Warning: if you are related to me, or just expecting a gift from me this year, you might not want to read this post.
I seem to have over committed on homemade gifts again this year. I always want to make everything for everyone and then struggle to get it all done. My to-do list has 17 items (umm, 18?) which need to be finished in the next 18 days. Yikes.
First I decided to give my sister a “choose your own homemade gift” coupon for her birthday in early fall. She finally got around to choosing something a little before Thanksgiving. And so I made my first pair of fingerless gloves. I had never done gloves or mittens before, but they weren’t as difficult as I expected. But… she didn’t like the one color wool yarn in the right size I had on hand. So these turned into a birthday gift for my mom. And if I’m making them for my mom and one sister then I should make them for my other sister as well. That’s three pairs. I have one done and gifted, one almost done, and yarn waiting for the third.
variation on this pattern: one cable mitts
Then my dad liked the pair I gave to my mom so much that he asked me if I could find time to make a pair for a friend of his who shattered a hand in a nasty tool-related accident and whose now healed hand gets cold and stiff easily. How can I say no to that? Make that four pairs…
And, while buying yarn for the gloves, I saw a sample scarf which I loved. It was brioche knit, which I had never tried before. But I really wanted to make one for my husband. He’s tough to shop for an even tougher to craft for. And there was a perfect yarn. So I’m making a scarf, too. It’s probably 75% done.
Then his parents saw it. And felt it. And loved it. They live nearby and are my primary help with all the kids. I can never thank them enough for everything they do. And they are just as hard to craft for as my husband. And so I now have three scarves to make. And if I’m making them for my husband and in-laws, I should probably do one for my brother-in-law, too. Make that four scarves. And I want one for me, in 2-color brioche (because it looks so cool) in a super soft silk blend (because I really can’t wear wool) but that isn’t happening this month.
You see where this is going, right?
And I have a belated baby gift to finish.
And I need to make a stocking for Miss C. (Thankfully, it’s just easy sewing.)
And I wanted to make a quick cloth book for her for Christmas. (Thankfully, the alphabet book isn’t “due” until mid-January.)
And I told R we could sew some cloth book kits together for Miss C and my nephew.
And I told R we could sew reuseable handwarmers for him to give to all his relatives.
And there’s that afghan I started in the summer and haven’t worked on for a couple months.
And I would love to crochet a beetle for my beetle-obsessed little nephew.
And I told the kids we could bake cookies for the neighborhood.
And I want to give some little stockings to the kids of friends.
And there’s all the usual Christmas stuff.
And I still have five little kids to care for.
And I’m sure I’m forgetting something.
It’s going to be a busy 18 days.