There is a joke among my family that starts with the phrase, “You are not going to like this.”When someone makes a dish for the first time and isn’t sure it turned out, we will say “You are not going to like this.” I felt like this about Christmas presents. I made all my Christmas gifts and I agonized over what to make for people. The first projects I did were scarves for my dad and brother. I used knit 2 purl 2 for one scarf and the basket weave stitch for the second scarf. I posted a picture of the basket weave scarf. Both are easy stitches that turn into scarves that make great gifts. I wasn’t sure what to give my mom. I tried and rejected many ideas. I finally decided to make her a hot pad. She had a hot pad she loved that a friend of my grandmother made it for her. She would often say she wished she could find another like it. After doing a search on Ravelry, I found this pattern. Here is a picture of the hot pad.
I made a friend some Christmas ornaments. She just bought her first house. I thought some ornaments would be a good gift. I made this robin and this Santa hat for her. I loved the robin pattern. I want to make on for myself. My friend loved it; she even told me her mother would want one too. My mother loved the hot pad and my dad really liked his scarf. I am very happy they liked their gifts. At one point I was ready to give gift cards next Christmas. After seeing how much people liked their gifts, I may make gifts next year too. I have a year to think about it.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
When I was looking for ideas for Christmas presents, I found links to a bunch of projects. Here are some of the projects I found. Some of these would be good for last minute gifts. Others are more time consuming. I included a lot of ornament patterns. They are quick to make and it is only 8 days to Christmas.
An adorable crocheted robin
A crocheted dove
A little sweater ornament
Yarn basket ornament
Salt dough Ornaments from the blog Rosmademe.