Quick gift ideas

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Ok, so now it’s December. Holiday gift giving time is coming up very quickly and let’s assume for a moment you know someone who hasn’t started their holiday crochet yet. Yeah, let’s go with someone you know. Because you’re done already, right? Sure, just like I am. ;)

Anyway, let’s say your “friend” is freaking out over the wide range of items to make for gift giving this year. And you, being such a great friend are here seeking help for your friend. Because that’s what friends do and since you’re done already, you want to help out.

Well, here’s some patterns I have out that are great for quick gifts:

There’s the Fearless Scarf. This pattern can be made in really any yarn, so it’s great for stash busting. Which makes more room for you, I mean, your friend, to get yarn for a gift. The scarf pattern is available for instant download for $3.00. You can click on the link or the photo to go to the page on Ravelry (you don’t have to be a member, but if you crochet, you totally should be one) where you can purchase it.

Fearless Scarf

Fearless Scarf

Keeping in line with the quick gifts for cold weather, the Ladyfinger Mitts work up really quick in worsted weight wool. Sure, they’re lacy, but I’m telling you, they’re warm. Especially if you make them out of wool. This pattern is available for download for $4.50.

Ladyfinger Mitts

Ladyfinger Mitts

Need a hat for someone? The Beatrice Hat is warm and cozy, and appropriate for both men and women (just change the colors up). It’s got a simple texture stitch and works up quickly. The pattern is available for $4.25.

Beatrice Hat

Beatrice Hat

Now, say your friend lives somewhere that’s warmer and a hat or scarf or fingerless gloves won’t cut it. Well, how about jewelry? The Guinivere Choker works up quickly and is stunning. Any combination of thread and beads will make a beautiful necklace that will be perfect for holiday parties. The patterns is available for $3.50.

Guinivere Choker

Guinivere Choker

If jewelry isn’t their thing, cowls are all the rage right now. The Southern Lights Cowl is deceptively simple and most importantly, quick. Use a fingering weight yarn with long color repeats and let the yarn do all the work. The pattern is available for $4.00.

Southern Lights Cowl

Southern Lights Cowl

I hope this has helped you, er, your friend come up with some ideas for some quick gifts to make. Be sure to stop by here on December 11th because I will be talking about my pattern in the upcoming book Simply Crochet as my stop on the blog tour! And…I’ll be giving away a copy of the e-book. So exciting and I can’t wait to share this with y’all. See you then!

Gift Giving Guide

Ah, it’s that time of year again. The time when the TV commercials gear up to tell everyone they need to buy the latest and greatest shiny toy or gadget to prove your love to everyone in your life.

My thoughts?

Eh.

I have always preferred either handmade or items from the heart. Doesn’t mean you can’t go out and buy stuff, but buy things thoughtfully. Buy what your loved one will really love and appreciate, not what the ad companies tell you will be a good gift.

This post will have two parts. Ideas for those of you who like to crochet gifts for your loved ones and ideas for those of you who have loved ones who are crocheters (or knitters or other fibercraft people).

Ok, so you like to crochet your gifts. I hope right now that you have either already started, have a short list, or are doing small items. Now is not the time to start that stack of afghan patterns (voice of experience here).

Some of my favorite quick-ish items to make for gifts?

  • Scarves (although not so much down here in FL)
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Hats
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Kitchen things (dishcloths, potholders, etc)
  • Device cozies (tablets, phones, mp3 players, e-readers, laptops, etc)
  • Jewelry items
  • Small bags (for holding little things that we all have a ton of)
  • Amigurumi
  • Ornaments
  • Small home decor items (small pillow covers, placemats, decorative items)
  • Mug cozies

If you’re smart (and I’m not, I’m still learning to do this), you could use your stash to make these throughout the year. Then you have a ton of ready made gifts to choose from for those who aren’t necessarily in your inner circle (thus qualifying for really great crocheted items) but who you still want to give gifts to.

