My Handmade Christmas

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This year I went insane. I don’t know what possessed me to publicly declare I was going to do an entirely handmade Christmas and yet somehow it happened. Here’s a definitive list of all the things I made and gifted this holiday season that will hopefully inspire you to gift handmade…

Let’s face it, we all have enough stuff. Whether is proudly on display and something fit for the next episode of Hoarders Next Door or tucked away strategically, we’ve all got more than we need.

I am a giver, and I love gifting more than anything. So this year I decided to only gift useful and handmade items.

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This year saw me releasing a fair few free patterns. One of them being the Orlando Hat. I stitched up a hat a night and ended with 8 in the end for various friends and family members. Such a quick make and great to use up larger scraps and ends of yarn.

While my mother in law was gifted a hat earlier this year, per her request, I made her a scarf (that totally doesn’t match) but is in her favourite colour: pink. It uses the planned pooling technique and I’ll be releasing the pattern and tutorial for the Tucson Scarf later in the year.

Men are more difficult to make for past a certain age, so simple garter stitch knitted scarves and the Lincoln Remote caddy came in handy to save the day. Necks will stay warm and remotes will always be found to hand!

The start of this year saw my friend Lorena and her husband become mine and A’s unofficial tour guides around Sydney. To say thank you- albeit a bit late, I put together a little yarn care package for Lorena, including a lovely handmade Pedros Plaques hook. Well, I didn’t say everything had to be handmade by me, right?

Lorena is Mexican so I threw in all the Mexican stereotypes I could manage- cactus-themed crochet hook, alpaca crochet hook roll, anything vaguely Mexico!

The crochet hook rolls are so easy and can be used as storage for anything, including makeup, makeup brushes, pens, knitting needles, etc. I made a few of these this year as I know how easy it is to let these bits and bobs get disorganised.

For the slightly older kiddos I stitched up some snuggly blankets in Bernat Blanket yarn and they were met with smiles.

My sister-in-law got a matching set of hats for her and her daughter and it was great to see the little ones face light up on her first Christmas. The pom poms were a big hit to finish these off and hopefully they are very Instagram-worthy!

Christian the Cat became the final gift completed for my cat-loving mum who I thought would appreciate a plush doorstop. A bag of rice and some blanket yarn later and Christian was whipped up.

What did you make for Christmas this year? I’d love to see or hear of some easy patterns!


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