Happy New Year, everyone! I joke that my resolution this year is to lose about 15 pounds in 4 to 6 weeks.
Every year for Christmas, I make a point to give someone I love something handmade. It keeps my procrastination in check, and helps steer me away from the rushed consumer mentality that can easily happen towards the end of the year.
Ever since my three lovely sisters-in-law come into my life five years ago, I've thought it would be fun to make them pseudo-matching scarves or hats or something. I decided this was the year to do it. So I browsed Etsy for ideas, found a cute scarf I liked, bought three colors of pretty wool yarn, and made up a pattern as I crocheted.
Laura's, Jessie's, and Christa's. (I also made them some earrings, which hardly count since they were so easy.)
The look: drapey, skinny, slightly twisty, and knobby on one side. I was very pleased with how they turned out.
I bought some pretty jasper beads well over a year ago, intending to make a necklace for my sister at some point. I finally got around to it for Christmas, and she seemed to actually like them. The top two strands are on the same clasp, and the bottom strand is on it's own clasp, so she even has some options of how she can wear it.
I also gave away a lot of the jam I made last summer, so I was feeling all sorts of domestic this Christmas. Now I have a month before Baby comes, and all kinds of ideas for projects to keep myself busy. I'm over halfway done with her baby blanket, so hopefully I'll get that finished soon.