If you’re more like me and wondering where the last seven months went, then this list is perfect for everyone on your gift list. My advice? Start making things for the people in your inner circle and work outward. If you run out of time, then just buy them something. Or, you can do like I did one year…I gave my sister one of her socks and an IOU for the other one. That was one of the years I was still learning just how much I could get done in 45 days. Answer: Not as much as I had planned.

And for the record, right now I’m in a good place. I have three gifts done, two gifts started, and three others planned with yarn at the ready. I can totally do this. I hope. The big stickler is that Tunisian colorwork scarf I mentioned in my last post. Hoping that I can carve out time to work on it and get it done in time.

So, what happens if you’re reading this and you’re not a crocheter but you know one? Or, you are a crocheter but have other crocheters on your gift list? Well, then here’s some tips of things to buy for them.

  • Gift cards/certificates to their local yarn shop. Most places will work with you to do something. If they visit the shop a lot, the owner may know what yarns they tend to fondle a lot but never splurge on. If you’re given this info, buy it. You win all kinds of bonus points for this kind of thing. :) Otherwise, a gift certificate works well. And you might need to put the stipulation on it that your giftees use the amount to buy something for themselves. Often we fiber people tend to buy yarn to make things for others. Remind us not to do that.
  • Magazine subscriptions. If you know that there’s a magazine your giftee buys on the newsstand on a regular basis (or has a subscription already), pay for a year of subscription to it.
  • Look for book wishlists. Check to see if your giftee uses Amazon wishlist feature. If so, boom, you’re good to go. Find a book (especially if it’s one they’ve talked about) and get it for them. Some wishlists have other things than just books, so you can find what things they may want but wouldn’t buy themselves (I have a few things like that).
  • Ravelry wishlists! If you’re on Ravelry, you can see patterns that people have put on their wishlists. It’s easy to do. Go to their queue and click on the tab that says “wish list”. You can then buy the patterns right there for them and and it’s sent to their library. It’s awesome.
  • Manicure gift certificates. Seriously, crocheting is hard on the hands. Sometimes getting to take thirty minutes out of the day and have someone massage them and make them pretty is awesome.
  • Hand care items. Lotions (scent free preferred if they crochet all day like I do), paraffin wax hand treatments, crafting gloves, etc. These are all great. If you’re not sure what type of lotion they may like, you can build a basket of different sample sizes (perfect for trying to find a new lotion) and add some emery boards, cuticle cream, and cotton gloves (to put on over an intensive lotion treatment) to it.

I hope this has given you a lot of great ideas for this upcoming holiday season. Remember, the gifts aren’t the important thing. It’s the time you spend with those you love and care about. Your actions throughout the year speak more than the trinkets you provide once a year.

And remember, if you can, support your local independent businesses and artisans. We all appreciate it.

Gift giving guide for crocheters

So you know a crocheter. And that crocheter is on your gift giving list this holiday season. And you’re freaking out. What to get them? Well, here’s some ideas.

1. Yarn. Seriously. There never is enough yarn in any crocheter’s stash. But what to get? Well, if you know them well enough to know what they like to work with, buy some of that. It’s really good to buy it in their favorite color because then they’re more likely to use it for themselves. I know I rarely have time to crochet for myself, so it’s hard for me to buy yarn for myself. I typically buy yarn to design with or to make something for a gift. But if the yarn is gifted to me, I try really hard to be good and use it for myself. That’s a lot easier for me when it’s in purple. Just saying.

If you don’t know what type of yarn they like, then get them a gift certificate. Check with the local yarn shop he or she shops at and see if they can make a gift certificate for you. Many can. Some even have wish lists that your crocheter may have written up. Now, if there isn’t a yarn shop nearby, then a gift certificate to an online retailer will work as well. I’ve received gift cards with the caveat that I must buy yarn I will only use for myself.

