The holiday season brings a flurry of events that keeps each of us scurrying and hurrying to finish everything on our lists. This year, I have tried to keep my hurrying to a minimum. My shopping has been limited, to save on trips that waste precious gasoline. Not to mention, I don't like the crowded stores and shopping malls. Instead, I have stayed home stitching up gifts. I may have bitten off more than I can chew, although this isn't new for me at Christmas. When my children were young, I spent many years stitching up all kinds of gifts. Mostly this was for financial reasons, when I was in college. I would spend the 2-3 weeks off at the holidays sewing, with my Singer taking up the dining room table. I stitched together Christmas dresses, ornaments and gifts, staying up late to finish everything.
This year, I have revived the handmade gift-giving. This week-end, I finished a fleece hat, scarf & glove set for my younger daughter. Yesterday, I crocheted beaded socks for my granddaughter. I hope to make more of these over the next few years. They are so simple and I'm sure that she will love them.
Doesn't it make you want to stitch up a pair to give away? I used mini pony beads and crochet cotton, making two chain stitches before attaching a bead in the chain, followed by two more chain stitches, with a slip-stitch along the sock edge. I counted the rows of ribbing to determine how far apart to space the beads. After completing the beaded row, turn the cuff down so the beads dangle. Very sweet!
The hand-made gifts continued tonight, as I cut out four flannel PJ pants. I have already made three pants, which I personalized with a large initial on the right thigh. Six of the pants will be for the same family and I wanted to make sure that the gift was unique to the person. No mixing up these flannel pants in the laundry.
I enjoy making gifts for others. The best gifts are always those with a little love stitched in. What are you stitching up for Christmas this year?