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A Handmade Holidays Question and a Book Giveaway

We keep hearing that a lot of gifts are going to be handmade this year. What are your plans? Please take a moment to answer our Handmade Holidays "Questionnaire" below (leave your responses in the Comments section).

*Are you making more handmade gifts this year than you have in previous years?

*Please tell us something about the gifts you're making.

*What is the title of one STC Craft book that you'd like to receive as a gift this year?

On Friday, December 12 at 3PM, we'll pick 5 people at random from the list of responses and send each one the book s/he requested. To see all of our books, click here (and be sure to flip through all 6 pages). Thanks!

(Photo above by Susan Pittard from Handknit Holidays)

Reader Comments (967)

1. Yes, I am definitely making more handmade gifts this year. Normally, each year, I like to do as many handmade gifts as possible for fun but this year it's more of a necessity to create homemade goodies.
2. My daughter is only 3 months old so I made her a few felt rattles and her own set of wooden blocks. Other members of my family are receiving personalized coffee cozies (the sleeves you put around a hot cup of coffee/cocoa) in their stockings and you I've started to put together multiple gift baskets that will include homemade cocoa, cookies, biscotti along with some small handmade surprises.
3. Book title: Alternacrafts!

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I am making about the same amount of gifts by hand, mainly because I have generally given handmade gifts in the past, so the list is already established. The buttoned neck scarves in a variety of patterns are the main gift this year. For people not on the direct gift list, I make and send handmade cards of some type.

Often, however they are Epiphany or later cards because I don't get them done in time. Haven't started yet. Haven't gotten "the IDEA" yet. The list is about 80 long, so the making takes time.

I would love The Gentle Art of Domesticity if this happens to be selected, but even if it is not, it helps to get the intention out there into the world.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjordi waggoner

1. I'm making more small gifts than I ever have before - usually I stick to one ambitious project.

2. I'm making a basket of warm things for my parents to wear when they take their new puppy for a walk. Some basic things in basic yarns that will keep their fingers and necks and heads warm, but that no one will cry over if the puppy gets to them!

3. Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts (I WILL learn to sew this year!).

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Yes, definitely making more handmade gifts this year. I'm trying to knit and sew from my stash, too. I'm knitting socks for my sister and fingerless gloves for my husband and will probably sew some reusable grocery totes for other family members. The STC Craft book I'd most like as a gift is Zakka Sewing!

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKim U

1. I am making about the same as previous years. A couple of years ago, I crafted a bunch, and no one seemed especially happy with their gifts, so now I only craft for those that appreciate it.
2. I am knitting a fair isle project for my step-sister (fingerless gloves) and I am contemplating making a quilt for my mother, per her request.
3. I would love to get a copy of the Alabama stitch book.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterchrista

1. Yes, I am making more handmade gifts this year, but probably because I have a bit more time, rather than out of necessity.

2. Embroidered pillowcases for my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, new scarves for my sister and aunt, a knitted dinosaur for my three-year old son, and some knitted ornaments for family friends.

3. Book title: Loop-d-loop.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkrystina

1. I'm making 5 handmade gifts this year, which is about the same as usual.
2. The most elaborate is a lace shawl for my mother. The others are one-skein projects--neck warmers and hats.
3. Zakka Sewing!

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

I'm feeling kind of scattered this season, but I always make two or three gifts. This year I'm keeping it really simple by knitting stretchy little roll top ankle socks to use as gift card envelopes. They are colorful and I think they will be appreciated. I'd like a copy of Weekend Knitting - to provide inspiration for next year.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia

1. I'm making more handmade gifts this year than I usually do. Everyone on my list is getting at least one handmade item. Most people on my list are getting all handmade items.

2. I'm making: soap, bath salts, granola, nut brittle, a teapot cover, a quilted bird mobile, and tree ornaments. I'm most excited about the quilted bird mobile--a series of quilted birds in greens and blues mounted on hanging twigs collected from around my apartment.

3. Book: Last-Minute Fabric Gifts

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

- I started early knitting gifts in the summer, so I'm handing out slightly more handmade gifts this year.
- Dishcloths I knit are acting as stocking stuffers, I'm sewing a purse from Angry Chicken's book for my best friend, and I've bought some handmade cups for another friend through Etsy. I still plan a trip to the One of A Kind show for a few other last minute gifts.
- Knitalong!