2. Lotion. Crocheting is hard on the hands. Especially if you happen to know someone who crochets a lot. I have an arsenal of lotions but I’m always looking for more. It’s a delicate balance, though. I need a lotion that absorbs quickly, really moisturizes, and doesn’t smell too strongly when I’m working. At night when I’m done with the yarn, I can use a yummy smelling lotion. My favorite lotion when I’m working is Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. It doesn’t take a lot to really work well.

Along the same line as lotion is anything else to help with the hands. A gift certificate for a manicure (which my mom gifted me with last week) is really great. My best friend gave me a few years ago a set of spa mitts with inserts that can be heated. These are fabulous at the end of a long day of stitching. Craft gloves are great for providing support during the day.

3. Hooks and notions. Just as with yarn, one can not have enough hooks or notions. Crocheters are often particular about the type of hooks they use. Personally, I’m a Boye style gal, so I don’t like inline hooks. I collect hooks like I collect yarn. I’ve got plastic hooks, wooden hooks, metal hooks, hooks with special handles, handcarved hooks, hooks with beading and clay on the handles. And I’m always looking for more. Personally I would love a set of interchangeable hooks or bamboo hooks.

For notions, stitch markers are king. Now, crocheters have to have a special kind of stitch marker called a “split ring” or “locking” stitch marker. In other words, they have to be able to be opened. My favorite style of stitch marker looks like an earring and is made with a lever back earring finding with beads dangling on the end. They’re pretty and make me happy.

A really good pair or two of scissors, tape measures and hard rulers, blunt tip needles for weaving in ends, and even pens are the types of notions that notoriously wander off when you need them most. Having an extra set in a safe place is wonderful.

4. Storage and organization. There are a lot of “things” that crocheters tend to have. Finding a way to corral them all is a never ending battle. I use a glass vase with glass beads in the bottom to store my hooks on my work table, but I also have a crochet case roll for keeping my favorite set of hooks together. If you remember from the picture of my studio, you also saw a small desktop organizer case that holds scissors, pens, needles, and a lot of other things in the center. Storage units for holding yarn is really great. Plastic tubs work great to keep yarn from getting wet in the case of a flood or accident. Pretty baskets store all kinds of things and are great when they’re out on a shelf. A storage unit with drawers is also a great idea to keep smaller things organized.

Project bags are another great gift idea. I tend to hold projects in progress in separate project bags so I can grab and go if I need to take a project with me. My favorite bag (that stays empty so I can put in what I need when I need to go somewhere) is my Nantucket Bagg. Love it. But I also love handmade bags that are funky and bright. Small bags to hold small notions are also important.

5. Books. There are a ton of great crochet books on the market. Check to see if your crocheter has a wish list and buy them what they might be looking for. Stitch dictionaries are great for designers or budding designers. Especially the Japanese stitch dictionaries. I’m still waiting to get my hands on some of those.

6. Other neat items. Personalized tags to sew into items, note pads or post-it notes, colored pencils, and notebooks are all great gifts, too.

I hope this helps you find the right gift for the crocheter on your list! Happy Holidays!

Handmade holidays

I am a huge fan of handmade holidays. For the last few years, the majority of the gifts I’ve given have been handmade. Granted, over the years, as I’ve gotten busier, these gifts have gotten smaller, but they’re still handmade.

Last year, with the exception of my niece, everyone in my family got crocheted socks. My niece got a crocheted dress. This year, everyone is getting…..ha! Nice try. I know family reads this. :P You’ll have to wait.

But my handmade holidays don’t stop at just the gifts. Our tree is full of handmade things as well. Well, full is maybe not the appropriate word. Still working on getting the tree full. But, the ornaments I do have are handmade. Here, let me show you:

On the left are crystal drop ornaments I made from a kit I got through Mary Maxim years ago. I still have another box of 24 to make. I may work on those this month. Because right now the back of my tree is not decorated. Not that anyone sees it so I don’t worry about it. :)

On the right is one of my Snowflake Ornaments from December 2009 Crochet World. Another one of my goals is to make more to put on the tree. They’re super quick and look really pretty on the tree.

