My grandparents spend their winter's in Florida now, and Gram didn't want to wait until the end of December to make the trip. For this reason, this year, that side of the family celebrated Thanksmas. We enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner, followed by the family Christmas gift swap, followed by Thanksgiving leftovers for dinner, including fried stuffing! Everyone seemed okay with the idea, so this may be the first of a new family tradition.
This means I get to start early, this year, sharing the handmade gifties I gifted. So here they are.
My cousin got a necklace, but forgot to photograph it...poo. She also recieved some of Irma, my sourdough starter. I built her up to be able to gift 1 1/2 cups of her, and my cousin and her husband were excited at the thought of sourdough bread.
Their daughter looked adorable in the velvet bonnet I made. I used the Angry Chicken pattern, for a baby, as she's 6 months old. It come out perfectly, and Mini and The Baby will be recieving one soon, too. Who doesn't want a cotton velvet lined hat, this time of year. Not only did she look great in the hat, she liked wearing it!
My other cousin recieved a couple goodies. First a pair of wool/cotton pot holders. She's a baker, an amazing baker, at that (oh, the pumpkin whoopie pies she brought..oh!). So with the potholders she recieved an 8oz bottle of my homemade Vanilla. She also received some local popcorn! The potholders were so much easier to make this time, thanks to my fabulous Walking Foot for the sewing machine. It allows you to sew through several layers of fabric without getting the annoying puckering that can occur when you do that with a regular foot. It's the best sewing accessory I ever bought. I'm glad to be reminded of how smoothly it makes the process of making potholders go...it's very helpful when making bibs, too.
Finally, I owed her a gift from last year, since what I was knitting for her became a problem, and I didn't have time to recover. I tried another project that wasn't working up nicely, so frogged it all since the weather was too warm for warm woolies. This fall, I found a pattern that worked up great. A nice bulky, cozy, wool, cowl, adorned with a glass button I made. She lives in Boston, and has short hair, so anything to help keep her neck warm gets a big thumbs up.
I recieved gift certificates for knitting, and book buying. Perfect. Now I'm going to dream, fondly, of the pumpkin whoopie pies, with the cream cheese filling, that my cousin let me take a half dozen home...I'm only going to dream of them, because I'm quite full! But, they are in my fridge for tomorrow. Happy Thanksmas!