Both my daughter and I did some crafting this Christmas. An entirely handmade holiday would be too much work, but we always try to sprinkle in soft gifts with the inevitable techy ones.
This cowl, knit earlier in the year, went to my sister:
And this one to my sister in law (who is moving to Wisconsin and will need more luxurious warm things):
My brother in law got a manly, but still silky soft, scarf for his Wisconsin wardrobe:
Hubby and other brother in law got silly mustache cowls:
My nephew got Legos, but my niece got rainbow leg warmers (which looked so tiny while I was knitting them, but are obviously just right on her)!
I found a great coffee cup sleeve pattern on Ravelry that is perfect for all those ends of yarn skeins and knit up a bunch to give to my knit night ladies.
My daughter wanted to make pillows for her girlfriends. She did a great job pulling from both my scrap bins and my regular stash, working improvisationally, to go from her “whiteboard” sketches to finished gifts (we even put the embroidery module on my sewing machine to work to add initials to the backs):
And finally, our tree got a little love. Years ago I made a red tree skirt with Swedish Dala horses which goes great with all our red and folky ornaments, but I’ve been wanting a more frosty looking skirt for the years we hang our icicle and snowflake ornaments. It’s been low priority though. This year I came into possession of four garbage bags of fabric from a woman who passed away. Included was a huge piece of grey wool. Perfect for embroidering a few snowflakes onto and making a tree skirt. When I cut the fabric though, I realized it was full of moth holes. So, I pulled white felt (leftover from Halloween Smurf hats for the taekwondo dojang a few years ago) from my stash, and the dregs of a skein of yarn leftover from the ripple afghan I made a few more years earlier, and voila, every circle covers at least one moth hole if not more. It’s simple stitching, but gets the job done and looks quite nice under the tree I think.
Now it’s time to get back to the regular artwork. Or more knitting…