I’d also like to make a few of these Paperclip Ice Skate ornaments this year. When I was a kid we had a couple of these that my grandmother made for us. They were my favorite ornament. :) And now I have a pattern to make new ones.

The other thing I’m working on right now is a tree skirt. Now, those who have followed the pattern line for a while know that I have designed a stunning tree skirt in thread. Yeah, that’s not the one that’s going under my tree. That one resides with my friend Margarita (who did most of the hard sample work on that). Besides, we do the tree in blue and white and silver. Someday, when I have time (ha!) I will make one for us in blue. Nope, I’m working on a much faster tree skirt. I’m doing the Retro Ripples Skirt from the Nov/Dec 2009 Crochet Today. Ours is in soft white, soft blue, and soft navy. I think it’ll look cool. I’m over halfway done, so I’m hoping to finish it tonight. It’s a good TV watching project once you have the pattern repeat set up. Once I get the skirt done, I’ll post more pics of the tree.

Since the holidays are here and I’m caught up on deadlines, I’m planning on taking some time off. This week will be half-days so I can finish up wrapping and finishing and all that for gifts. Then I plan on taking the following two weeks off. Now, my designer friends are laughing at me because we all know what’s going to happen. It’s during the designated “off” times that we all get hit with inspiration and the desire to swatch and play with yarn. And honestly? That’s what I’m hoping for.

I will likely post again after gift exchanging so I can show all the cool things I’ve made for family this year. :)

My wish for you all this year is that you have a blessed holiday season. Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Yule, Merry Christmas, and Happy Kwanzaa! And to all a Happy New Year!

Hello December!

Anyone still here? Sorry about that.

Here’s what happens in my brain: 1. Oooh, I should totally blog about that! 2. Oh, wait, I can’t ’cause I can’t talk about what I’m doing. 3. Okay, I’ll wait until I have something to blog about. 4. Got tons to blog about but no time!

Welcome to my world.

So, lots to talk about. Let’s break it down into little chunks, okay? :)

Pattern line & Website updated

I spent the last couple of weeks updating my pattern line into much nicer template. I think they look much more professional and consistent across the patterns. Big thanks to Kristie Chester for providing the template. I did some tweaks to suit my line and I think it looks great. No pattern is longer than 4 pages, with most of them being 2 page patterns. This makes it much easier for you to print out and use.

With that, I updated all the patterns in Ravelry and on the website. So, if you’ve downloaded one of the free patterns in the past, feel free to go back and download it again so you can get an updated pattern.

Guild news

We have our first meeting this weekend (tomorrow) at A Good Yarn in Sarasota. We’ll be meeting from 11:30am to 1:30pm and if you’re in the area, we’d love to have you join us!

Published designs

Some may say this is burying the lead, but I wanted to have the spot for the photos to be near the end. :) I’ve had a lot come out in the last month or so.

Camo Girl Slippers

Found in the Slippers By the Dozen booklet from Annie’s Attic. I love these slippers. My original sample were in solid purple and cream and I just love them. Here’s a pic of the original:

They’re big and floppy and frilly and just plain fun. They don’t take much yarn at all and make great gifts!

Snowflake Afghan and Ornament

Snowflake afghan

Snowflake ornament

This pattern is found in the December 2009 issue of Crochet World. And I’ll tell you, my pictures do not do it justice. The photography in the magazine is great and even it doesn’t show how well these colors pop in this afghan. It’s a stunning afghan and I think it would look great in any wintery decor (except down here in Florida where we don’t see snow…or temps even close to snow). The ornaments whip up quickly and are precious as either ornaments for your tree or gift trim. I bet you could even make a bunch of them and join them as you do the final round and make a garland. In fact, I may try that for our tree. :)

Sweet Ruffles Crochet Dress

Found in Super Baby booklet by Coats and Clark. Oooh, go to the link, and look at the cover!

