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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

yarn along

Last week I was so happy to read about other people thinking about Christmas knitting!  And then over at Simple Kids, Kara Fleck talked about how she wanted to get started on the handmades for her kids for Christmas.  I thought I was good to go, Christmas, here we come!  Then I sat down to make my lists...and nothing happened.  Not one blasted idea came to mind.

Of course, I have the hats that I do every year.  I always plan on those being a Christmas gift...and they are, I even wrap them up to open on Christmas morning.  Although, they typically have been wearing said hats for about 6 weeks before Christmas...hmmm.  But, after that, I am at a total loss.

Typically around this time I have a whole host of ideas, and a folder full of Christmas planning, but not this year.  And I'm not sure why.  I think last Christmas I was completely burned out.  I tried hard to make everyone's presents instead of buying.  It gave me a lot of stress I probably didn't need, but I really do enjoy giving handmade gifts!

So, what now?  Well, I need some ideas.  And I am hoping to find some today at the Holiday Kids Gift Craft-along.  And also of course from the yarn along today!  I would love some suggestions for kids gifts, as well as what you give to extended family during the holiday season.


As far as what I am knitting.  I am still knitting a scarf for my mother's helper.  I got quite a ways in last week using the yarn that I originally selected, just to spot a different yarn that I wanted to use instead...so I started it over again.  Still a dark purple, but this is more textured, and I thought it would be a nice yarn to use for a scarf.  I'm actually thinking that I will use this same type of yarn for a hat for Emma.  It is really soft, and she loves purple - which is why I think I have so much purple in my stash of yarn!

And on the reading front?  I have been reading a lot of romance novels of late.  Some that I have enjoyed recently are Gabriel's Inferno, Gabriel's Rapture, and Slammed.  I think that I am just trying to find stuff with a nice and neat happy ending, especially with all the news that I listen to and read throughout the week.  Sometimes I think that I should just shut the news off entirely, be completely oblivious to what is going on outside my own little world...but my constant need for information always seems to sneak back in.

Well, I think I have covered enough topics in one post!  My never-ending stream of consciousness!  Of course, linking up with the yarn along!

18 comments:

  1. The purple yarn is gorgous and it looks soft even in the photo. I think it would make a lovely hat.
    My husband is a news fanatic, I haven't watched it in over a year, I had had enough :)

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  2. I have been trying to come up with gifts for my kiddos as well. Last year I knit them sweaters. The year before I made each of them quilts. Not sure about this year, but I have toyed with hats and mittens. If I think of something grand, I will let you know.

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  3. The same thing happened to me when I sat down to come up with a Christmas list. Unfortunately I'll have all kinds of great ideas the week before Christmas. I guess that's when I need to write them down for the following year!

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    1. Yes! I have that same problem! Although, I am also dumb enough to start those ideas the week before Christmas...it makes for very long nights :-)

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  4. That yarn looks so pretty and soft, she will love it. And I love the felt horse she has over on the Holiday Kids Gift Craft-along! I have to get my list started!

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  5. It's a difficult balance isn't it? I have experienced the burn out from making all homemade presents but also the disappointment of not having made as much as I'd like. I hope you share any good ideas you come across!

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  6. What a pretty colour! I often find I wait too long to start making Christmas gifts and then start cramming the week before the big day :)

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  7. Like the scarf! My yarn along today is also about Christmas knitting - trying to get 3 sweaters done by then for my daughters.

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  8. I need ideas For Christmas gifts as well....thanks for the link! your scarf is looking lovely

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  9. For knitters, it's never too early to start planning Christmas gifts! Your scarf is looking great.

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  10. You could knit scarfs, mittens, socks, make felted hats or felted purses, knit a pretty pillow or make a knitted "stuffed animal"...

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  11. Such great ideas - I have just created a Christmas 2012 notebook and am coming up blank for handmades for teenagers and the men in my life.
    For children I love to make knit balls and dolls.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Timely post. Usually, I try to make one gift a month through the year so that when I reach this point of the summer, I have a little stash already started. This year, I am in the same position you are. I have not a single idea. I have their hats, but I usually give them when it starts to get cold. I think it is because they are growing older...it's hard to come up with stuff they will like...and the fact that we are trying so hard to declutter I'm having a hard time coming up with "things to give". Thanks for sharing that link...I will be going to check it out today for sure.
    On our weekend visit, my oldest son took some good architectural pictures. I might have a few of the best made out as large pictures and frame them...his own artwork as a gift.

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  13. I'm no help at all with ideas - I don't knit!

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  14. Christmas knitting, eep! no ideas here I am far too selfish a knitter!

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  15. I always like to make things for people for gifts, but it can be tricky to find the right thing sometimes!

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  16. I have started Christmas knitting already, hats for my nieces and nephew. There will also be a shawl or two for some lovely ladies in my life. I have seen some lovely felted bowls and think I might do a few of those too!

    Good luck with the planning.

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  17. Please don't tell me that Christmas is coming!!! I will never be that organised (probably helps that our Christmas is in the middle of summer, so no-one expects a handknit...) xx

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