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllie

I always like to make handmade gifts, so I'm not sure I'm making more than usual. My twist this year is that I'm trying my best to make them from materials that I already have on hand. I've got so much knitting/sewing/paper supplies already.
I'm knitting some birds nests with felted robins eggs in them -- these are meant to be Christmas ornaments, and are for my siblings. I sewed a stuffed cat, and I'm knitting a baby hat. I'm planning to knit a shawl. Maybe sew some of those adorable little birds from Last Minute Patchwork Gifts for more ornaments. Probably give some handspun yarn to the knitters on my gift list. Make earrings or necklaces for my nieces. I'll probably just keep making things until I run out of time!

Would love to get a copy of The Gentle Art of Domesticity.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterA Crafty Lawyer

1.Yes! I was a novice knitter last year, so the only person who got anything handmade was my goddaughter, who received a scarf for her, a matching one for her doll and a knitted snake.
2.This year, I’d started early and made a bunch of tiny stockings for wrapping already. My boyfriend is going to get a cabled hat and scarf set. My sister is getting a hat and some socks. My goddaughter is getting mittens.
3.I would love a copy of “Handknit Holidays”.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

*Are you making more handmade gifts this year than you have in previous years?
Yes, I am definitely making some more handmade gifts this year. Perhaps my skills are improved, but I also feel that they'll be more appreciated.

*Please tell us something about the gifts you're making.
I'm making fingerless gloves, cowls, scarves, dishcloths...among others!

*What is the title of one STC Craft book that you'd like to receive as a gift this year?
I'd love to get "Weekend Knitting." I've heard it's fantastic!

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

Yes. I usually just make holiday decorations and bake. Then buy gifts. I'm going to make a scarf for a friend.If all works out in time. The book I want this year is Custom Knits.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMel

1. Yes, for economic reasons, I plan to make more gifts this year.

2. I plan to make nicely packaged baked goods for most people and knitted or sewn items for select friends and relatives.

3. I would love a copy of KnitKnit


December 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteredina

I making about the same number of gifts as I did last year, because I am only making gifts for people that will appreciate them. I'm sewing a lot more of my gifts than in years past, though (rather than knitting), because it's less time intensive. I'm sewing aprons, table runners, place mats and quilts. I'm knitting cowls, mesh bags, hats and 1 sweater. I'm also baking a lot of cookies as gifts, and my daughter painted salt-dough Christmas ornaments as gifts for family.
I would love to receive the Alabama Stitch Book.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara R.

I'd love to make more handmade gifts this year, but as a new mother I simply won't have the time to make any, i have so many projects to complete around the house for my daughter and I'll be focusing my spare time on those.
I usually make knitted items, socks and lace scarves or shawls, but have been learning to sew and will certainly include more sewn gifts in the future.
I'd like a copy of Printing by Hand.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMzTallulah

1. I'm making more handmade gifts than ever this year - pretty much for everyone but the kids.
2. I'm making "Nordic House Ornaments" (from Orange Flower blog) for many and making calendars featuring my girls' art. - oh, I'm also making Oreo truffles and Christmas cards!
3. I'd love Last Minute Patchwork Gifts.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie O

I am making fewer gifts this year because my husband's family has agreed to a book exchange (everyone gets everyone else a book) and my mother needs a swift. Normally she buys things she wants/needs but this is an "extravagance" that she has not allowed herself.

Normally I don't see my sister for Christmas but she will be around this year. I think I'll be giving her my schezerade stole that I just finished. I don't know if it is her style but I think she will be appropriately appreciative and careful with the lace.

There are a lot of books that I think I will be buying in the new year. The one that I hope to get, but doubt that I will is Handknit Holidays. I drool over the aran tree skirt for weeks at a time.

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCatie Phillips

*Are you making more handmade gifts this year than you have in previous years?
We're actually making fewer handmade gifts this year. Last year, we made all of the gifts for family and friends and it was really exhausting. It became such a production, that it took a lot of the joy out of making things for people. Also, we came to learn that not everyone appreciates a handmade gift. (Weird, huh?) So, this year, we're limiting handmade gifts to people who will really enjoy them and making them items that are more special.

*Please tell us something about the gifts you're making.
Aprons, handbags, hand screen printed T-shirts and baby items.

*What is the title of one STC Craft book that you'd like to receive as a gift this year?
I would love to receive "The Gentle Art of Domesticity."

December 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
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