that I’m going  to have to do a “Handmade Christmas”.

I’m temporarily postponing my YOP in favour of Christmas production, but I’ll try to make as many items from that list in between my “Santa’s workshop”.

Since I love lists, of course I’ve made a preliminary list of what I’m going to make.  Since no-one in my family’s crafty or even know this blog exists, I’m okay with posting my initial list and updates to the projects.  On my list are:



  • Om           Windschief
  • Marley     TBD
  • Iza            TBD
  • Jewel       TBD
  • Liv            Bag: Fit To Be Tied
  • Dari          TBD
  • Mal           Boyce Bruin
  • Nick          TBD
  • Nev           TBD
  • Munchkin TBD
  • Maya          Rainbow Scarf for Maia
  • T                TBD


  • Nikki       Gaptastic Cowl
  • V             Spa Package (3 Washcloths and soap made by me)
  • Ruth       Coasters
  • Raya       TBD
  • Ann         TBD

Right now, I’ve listed ideas of what kinds of gifts I want to make.  Some of the adults might end up getting food related gifts like home-made granola, fruit spice cooking oils in pretty bottles, chocolate covered strawberries or chocolate bark, macaroons … stuff like that.   I’ve also been messing around with rope knotting and have found some great inspiration for jewelry making with that craft. 

I’m starting May 1st because I’m a slow knitter and frankly, there’s stuff I’m still learning about knitting.  Crochet goes much faster for me so I might trade out some of the knit projects for some crochet ones.  I’ll see how it goes.

The question most  I got from some of the people I shared this rest of the year long project with is ” what if the recipients don’t appreciate your hard and time consuming work?”  Honestly, I don’t know how to answer that, but I think for the most part, everyone will appreciate what they get.  My family knows that I knit, but they don’t know how much or how far I want to go with this.  I think they’ll be speechless that I actually made the items I intend to gift.

I’m already sourcing the net and local flea markets for creative packaging.  I have more than enough yarn in my stash to do these projects.  Even if I have to purchase yarn, I’m positive that it wouldn’t be that much so I’ll still stay under my $100 budget for everything.

What about you?  Anyone started or plans to start their Christmas gift production anytime soon?

Me & Santa

This is one year I can’t complain about what was in my Christmas stocking!!!!  No ma’am!!!!  I can’t!!!!!  No lump of coal for me!!!!

I must have been a very good girl this year because my stocking was overflowing with knit and non-knitterly related gifts.  More than I ever imagined.  😯  😯  😯

From my cousin, I received:

  • Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns Bk 1 & 2 plus Bk 3 which is the Charted Knitting Designs book.  I told you I must have been good cause those books are not exactly on the less costly side.  😳

From my uncle of all unlikely places, I received:

  • 60 More Quick Knits

It’s funny, since he didn’t exactly know what he was getting. He said he thought —  “it’s a knitting book, how wrong could I get?”  LOLOL!!!  What’s great is that I like this one more than I like the first book in this series.  I can see myself making all the projects in this book; and I’m especially drawn to the colour-work patterns.  I just know this book will come in handy once I start this technique.  🙂

I also got myself:

  • The Opinionated Knitter
  • Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac
  • The Big Book of Knitted Monsters (aren’t these adorable 😀  ).  My goal is to make a monster for my cousin’s baby due in April 2012.

I also received from a friendship made on, these skeins of yarn from Asha.  The package was a wonderful surprise and I can’t wait to knit these up into beautiful F.Os.

I hope your Christmas was just as great or better!!!!! 🙂