Sunday, September 18, 2011

Its Christmas time!!!

Yes I know, but really, we should get on it, shouldn't we? We only have 98 more days till Christmas.

So I thought I would create a post that shows what I've got lined up and hopefully get you guys to put in your two cents on some good crafty gifts to make for this years gift giving. (see the middle of the post)

For My 2 Nieces:
Nordstrom Crochet Hobo Bag. One in blue and one in pink. Ive got them crocheted and lined, just cant decide what kind of straps to put on them...stay tuned, Ill need your help.

For SIL #1:
Braided Cable Handle Tote.  I've got this one knitted, just need to felt it and line it.

For SIL #2:
Lotus Bag  Im currently knitting the handle on this one as we speak...Ive got the front and back panels done tho...

For Daughter #1:
Palindrome: A Reversible Cable Scarf I got this one started..
Multi Strand Afghan from Lion Brand. Got the yarn, haven't started it yet.

For Daughter #2:
Carmen Shawlette. I've got this one started too.
French Press Felted Slippers

and Im taking a bunch of pictures that look like the letters in her name and putting those in a frame and giving that to her...I think she will love it. Ill post about it when Im done.

For son:
I prob wont make him anything. maybe a pair of socks. He will get stuff bought for him.

For Hubbs: He loves my socks and tells me he looks forward to Christmas cuz Ive made him a pair every Christmas. Well, at least I do something he likes...LOL

I let hubbs take care of the the men we buy for and I think I have the women taken care of...except my MIL...havent made any decisions there yet. Maybe yall could help me. She had a stroke and she lost use of her left side. She lives in a nursing home now and her kids try to keep personal belongings to a minimum due to theft. I bought yarn for a Entrelac blanket for her 2 years ago, but then this happened and didnt make it because I didnt think she would be able to have it with her. I've made her one of my Utilitarian Shawls and she wears it when she is at home, (she gets visits) but she doesn't want to take it with her when she returns to the home. She thinks it will get stolen too. She has all her photos with her and so theres no room for picture frames or anything...

So wise folks....what do you think I can do for my MIL??

Making a list of what your gonna do for Christmas crafting is simply sanity saving. really. you should do it.

Now heres where yall come in:

Give me all kinds of suggestions(with links) as to what you think should go on a list of Christmas gifts to make. These ideas dont have to be fiber related.

Ill start:


Pay for patterns:
Utilitarian Faroese Shawl (yes this is my pattern...i can give myself a shameless plug i think. I also make these for anyone that doesnt have time to. Check out the listing in my Etsy store. )

Free patterns:
Either/Or Cozy (these things go in the adult stockings every year...they love them!!)
Urchin ~ hat
Alice ~ fingerless mitts
Swirled Wine Bottle Cozy
Cables and Lace Christmas Ball
Cable Braided Necklace (you can make bracelets with this pattern too!)
Schwartz' Stocking Cap (I may make one of these for my son)

Pay for patterns:
Crocheted Utilitarian Faroese Shawl (again, with the shameless plug...)
Doily Rug

Free patterns: 

Other Crafty Ideas:
(please help me fill this up??)
Check out Wytchies post in the comments...pretty cool!!!

Danish Christmas Star for decorating with paper

I hope to have a very nice list of some good Ideas spanning across the crafty world so that everyone can pass this list around to help them decide(and maybe add to it?)!! Please help me fill this thing up??

I look forward to yalls ideas! I will keep adding to this check back often! And if you run across something, don't forget this list we are building!



  1. I've made a Nativity scene out of origami before.

  2. On "other" ideas, I am a big fan of making little hanging ornaments for xmastime either for the tree or just to dot about the place, from oranges and cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves etc. and a little bit of ribbon or wire or can use these things lots of ways and some of them (such as studding an orange or tangerine etc with cloves, tying a ribbon round it with a couple of bits of cinnamon sticks) are so simple to do that even kids can help make them, and the other bonus is they smell lovely and xmassy too!

    You can make them as simple or fancy as you like by adding glitter, beads or anything else from your stash! And you can adapt to your area say by adding cranberries or eucalyptus or bayleaves or basically anything you want lol...

    The studded oranges I usually let dry "naturally" on their own once made as then they still smell lovely too, but you would need to dry out orange slices before crafting with those by microwaving for about 5 mins then sticking in the airing cupboard or somewhere else warm overnight.

    As well as slices, you can "slash" the skin of the orange all around about 1/2 inch apart and then dry, or even cut shapes from the orange slices etc...really your imagination is the only limit.

    Its really cheap to do too which is always a plus!

    I found a few links with pictures of things similar to what I have made in the past, but in general I don't really follow a "pattern" or anything I just wing it lol...

  3. SJSiff~ Do you have a link to somewhere we can make some?? Id like to post that!

    That sounds pretty cool Wytchie!!