It’s the time of year when all crafters start to really stress: Oh my goodness, I forgot about so-and-so, and I will totally need to make them a present because they’ll be making one for me. Oy vey, I forgot about that nephew, who I promised a crocheted blanket back in July. Holy guacamole, how am I ever going to finish 12 pairs of fingerless gloves for the cousins on top of everything else?
My secret is to just buy things from Etsy: same great homemade feel, none of the work. Or, I give most people nothing. I know, it’s terrible – but I have a huge extended family, and I’d rather rotate my focus to a few people annually, so I can make them something special, rather than make one throw-away gift per person. This year I’m so focused on making things for strangers that I’m pretty sure I won’t be making any presents for my family and friends. Think I can get away with saying “My presence is your present?”
No matter what your gift-giving strategy is this year, here are a few projects from the HiJB archives that would make fun and quick presents.
Lego Necklace – we made these for Liam’s birthday party, but they’d be great holiday gifts for a crowd.
Crochet Personalized Ornaments – Who doesn’t love a personalized gift? Some glue, a little crochet thread, a cheap store-bought frame, and you’re all done.
And if you need a gift for your favorite crafters – why not send them some crochet-inspired postcards?
Or this unique banner pattern?
Today’s winner gets a present today, too! Melissa W. was our randomly selected winner and will receive a pair of adult and a pair of child armwarmers. Ann Espo donated this amazing prize – thanks Ann! Her goal is to grow her business so she can begin to hire women transitioning back to their families and communities after incarceration. If you’d like to support her or see more of her wonderful designs, visit opportuknits.etsy.com.
See you Friday where I admit I’m cheating on my crochet with….KNITTING!