Times up! Put down your needles, hooks and scissors, hang up your dye pots and spindles. How did you do? Does your homemade holiday list keep getting longer? I’ve been trying very hard to pare mine down to things I really want to make, not things I feel I should make. A lot of projects that I wanted to do, but was way to stressed to make got cut. Sorry folks, you don’t know who you are, but I couldn’t get that much quilting done this year. Fortunately they are on the list for next year and if I start right after the holidays…maybe. How well did I do? I’m not sure. It seems like both a lot and not very much. Here’s a reckoning 3 ways:
1 Holiday Matilda
1 Holiday Washi Dress
1 Polo Shirt-dyed pink for O
1 cape-crocheted for A
These first projects will be posted soon.
1 sweater – a Mouse House Creations Julia cardigan in dusty plum for a friend that was wrapped without a picture being taken. It featured the doubled hem, which I definitely prefer and was the same as the black sweater in this post (but fits my friend far better)
10 0f which are shown here
23 holiday gifts + 1 holiday dress for me
Did I have fun? Yes.
Did I learn something new? Yes, several somethings.
Did I make someone happy? Yes, several someones.
Looking at this, though they are by no means the only ones receiving handmade presents, O and A are clearly the focus this year; a conscious choice I made because these will be some of their earliest holiday memories. I want them to think of the holidays not only (let’s be realistic here) as a time we buy things for people, but as a time that we put our time and effort into doing and making things that will make others happy.