As I head into Thanksgiving and the holidays, thoughts about
gift-giving go into overdrive. This year I FINALLY started making gifts
early enough to have something handmade for everyone on my list. Most of
the credit goes to Accessories 2011,
and the fact that those projects started arriving in the office some
time around the middle of June. By the time the issue came out, I
already had completed one of the addictive and quick to crochet Seafoam Shawls that Marcy told you about earlier this week,
and I started a second one with a yarn that I picked up just because it was the favorite color for one of the folks on my list. I have a nephew who is Dino-crazy, so the T-Rex Hat and Mitts are half-way complete.
|The adorable and quick to make T-Rex Hat and Mitts
I have the Fancywork Cloche Crochet-Along
going on right now, which you still have time to jump in on and have
ready just in time for the gift-giving season. And there are various
other bits and bobs that I have pulled from old issues to hook up in
I do think this is going to be my one and only entirely
handmade holidays. The planning stages start so early and the stress level to complete everything on time is so high! But it is satisfying. For me, there's nothing like
giving someone I love a truly personal gift; something that with every stitch I made, I thought of them and their excitement when they opened it. And it's never too late to whip up a quick little something. A lot of the projects in the issue can be worked up in an evening. You still have plenty
of time to hook some for the
folks on your own lists. Seafoam Shawl, anyone?
What about all of you? What gifts have you whipped up this year, and
which ones are you working on now? I'd love to see what you all have
come up with for your loved ones.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
| Seafoam Shawl by Kimberly K. McAlindin
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The issue includes 59 great stash-busting projects. For beginning crocheters, there is a guide to crochet, including a freeform bag pattern great for crocheters of all levels. Small projects let you practice Tunisian, double-ended crochet, lace, intarsia, threadwork, and more. You'll find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.