This is my first real garment pattern and my first design with Coats and Clark. I was THRILLED to see my design on the cover. It fulfills another of my things I want to do as a designer. I love this little dress and I think it looks so cute on the model.

Things coming up

I have a design coming out in the February Crochet World. It’s cute and I can’t wait to see it in print!

I’ve been doing some work for Coats and Clark that will hopefully be coming out soon. I can’t wait to show you ’cause they’re all so cool.

Workshops coming up next month at A Good Yarn! I’m really excited about doing these. I can’t wait to get back into teaching again.

New designs in the works for next year. I’m going to try to be better about releasing patterns throughout the year. Now that I have a great template, this will be easier.

Other news

Last month I became an Affiliate member of the TNNA. Big step in my career and now I am starting to make plans to make it to the June show in Columbus.

Other than one last gift I’m working on now that was added on last weekend, I am DONE with my holiday gifts. Yeppers. This would be the earliest EVER for me. :) Granted, I have two gifts I need to buy, and a few I want to make that are not fiber related, but they don’t count in the crochet list. :)

Have a fabulous December and holiday season (whatever you celebrate)! I will try to be better about posting, but we all know how that goes for me. Thanks for sticking with me!

Happy May!

I’m just going to stop apologizing for not posting. Because it’ll likely continue for a while as I’m busy with stuff I can’t show you. :(

Ah, but this is actually a post where I can show you some things!! :) Yay!

Yesterday I finished the first of a few tops for wearing to Chainlink in August. This one is a Doris Chan design from her book Everyday Crochet. It’s the pattern Runaround. I made it out of some Rowan Calmer that John brought back for me from Pennsylvania. I love it. I love it so much that after putting it on for photos (at Margarita’s apartment), I left it on the rest of the day. It’s so comfy and cozy and just great. :)

Here’s a closer view:

I also finished my brother’s birthday gift in one day. I’m going to show a picture, only because I don’t think he reads my blog. If he does, oh well, don’t look. :)

Anyway, the pattern is called Earl Lenmeyer the Flask (it’s an X-Files reference and he’ll likely get it). I made it for him because he is a chemist type person (he makes flavors for a flavor company…it’s a complicated job…I call it making OJ taste like OJ). So hopefully he’ll put it on his desk in his lab.

And the side view showing the little markings:

On the personal crochet front, I’m still working on my blue sparkly top for Chainlink. After that I have 2 more clothing items to make. One from a pattern and one that’s my own design. I also have about 3 other things I need to knock out before then. :) Gonna be busy, but gotta fit it all in.

On the work crochet front, I’ve got a project on the hook right now for publication next year. It’s in a very yummy yarn. I love it. I’m hoping to get it done and out the door by the end of this week. I think I can do it. It’s a very quick project. I also need to crank out two proposal packages and get them out the door as well.

Well, that’s all from me for now. Hopefully I’ll have more to post about next week, but we’ll see. It all depends on how quickly I can finish the blue sparkle top. Speaking of, I should get to that today. It’s been a really lazy Sunday for us.

Another thing I can show you

Let’s play another round of “Remember this?”

Remember this?

Well, it turned into this:

Spring Ripple Baby Blanket (Lion Brand’s link) / Ravelry link….go look at it on the Lion Brand site, their pictures are much better than mine. :)

I’ve been waiting to tell you about this yarn. It’s AWESOME! Seriously, I’m going to buy a ton of this when it hits stores near me. It’s a superwash merino wool. 306 yards to a 100g skein. AWESOME. It’s so soft and yummy and the colors are so neat. The info on the site says that it’s a DK weight yarn, but I personally think you might maybe be able to do a pair of socks in it. They might be a bit thick, but that’s my plan. I’m going to swatch with the little bit I have left from the project. I also have a top I want to make with this yarn. Go get some of this if you can. It’s a really nice yarn. :)

What else am I working on? Well, I just finished the sample size for SSP#5. I want to test the other two sizes to make sure my math is right. I also sent off four proposals this morning. So it’s been a busy start to the new year.

