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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)

I'm making about the same amount of handmade gifts as previous years - which still feels like a lot! I agree with Sarah. I've weeded out some people who shockingly don't "get it" when it comes to handmade gifts. So they are now reserved for a few close family members and a couple of friends.

This year I am making double sided aprons with stamping on one side and a wild print on the other, knitting hats, and making candy. I tend to pick a couple of items each year and go into production! It'll be something different again next year.

I would really heart a copy of Printing by Hand by Lena Corwin

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia

There's a child who already considers me Molly Weasley for the quantity of gift knits I've produced. (Mostly hats and scarves.) Why should this year be any different?
I'm very interested in The Gentle Art of Domesticity.(I've already got the knitting books, and I gave the Zakka one to someone who lives close by.) Thanks for the contest.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercandlepick

I like reading all the above! Great ideas! I always give a mix of homemade and bought gifts and don't plan to change it much this year. The gifts always change though I am constantly more aware of making temporary things (who needs more stuff?!). This year I plan to give homemade frozen pierogies and cookie dough to my family (their favorites!), as well as bundles of cards to family and friends. In the past I've made paintings, had my photos framed, made pet toys, made quilts, given millions of cookies, etc.
This is my first time on this site but I'm glad I found it. Tendonitis keeps me from knitting so the Tshirt book and the book about quilts based on time frames really attract me.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersimone

I generally don't plan on making any holiday gifts then, at the last moment, get caught up and makes lots of little things for my kids and my friend's kids. So this year, like always, I have nothing planned.
I have just made a few elephants from Last-Minute Patchwork and will make at least one more before the holidays.
I'm very intrigued by Printing by Hand.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Yes, this Christmas I've dubbed the handmade Christmas. For those who I know would appreciate my handknit items I'm making them. You can pop over to my blog and check out the mittens, slippers and even the votive candles I've used yarn on. I also think I'll hit Etsy to round out my shopping to keep with the theme.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEstella

I am making all my hostess gifts this year - knitted facecloths wrapped around a peppermint fizzy ball is my favorite. Already thinking about who might appreciate knitted socks for next year. I have lusted after "Knitting Nature" for some it.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

Im just learning to sew and am planning to make zippered box bags for family gifts - it will also serve as the wrapping paper - placing small giftcards to their local coffee houses inside of them. Depending on how fast and how well they turn out, I will be making more handmade gifts this year than last. I like Amy Butler's Midwest Modern book.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkristi

I'm making almost all my gifts this year.I have two daughters that are helping me.I usually make gifts and buy presents from etsy,amazon etc..This year my husband lost his job so I'm working through my yarn and fabric stash.

I'm knitting quite a few fingerless gloves,hats and one baby blanket for the newest baby in our family.My husband is making wooden toys for the small children in the family.We will be giving homemade cookies and candy too.

I love the book Printing by Hand.Thanks for the contest!

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura F.

I have always made gifts, but now we have initiated a family-wide handmade theme. For example, my husband transferred all our family videos into a digital format, my daughter organized boxes (decades worth!) of family photos and sorted them into albums and I made dolls out of shrunken sweaters for the two expecting mothers. Even the non-crafters can do something 'home made' by tackling that languishing project they've been meaning to do. Sorting and organizing is as welcome a gift as any - often the most welcome! I plan to make several ribbed neck-warmers (Christa Tegtmeier) out of my stash yarn, aprons out of fabric scraps and quilted/beaded ornaments as gifts. My focus this year is to try and use on-hand supplies for everything. No shopping! For example, I am wrapping my packages in shipping materials I have received throughout the year. They'll be lots of bubble wrap with silver ribbon under the tree.
I would enjoy the Gentle Art of Domesticity.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Definitely hitting the handmade gifts with extra diligence this year. Lots of candy and cookies will be given out. Knitting has been pared back some though because time is at a premium.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeide

Yes, I am making more handmade gifts this holiday season. I usually make handmade gifts for my co-workers, but am making many for my friends and family as well.

