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Thursday, December 17, 2009

You all know I've been knitting and crocheting. Well, this week I discovered the knitting looms. Those little plastic doo-dads that you can knit on instead of using knitting needles. Pretty cool.

Now, I don't think these will replace the knitting needles for me. I still enjoy knitting the traditional way, but the looms are pretty amazing. The knitting is much faster using those. I bought one for my granddaughter and she's spent a few days with us and we've been knitting on our looms together. :-) Such fun memories! I made a baby "cocoon" this week and it took no time at all. Then I made a matching bear hat with traditional needles to go with the cocoon. Sooooo cute. I would show you pictures, but my husband is the techie when it comes to that stuff and I'd have to have him do it. :-)

I've knitted scarves and hats for gifts, but I'm not skilled enough yet to make anything really amazing. :-) I know that sometimes when we think of homemade we think of cheesy or cheap. I hope to get good enough one day that people will look forward to my homemade gifts (instead of trying to switch presents with someone else).

What do you think of receiving homemade gifts for Christmas? Do you ever make any to give away?

Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:26 AM  
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At 10:54 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

I'm trying to make most of our Christmas gifts that we give to others. Hopefully no one thinks they're cheap looking or cheesy. :) Most of the married couples will be getting a homemade reusable grocery tote filled with home canned jam, relish, and other goodies.

At 11:26 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I love handmade gifts! My kids still treasure the quilts I made them.

At 12:16 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

If someone would make me a sweater or scarf, I'd love it. IF someone makes me macrame, I'm outta there. I don't home-make things, but I think that surprises no one. LOL

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

That sounds like a wonderful gift, Sarah! I LOVE homemade gifts. Those mean a lot to me because a lot of thought and time goes into them.

I didn't know you did quilts, too, Colleen! WOW! I'll bet they were beautiful. I never progressed beyond a quilted pillow. :-)

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

ROTFLOL, Kristin!!!

At 12:45 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

There's a really easy way to quilt called strip quilting. It's really fast and easy and makes terrific quilts. I'll have to show you my book!

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

There's such a cool knitting shop across from where I write with the gals. I sure wish I knew how to knit, but it doesn't seem like something I'd have the patience to learn and get good at, and I'd want cashmere to work on. Camy is sure good at it, she made these beautiful gloves. I'll have to ask her to teach me one day. I could handmake that I think.

At 4:02 PM, Blogger Barb said...

I put on my Christmas list "the ability to knit." Maybe I should check into those looms. I agree with Kristin - Camy makes some beautiful things.

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Ooooo, I'd love to see Camy's knitted things! So fun! Yes, Kristin, you would love the cashmere! I won't let myself near that until I get better at knitting. I've a long ways to go yet. But I'm having such fun. I really love it!

Colleen, that strip quilting sounds interesting! Never heard of it before.

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

I made quilts for my daughter while pregnant with her, as well as for my younger sister and a niece by marriage who were pregnant at the same time as I. They were very pleased with the quilts and my nephew and niece, as well as my daughter, still have their quilts to this day. To me, homemade gifts are ones given with the greatest of love - a part of the gift-giver.

At 6:58 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

This year, most of my gifts are handmade.

I taught myself how to knit around Thanksgiving, so I've been making scarves. By the time the holiday is over, I'll have made a dozen scarves out of chenille yarn--so warm and cozy.

All the grandparents are getting scrapbooks this year. I've had the albums in my scrap nook for a few years, and now that our oldest is off to college, I'm doing pictures from the last 19 years. Since the books are not finished, I foresee many late nights until Christmas. LOL.

I made word book albums for my friends with pictures of us together. Those were a huge hit.

I adore handmade gifts, especially from my family. Hubby made me a cedar chest one year from old black walnut flooring. The chest is gorgeous. My older son is a fantastic poet and gave me a book of his original poetry. My brother paints and I have one of his paintings. My younger son drew me pictures. My mom crochets and I have her crocheted ornaments on our Christmas tree.

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

OOOh Lisa, I would love any one of those homemade gifts. They sound wonderful!

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

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At 11:56 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

I made quilts for my Mother and my mom in law a few years ago. My mom in law uses hers everyday at the nursing home. She's so sweet. My mom is one of those people that puts up nice things afraid to use them. :0/

I think it might be the same type of quilting Colleen is talking about. You cut all your fabric into strips and then after you sew them all together and cut them with the rotary cutter they're in block pattern. Very easy and pretty fast.

I also like the homemade towels my girlfriend makes me. The kind that they put the crochet tops on and you can hang them on your stove.

I hope to learn how to crochet soon.I want to make pretty scarves for people. :) Wish me luck, Diann.

At 12:07 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Trust me, Sabrina, if "I" can crochet/knit, ANYONE can! :-) (Course, I didn't tell you how well I do it, only that I do it.)

I'll confess right here and right now that I just finished knitting a hat for my grandson that he'll never wear (until he's through college), but his dad will. LOL


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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