Oh, and I finished Kelli’s second sock yesterday and sent it home with Mom. Here’s the picture of the single sock:

Now all that’s left to do is John’s vest. He’s resigned himself to getting it as a birthday present in February. I’m hoping I can get it done before then. :) We’ll see.

Well, time to get back to work. I’d like to get my to-do list done today before mid afternoon so I can do a bit of housework before John comes home tonight.

Holiday wrap up post (picture heavy)

Whew. That was a whirlwind week last week! This will be a quick wrap up with lots of pictures so I can get started with my work week.

Thursday:

I stayed up until nearly midnight on Christmas Eve working on Josalynne’s dress. Finally I had to stop as my hands just wouldn’t go anymore. So I got up at 7am on Thursday and took care of the animals and got back to work. I finished crocheting the skirt of the dress and weaving in all the ends around 10am. John wrapped gifts for me while I crocheted. I packaged up more thread so I could do the neckline and armhole edgings once she opened the gift. Kelli got one sock with a note that I’ll have the other one done by Thursday when Mom comes out.

Here are a few quick pictures from Thursday:

Josalynne holding up her dress (when Kelli makes a slip she’ll send me a picture of it on):

Daddy’s socks:

Mom’s socks:

Sean’s socks:

No, I don’t have a picture of Kelli’s sock because I ran out of time. When I finish her second sock, I’ll take a picture of that.

But here’s a great picture of Kelli and I holding up the shirts Mom got us. They say, “My sister has the best sister in the world”. :)

And here’s a pic of me and John:

Oh, and of the pretty bracelet and earrings Kelli made for me:

We got home that afternoon and slept. Then I made some yummy dinner and we just relaxed the rest of the evening. I did not crochet the rest of the day.

Friday:

This was a somewhat lazy day for us. Although John did mow the lawn and take apart the steering wheel in my van. He needed to replace the clock spring in my steering wheel and got it finished once the part came in on Saturday. I finally started crocheting that evening as I was getting antsy. I’m back to working on his vest and it will likely take forever. So he may get it for his birthday or next year’s holidays. :)

Saturday:

We finished up the van and I now have cruise control and a working horn. However, it did not solve all the issues we had with the van. :( So we’re moving on to the next things he thinks are wrong. The downside is if he was working here in town it’d likely be done by now. But having to cram in all the work into weekends makes it difficult. He does do all his research at night in the hotel and typically either orders parts while there or picks them up there and brings them home.

After he finished that we met his dad for dinner. Here are some pictures of that:

All four of us (JP, Beatrice, me, and John):

JP & Beatrice:

John & Me:

They gave me 3 books from my wish list (Colorsense, The Savvy Crafter’s Guide to Success, and The Art of Tangle Sweater Collection Vol. 2) and gift cards for Michaels. :)

Sunday:

We got up Sunday morning and Margarita came over to visit. She came bearing bagels and that was super yummy. We all went to lunch at Panera and then John started getting ready to go back to work for this week. :( Boo, it was nice having him home for all those days.

Margarita and I went to Michaels (my van acted up once John left so Margarita had to drive us) and spent gift cards. I got a ton of sock yarn (enough for 6 pairs of socks):






After shopping we hung out here for a bit and then went to dinner and got gelati’s after at Rita’s. Yum. Margarita headed home around 10:30 and shortly thereafter, I heard from John. He was at the hotel and said that the weather was warmer than last week.

Today:

Time to get back to work. I have finished up SSP#4, I just need to do blocking and such and then get it ready to go. I also have to go run the code scanner on the van to see if I’m going to be able to drive at all this week. :( I hope so, I have things I need to do.

So there’s my holiday recap. I hope your holidays were great as well!