Mainly I am making recycled paper journals from scrap one-sided printed paper and old calendars, maps, wrapping paper, etc (from and cable knit globe ornaments (from Knitting Daily).

How to choose on the book titles!?! I think I'll go with: Greetings from Knit Café

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTessa

1. I'm making more gifts this year because I like to make them for my kids' teachers (cowls this year) and co-workers (hats and mittens) -- and I acquired more of both this year.

2. Cowls, hats, mittens, and scarves -- relatively fast, which is great because I left it to the last minute again.

3. Easy question -- I love Knitting New Scarves!

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGladys

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

Yes. Granted I am only making 3 gifts total this year, that is much more then I have done in the past. Better yet.. They are going to be finished before Christmas! Amazing isn't. ;D

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

I am finishing the last scarf for my friend Andrew, who moved to New York (his family is there) and so I thought hey! He will be cold! Scarf time! Then I also made his girlfriend a scarf too, so they will have matching gifts <3 same pattern, just different colors.
Then depending on time, I may knit up a pair of wool socks for my mother, she has been wanting them since I learned how to knit socks, since her feet are cold at night, so I need to whip those up soon, regardless if it makes the Christmas deadline. ;P

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

The craft book by STC that I would love to get this year would have to be
Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together
mostly because of the fact that I saw it at my lys and fliped through it at the table and loved how much knitting culture content there was. Also the Tank Cozy was pretty awesome to see. ;D That book would be an amazing gift, and bedside read. :)

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather N

*Are you making more handmade gifts this year than you have in previous years? This is the first year that I am really giving out handmade gifts. I made quite a few gifts this year.

*Please tell us something about the gifts you're making. I knit quite a few items: socks, hats, scarves, even a knit turtle. I also sewed a princess dress for my daughter.

*What is the title of one STC Craft book that you'd like to receive as a gift this year? Knitting nature. There are some really beautiful patterns in that book!

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

I'm knitting a few things and trying to think of other ways to customize gift giving. I really hate it when my friend's kids all say they want cash or gift cards. meh

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertrek

I'm making about the same amount of gifts as I usually do. I have always made things for Christmas.
I'm knitting socks, hats, and ornaments and also sewing 2 baby quilts for the littlest ones in the family.
Last Minute Knitted Gifts would be my pick.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I'm making many more handmade gifts this year. Part of that is the fact that I've progressed quite a bit as a knitter in the past year.
I'm knitting quite a few toys for the new babies in my life. I'm also working on the Branching Out Scarf from Knitty for a friend.

I would love to receive a copy of the book Knitting Lingerie Style.

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAzar

1. I'm not making as many handmade gifts as I usually do since I have had to go back to work. I am knitting & doing finish work for ladies at my lys though.

2. I've made felted clogs for several of my kids, friends, & hubby. I'll be making a few scarves & hats to gift as well.

3. Knitting New Scarves

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Beth

You know, i'm not sure if i am making more this year as i try to make all each year. From knitting, sewing, canning, baking, etc....i'm a geek crafter!

I did a lot of canning from the garden this year...lavendar pear jams, peach salsa, dilly beans... as well as a lot of knitting. new hats for daughters boyfriend (who constantlly wears last years hat), new fingerless gloves, mug cozies ..i am making many gift baskets with assorted handmade by me items...soap, marshmallows & cocoa mix with a mug and cozy etc.

I would love either greetings from knit cafe or weekend knitting (they both look scrumptious!

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTurtle

I am making a lot more gifts this year. I usually only do one or two for my sister or mom, but this year I am branching out! Just learned to knit over the summer and I am doing a lot of that for Christmas (handwarmers, scarves and shawls) along with other sewing projects (purses and project bags). I love making my gifts and with money tight, I have been able to cut some costs and put all the love and dedication that goes into handmade gifts into my Christmas this year! I would love a copy of "Bend-the-Rules Sewing"!

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
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