Thursday, July 26, 2007

Gift ideas, anyone?


Barbara's post about knitted gifts got me to thinking. This is the time of year when I like to get a start on my Christmas list. I don't have a very long list -- mainly my husband, his parents and two nephews. I think I'm going to make my FIL a really nice pair of socks out of some very soft, strong yarn. I just have to find that yarn!

I'd really love to make my MIL something too. They live in Texas, so wool sweaters are out of the question. But a cotton cardigan might go over well. Has to be casual, as she is not a dressy person. And lightweight. Any ideas for yarn or patterns -- or other suggestions?

What gifts have you made that went over well in the past? What are you making this year?

9 Comments:

Blogger Kenyetta said...

I have made baskets with homemade soaps and wash cloths, hats, scarves, etc. I think this year I will be making kitchen sets.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Cindi, if you're looking for some gorgeous cotton(y) yarn, go immediately to Elann, click on What's New in the upper lefthand corner and feast your eyes on the blowout bag sale of Gedifra Beauty Cotton, one of many, many fabulous cotton yarns they have available.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

oooh, Barbara, that's an awesome sale. And the yarn is gorgeous. So here's my questions -- would one bag be enough for a cardigan, or should I order two? I don't have a pattern yet but want to take advantage of that great price.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I've made socks, scarves, cross stitch thingys, beaded items (bead lace netting around ornaments or vases, plus jewelry)... Lots of things.

No idea what I'm doing this year. Don't remind me. It's time to start thinking about it again, and I don't wanna. I'd much rather knit for myself right now.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

I hear you on knitting for yourself, Nicole. I'm going to finish the cardigan I'm making for me before I start anything else for anyone else.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Cindi, I think two bags would probably be a good idea. 930 yards just doesn't sound like enough to me for a long sleeved cardigan. My yarn philosophy is Better Too Much Than Too Little . . . which is why I've ended up with yarn taking over the house!

9:02 PM  
Blogger georg said...

Last year, everyone got an embroidered T-shirt with a thoughtful saying. A few years ago, my fav niece and nephew got Slytherin and Griffyndor wallhangings.

This year, my brother's oldest will get a quilt. My sister-in-law said, "Make it NASCAR." I'll do nothing of the sort. I'd not enjoy making it. I want it to be something that will last him through college.

7:00 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Oddly enough, fun fur scarves were loved and appreciated. As well as cotton dishcloths, a couple of shawls (one worsted yarn Faroese pattern, another lace weight Kiri) and socks. A few baby blankets. (I've been told that one became "the" blankie that had to go everywhere.)

11:08 AM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

I loved hearing about everyone's gift ideas. I have made quilts for everyone, beaded jewelry for the women. One year I made western shirts for the men that were a big hit. I odered the Elann yarn for a cardigan and am on the lookout for a pattern I like. And I'm going to go with socks for my FIL. I'm thinking of duct tape wallets for my nephews -- with money inside of them.

3:33 PM  

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