Down to the wire

We are now 26 hours out from gift giving festivities at my parents’ house.

So what’s left to do?
1. Weave in ends on Holiday Socks 1.
2. Weave in ends on Holiday Socks 2.
3. Weave in ends on Holiday Socks 3. (are you detecting a trend here?)
4. Crochet the second sock for Holiday Socks 4.
5. Weave in ends on Holiday Socks 4.
6. 17 more rounds on Jos’s dress (which by the way is a full circle skirt, so each round gets larger…yay me) & edging on neckline and armholes.
7. Weave in what seems like 58943243789 ends on her dress.
8. Hopefully have time to wash the socks (to soften some of them up) and wash and block the dress.
9. Wrap all gifts.

I should be able to do that all by tomorrow morning, right? Realistically, the weaving in of ends takes only a few minutes for the socks. Here’s my plan:

1. Finish the dress by this evening (including weaving in ends).
2. Weave in all ends on socks.
3. Wash socks and block (HS4 is already a soft yarn, so I may be able to get away with not washing these).
4. Wrap gifts.
5. Start working on 2nd sock of HS4. All else fails, cut paper and carry with so I can wrap that last pair in the car.

I figure John isn’t due to come in until nearly 11pm (if flights are on time, so far, so good) so I’ll be up anyway. I also get up at 7am with the dog so that buys me another 2.5 hours before we have to leave.

At least it isn’t the year of the afghans. :) A few years ago I had the bright idea to do 4 afghans for Christmas. And I started in November. In my defense, I had been working a job that gave me lots of time to do these. And then I got a promotion and didn’t have a chance to crochet during my shift. Oops. That year I stayed up until 3am and one of the afghans didn’t get delivered until a week or so after Christmas. Here are the pictures of those afghans (since I have nothing else to show right now):



And yes, that granny square one is a king size blanket. The other three are all twin size blankets.

Okay, off to finish. If I don’t post before then, I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!

Gift making frenzy

Whew, been a busy morning already.

I finished the main crocheting on SSP#4 on Friday night, so I can take this week off guilt free. While I have 2 more small things to make to go with it, I will likely do that today. I’m not going to ship until after the holidays so it doesn’t get lost during the mail rush.

Today I needed to whip up some quick gifts to send to Nelcy and Ray up in NJ. My original plans got shot down simply due to time. I will likely still do them and have them ready for either birthdays or next year. :) I was going to just do some ornaments and such, but found a great pattern last night and decided to do that instead.

So here’s why I made Nelcy (if you’re reading, Nelcy, stop now, please):


It’s the Crochet Beaded Bracelet (Ravelry Link). It worked up very fast. I may be making a few more since it was so fast and easy.

For Ray, I sent up a hat I had in my “made it, don’t know what to do with it” bin. I hope he likes it.

It’s the Skater Hat (Ravelry Link).

After getting those done, I whipped up a small ornament (no pic, sorry) and packaged them up and sent Priority Mail to NJ. Hopefully they get there by Wednesday. If not, then at least it should reach them by the end of this week.

Today’s plan? I have one more pair of socks left to make. I finished the 3rd pair last night. Then I need to finish my niece’s dress. Then I’m done other than working on John’s vest. I’m in a good place, I think. John’s vest likely won’t get done by Christmas, but if I can get it done by the time he leaves next Sunday, then I’ll be happy. He said it was 34 when he got into the hotel last night.

Today’s delivery people (not mail, it’s not here yet) brought me 2 books: Crocheting on the Edge and Amigurumi Animals from Crafter’s Choice (LOVE them…I got one of them for free) and yarn for the next project to be published. Yay! That project will start as soon as I wrap up SSP#4 and get it sent.

Okay, since I’ve eaten lunch (ceasar salad, yum) I’m going to get back to work on the socks. :) After Christmas, I’ll post pictures of all the socks. :)

And to all my readers who are celebrating: I wish you a very happy Hanukkah. :)

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