I really had a handmade holiday this year. I didn’t intend on doing it that way. It just kinda happened. I’ve actually wanted to do this for years, but either didn’t start early enough or didn’t have the right inspiration. This year it all fell into place. It’s a good thing too, since our savings hasn’t recovered from the Studio build and there wasn’t really much for the store bought gifts.
It started back in August or September. My Mother in Law, asked if I would knit her a hat for her trip to Paris the day after Christmas. She’s never asked for any knitted item in all these years. So I was happy to oblige. Then she said is would be her Christmas gift. That was easy:
Oui, Oui! Très joli chapeau, pour ma belle-mère. I hope she thinks of me every second while she is in Paris!
Next was the teacher gifts. I like to do something that isn’t another “thing to put on their desks”. After a few years of teaching it can just become overwhelming. You can’t get rid of any because if that student comes back and sees it’s gone….oh my. I tend to try to show my kids’ teachers our appreciation by giving them something they can use. In past years it’s been homemade hot cocoa mix, or fancy soaps. This year, I found a great recipe for homemade vanilla extract on Pinterest. I did a trial run this past summer to make sure it would taste ok. It came out wonderful. I don’t think I’ll buy store bought vanilla again. This one has such a true vanilla flavor, the store stuff now tastes so artificial. Here are the bottles all lined up and ready to go:
I had the kids make the labels:
Wallet for Hubby’s Aunt. It’s the pattern I use in my shop. I fell in love with this fabric. I think I need something in it for me. It’s not even my usual color or motif, but it just calls to me.
Purse for Hubby’s grandmother. I took my backpack tote pattern and altered it a bit to make it shallower. She’s 90-something and doesn’t need a deep purse. I love the colors in this one also (but that’s my usual color combination, so no surprise there)
Little foxes for my nieces and Big K’s boyfriend’s little brother. These were fun to make. I actually planned on making more of them, but time. I wanted to make one for my little kids as well, and a few more little outfits for them. I hope the recipients love them as much as I do.
I sewed a theatre wrap for my boss. She often goes to concerts and theatre. It’s just enough to cover the shoulders in the friggid air conditioning.
Hat that was supposed to be a Christmas gift *last* year. For a fellow teacher at school and friend. He’s always complaining how itchy beanies get…So far he’s been happy with this one. I hope it stays not itchy!
Hanukkah gift for our friend who owns the book pub where my knitting night is held. I love how two of the same yarns can look so different on different bases and just a teeny different stitch.
And finally, the infamous matching PJ’s for the K’s:
I hope everyone had a great holiday. Looking forward to 2014 and more crafty goodness. Stay tuned for my Knitting challenge post: 12 in ’14!