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Alright. Here’s where I’m at. (no pictures in this post, the relevant pictures have already been separately posted)
Ballet skirts and legwarmers for two nieces: Done.
Ballet skirt and bun cover for another niece: Half done. (skirt done, bun cover out with a friend)
Camera cozy and assorted fabric pouches for mother in law: done.
Camera strap cover for father in law: done.
(MIL and FIL are also getting a bowl from StellaJames and a picture of my adorable family.)
Slippers for sister in law: done
Tote bag for other sister in law: done. (this sister in law is also getting the gift of our presence at her wedding in March in Arizona. don’t laugh, it’s going to cost us over $1000.)
Slippers for nephews: done
Slippers for niece: done
Hat for soon to be brother in law: not even started.
Project for sister: not started, needed equipment is malfunctioning.
Twirly skirt for niece and sweater skirt for niece: done.
Two brothers-in-law are getting gift cert’s for massage. They could both use one.
That takes care of extended family. So I’m largely done there.
Wally: knit sweater, knit sock monkey. Neither started. New pants (hemp french terry, dyed). Sewn, not dyed.
Genna: knit jacket/cardigan, knit longies. Not started.
Randy: knit fingerless gloves to match his hat. Christmas ornament from Wally. Not started. (though the ornament needs to wait until the 24th, because the child cannot keep anything to himself.) I’m also going to get him a gift card to Itunes for his new Ipod Touch.
And I’ll be doing some crafting for friends and others, too. One of those projects is finished, one is started.
I need to figure out what to do for our postal carrier.
I’m enjoying browsing through the last few weeks of postings over at Sew Mama Sew - they’re in the middle of their Handmade for the Holidays series. But sometimes I look at those projects and wonder who has family members who would appreciate the items shown. I mean, they’re lovely, but I guess maybe I wasn’t blessed with the appropriate gift recipients for many of them. I’m glad that others have been, though!!
Goodness, we’re coming up on Christmas, aren’t we?
Well, OK, the answer is NO. But it’s getting to be time to start planning for what I’m going to make for Christmas presents. And this year, I have, well, pretty much no ideas.
I’m thinking maybe knitted, felted slippers. For the kids? For the grownups? Hm.
I think it would be awesome to figure out how to use my screenprint kit and use it for Christmas gifts, but unless I want everyone to have the same design, um, that’s a different screen for every person. Not really practical. So maybe some upscale, modern freezer paper stencil designs for adult Tshirts? I don’t really see the men in the family wearing those, though. I know Randy would, but my brothers in law and my father in law aren’t really the, um, Design-On-Tshirt type.
Hm. I’m never too impressed with my ideas for the guys, you know?
A total copy from MamaP
The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me. I will try to make these tailored to those five people. The restrictions and limitations:
*I will make no guarantees that you will like what I make.
*What I create will be just for you.
*You will have no clue what it will be
*The catch is that you have to post this as well, if you expect me to do something for you.
*I have to be able to afford the postage, if you live out of country.
* I (you) have until 2009 is up to complete
Please link to your blog, if I don’t know you, in case we are new friends.
I had posted at Facebook that I probably wasn’t going to give up anything for Lent this year - a first for me. (I’m not Catholic. I just observe Lent in my own ways.) Fasting isn’t really an option, what with the nursing newborn and all. I have traditionally given up something bad for me physically and something bad for me spiritually. (doughnuts and gossip, for example.) But, I’m so perfect this year, I have nothing to give up.
are you chuckling?
OK, I just can’t think of anything.
And then one of my awesome Facebook friends suggested using Lent as a season of giving.
I started out by looking at the links posted at Amanda Soule’s Mama to Mama page. I have it narrowed down to either Little Dresses for Africa or The Dulaan Project. I’m not sure if it’s possible to just simply sew dresses and send them off to the Little Dresses people or if they have more requirements than that… I’m waiting to hear back from them.
Anyone local want to join in? Have thoughts on which project you’d like to do?
PS, regarding Lent, or really any traditional observance, “One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regards the day, regards it unto the Lord, and he that regards not the day, to the Lord does he not regard it. He that eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he that eats not, to the Lord he eats not, and gives God thanks.” -Romans 14:5,6
So, at Christmas, Randy (DH) surprised me with a share of a local fiber CSA. Willow Ridge Farm offers full and half shares of both yarn and roving. (He wanted to get me the roving share, too, but since I’ve yet to actually spin any yarn on my new wheel, I talked him out of it.)
Last week, my first delivery arrived. Six skeins of single-ply in a beautiful hand-painted purple and lavender color (which is what I chose). I also received a picture of Strawberry, the sheep who donated her fleece for my yarn. I’m looking forward to making socks and all manner of yummy things with this yarn!
I have just purchased some pinch-open hinges to make some Christmas presents, but I will have some leftover and might just have to make myself a cell phone case! I’ve been looking for a case that completely encloses the phone, and that I can attach a carabiner to, for easy clippability in my diaper bag. I’m not sure felt will ultimately be sturdy enough for the abuse any such case is likely to encounter, but it’s worth a shot.
While we’re waiting for this baby to make his or her appearance, I’m keeping busy with more crafts, but I am limiting the time I spend in my office, which is really really nice. At the present time, I am working on making pants and soakers from old sweaters, and getting at least that part of my inventory restocked for January.
And then today, I found several cool websites that talk about recycled crafts…
Amy Quarry shares some of her favorite old clothes into new things projects. (And I swear that giant tub of old clothes in my office WILL be made into new projects some day.)
Here is a bathmat tutorial for those of you with lots of time on your hands.
For those of you who own wine bottles, this is a fun idea for a wine rack.
And the old standby Make Stuff has a whole page of recycled craft ideas.
While on vacation in Wisconsin, we drove through Mineral Point, largely to stop at a local yarn shop there called la bella vita fibre gallery. The whole day was somewhat of a fiasco, as we had trouble getting started, then when we located the shop, we found it had moved. After walking to the new location with a sleepy, grumpy 4-year-old in extreme heat, we discovered a sign saying “closed for a meeting, be back at 2.” It was around 1, so we wasted time at a local bar/pastry shop and went back at 2. Still closed. Eventually, they did re-open and we spent a fun hour or so browsing, feeling the different fibers, and petting the resident dog.
Molly Walz, the store owner, was very patient with Wally, even letting him play with some roving and then helping ensure he was gentle with the dog while I shopped. The shop was very attractive (though, really, how can you go wrong with walls of yarn, right?).
I ended up buying only four skeins of yarn.
The owners of la bella vita have also recently opened up a small hotel in the upper floors of their shop called the Mineral Point Hotel (actually, I believe the building was originally a hotel called the Mineral Point Hotel). The hotel is quite nice, with very nice rooms (we toured one). Do consider a visit if you find yourself in the area.