As I’ve mentioned in some past posts, I decided to make a few Christmas gifts this year. Here’s what I came up with!
Last year I started my Christmas gift crafting WAY early. We’re talking August (early for me! Maybe not for some). And I successfully finished a total of 8 pairs of socks for my mom, dad, Mr. 5, sister, bro-in-law, nephew, cousin, and cousin’s boyfriend.
Most of them
They seemed like they went over pretty well…who doesn’t like a nice pair of toasty socks? However, I decided this year that knitting on a fairly tight schedule for 4 months straight didn’t seem so appealing.
So, this year I decided to do something a little different – I made one thing for the ladies and another thing for the guys.
Here are the cardis I ended up with for my mom, sister and cousin:
It was a little tricky to figure out how I should get measurements for these…wouldn’t they all know what I was up to? In my attempt throw everyone off, I measured their chest, bicep and head, regardless of whether they were getting a hat or a cardigan. Once I got to the head, they were all pretty much “WTF?” so I’m thinking that tactic was fairly successful.
I made everyone Jalie 2919, because, well, I love mine. And even if they decide they don’t feel it’s quite their style (AKA don’t want to wear it out of the house), it’s a great cardi to lounge in.
Mom’s in charcoal
K’s in purple
A’s in light gray
These were a little bit of a struggle to get done, but only because I am just not a fan of pattern tracing and the cutting process is always a chore. But, really, they all didn’t take that long.
For the guys, I started the first hat on December 2nd…which is a little later than I intended, but I used large enough yarn that I was able to get them each done in just a few days. Whew!
Here they are!
I also decided to make some soap as part of my Christmas crafting, which I do the ol’ fashioned way with sodium hydroxide (LYE!) and oils. I have a standard recipe that I’ve cultivated through some trial and error, which I combine with fragrance or essential oils and colorants, but I decided I wanted to create a new soap that could stand alone.
I’m calling this completely unadorned (no scents or colors) wonder “Just Soap.” It was inspired by my boss, who is sensitive to scents, and a coworker’s wife, who is allergic to many foods.
I use shea butter (which comes from the shea nut – who knew?) in my normal soap recipe, and I read online that people with nut allergies can have problems with shea butter, even with topical products such as soap. I just wanted to try my hand at making a soap that people with all sorts of sensitivities could use without worry. :)
Last, but not least, I made this sweater for a special little bear. :)
How about you? Gift anything handmade this year?