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« Topic Start: December 08, 2010, 10:38:56 am »

I'm currently knitting away for the holidays.  Gotta finish a lace wrap I'm making for my mom, and a couple pairs of socks (one for my mother-in-law and one for my dad).  Oh, and a blanket for my great-nephew.  And probably a small handful of knit ornaments.  I might also put together a few recipe jars...I'm thinking orange/vanilla scones and some sort of butter cookie.  The only thing I'm buying outright is a matcha tea set for my son, who's fascinated with Japanese culture.  If I had time to figure out how to make a chasen, I probably would.  Wink

So what hand-crafted goodies are you planning this year? 

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« Reply #1: December 08, 2010, 11:06:35 am »

So what hand-crafted goodies are you planning this year? 

Thatsa lot of knitting!  Grin

I've finished:

--a crocheted Ariel doll for my cousin
--3 hardcover blank books for my brother and my friends
--a baby dragon for my other friend

And I'm working on:

--a crocheted Star Wars hat for my brother
--writing Bible verses on vellum, to be framed for a couple of my mothers' friends (she requested I do this)

Most of the rest of my gifts are handmade, but by someone else.
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« Reply #2: December 08, 2010, 11:47:49 am »

So what hand-crafted goodies are you planning this year? 

Currently crocheting a mobius/infinity/circle scarf for my partner (that she knows about, so I'm not sure it's really a holiday present, lol! our apartment is too small for me to hide and hook!), planning a bright orange hunting scarf for my brother, possibly a neckwarmer with button for my dad, and getting supplies this weekend to infuse spirits for my parents and sister (basil/garlic vodka for my mom who loves Bloody Marys, vanilla whiskey perhaps for my stepdad, and Skittles vodka for my sister...all with NYC shotglasses).
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« Reply #3: December 08, 2010, 12:49:31 pm »

Thatsa lot of knitting!

Not as bad as it sounds.  I'm nearly done with the blanket and wrap.  So it's really just a couple pairs of very simple socks (simple pattern knit two-at-a-time on one long circular needle) and some very small ornaments.

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writing Bible verses on vellum, to be framed for a couple of my mothers' friends (she requested I do this)

You know, I should get back into calligraphy.  I haven't done it in years, and people love framed quotes and the like...

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« Reply #4: December 08, 2010, 12:57:15 pm »

I'm currently knitting away for the holidays.  Gotta finish a lace wrap I'm making for my mom, and a couple pairs of socks (one for my mother-in-law and one for my dad).  Oh, and a blanket for my great-nephew.  And probably a small handful of knit ornaments.  I might also put together a few recipe jars...I'm thinking orange/vanilla scones and some sort of butter cookie.  The only thing I'm buying outright is a matcha tea set for my son, who's fascinated with Japanese culture.  If I had time to figure out how to make a chasen, I probably would.  Wink

So what hand-crafted goodies are you planning this year? 

Brina

I don't really do *seasonal* knits - I hate time frames. Cheesy  But winter projects - I'm working on a sweater for my father and a blanket for the living room that my son has already claimed as "his".  (he's somewhat willing for "ours" but only if we're actively going to cuddle under it).

and I AM going to make a pair of socks for my husband.  I am.  HONEST.  even if his feet ARE insanely huge.  Plus, it makes a good take-along project.
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« Reply #5: December 08, 2010, 12:57:37 pm »

Skittles vodka for my sister

I was just talking about Skittles vodka on a homebrewing list I frequent.  I'm equal parts intrigued and horrified.  Cheesy  I am seriously considering making some booze bears for New Year's Eve.

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« Reply #6: December 08, 2010, 02:22:42 pm »

You know, I should get back into calligraphy.  I haven't done it in years, and people love framed quotes and the like...

Mom is putting some photographs of the Texas landscape (well, Hill Country landscape) and the vellum with the verses on top. It's really quite a nice gift idea for people who want a gift with handmade elements, especially if you shoot the photos yourself.
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« Reply #7: December 08, 2010, 05:51:09 pm »

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and I AM going to make a pair of socks for my husband.  I am.  HONEST.  even if his feet ARE insanely huge.  Plus, it makes a good take-along project.
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« Reply #8: December 09, 2010, 07:17:21 am »

I'm currently knitting away for the holidays.  Gotta finish a lace wrap I'm making for my mom, and a couple pairs of socks (one for my mother-in-law and one for my dad).  Oh, and a blanket for my great-nephew.  And probably a small handful of knit ornaments.  I might also put together a few recipe jars...I'm thinking orange/vanilla scones and some sort of butter cookie.  The only thing I'm buying outright is a matcha tea set for my son, who's fascinated with Japanese culture.  If I had time to figure out how to make a chasen, I probably would.  Wink

So what hand-crafted goodies are you planning this year? 

Brina

Apparently now I'm also making a dolly for a little boy - not mine, he's already GOT a dolly!

The ONLY thing this boy wants from Santa is a doll.  His parents are balking, his grandmother (and primary caregiver) is absolutely in favor.  The entire family's poor.

I'm gonna give this boy a dolly. Smiley
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« Reply #9: December 09, 2010, 07:54:48 am »

So what hand-crafted goodies are you planning this year? 

One of the gifts I'm giving to my sister is a painting of her baby, in the womb.  She's due in February, so I'm using her sonogram pictures as inspiration.
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« Reply #10: December 09, 2010, 09:44:17 am »

I was just talking about Skittles vodka on a homebrewing list I frequent.  I'm equal parts intrigued and horrified.  Cheesy  I am seriously considering making some booze bears for New Year's Eve.

Brina

The most excellent part about infusing spirits at home is I don't actually have to homebrew anything!  Wink I wish I'd have heard of booze bears while I was still in college...could've made some parties much more fun! Not to mention not obviously alcoholic! Grin
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« Reply #11: December 09, 2010, 09:46:00 am »


I'm gonna give this boy a dolly. Smiley

All little boys need a dolly! My brother carried around his dolly "Michael" for YEARS- he would drag it about and teach it to hunt and fish, lol! Now he's 18 and claims to not even remember faithful little Michael!  Cry
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« Reply #12: December 11, 2010, 09:14:36 pm »


The only thing I can really "craft" this year is via baking. I don't have any space where I can paint to my whim's desire, so that's out of the question. The only other "craft" I do is writing. Cheesy

I've already got a collection of stuff I want to bake, including throwing myself into the fray of Christmas dinner (which is at my house for the first time in several years). My mom just does stuffing, and doesn't do anything to the bird, so I'm still figuring out what I'm going to add (maybe just an herbal butter under the skin? but then again, my family is butter-phobic so I have a feeling thats not going to work, because all I'm going to hear is WON'T THAT MAKE IT FATTENING? THE MEAT IS GOING TO BE GREASY! uggggghhh). I'm also going to make deserts ~. (A Ukrainian apple cake and hopefully a sweet potato pie.)

For Yule I'm going to bake some bread (a rye sourdough, but I need a recipe) and make my own eggnog (and then probably some for Christmas dinner, too). I'm waiting to hear back from a friend on her gluten-free buttermilk gingerbread, because I'd love to make that too.

I am going to be soooo fat when this season is done. Cheesy
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