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Five Ideas for Handmade Gifts

This week, I’m bringing you 5 hand-made gift ideas to consider for your friends and family.

1 – Hats

Cinioch Hat
Maeve Hat
Chelsea Summer Hat
Baby Rawr Hat

Hats are quick and easy projects and make great gifts. These are some of my favorites that I made so far. The first is a hat I made for my husband several years ago. It is still the most favorite hat I have ever made. Second is a hat I made for my friend Chelsea. She wanted a couple of fun berets for summer. This one has a purple companion and was really fun to make. Number three is a fair isle hat. I love doing color work and since you’re using two yarns for the colorwork part, it’s double-thick and cozy. Finally, a little baby dinosaur hat that’s a mixture crochet (for the base of the hat) and knit (for the spikes). This one can be made in any size from newborn to adult.

2 – Mittens and Gloves

Lynn mitts
baby mittens
Knotty Gloves

Gloves, fingerless and otherwise, as well as mittens are great warm gifts to give. They take a little more time than a hat to make, but that’s only because there’s some shaping involved.

3 – For the Kiddos

Layette Set for Baby Lollypop
amigurumi elephat
Sunshine plushy

For welcoming baby to the world, what could be better than a sweet layette set? A coordinating hat, sweater, diaper cover and booties go together to make an adorable little outfit, suitable for the newborn photo shoot. Soft toys with sewn-on eyes are perfect for littles ones of all ages. For older kids, who haven’t outgrown the love of stuffed toys, getting the perfect gift that matches their interests is easy.

4 – Christmas Stocking

Ian Stocking with Train
Custom Famiy Stockings Bright
Custom Family Stockings - Stripes
Gradient Stocking

These things are so much fun to design and make! I really enjoy getting to know my clients and designing a pattern that fits their personality perfectly. Did you realize that each of these stockings was designed especially for the person I made it for? The designing process is as much fun for me as the knitting process, especially with Christmas stockings! We can work together to make a design that fits your style and decor perfectly.

5 – Housewares

rose medallion crochet doily
Happy Baby Throw Crocheted Blanket
Aran Afghan
Growler Cozy

Knitted items can be functional as will as fanciful. There are practical things such as dish cloths, swifter mop covers and bath mats. Then there are fun decorations such as doilies and knitted flowers. Then there are the bonus combo items, like a pretty knitted afghan with wonderful cabled texture or a bright baby blanket. If you’re a beer lover, you can keep that growler nice and cool with a felted cozy – the possibilities are endless with the design of that one!

Have you thought about having something handmade for a special someone on your gift list? Maybe a hat or mittens, just in case we get cold weather again. Does your family need a matching set of knit stockings, or have you added a family member (or two?) but haven’t gotten them one yet? Are there little ones in your life that would love a little softie? I know it’s only March, but it’s not a bad idea to start thinking about what you might like to do for Christmas. If you have an idea, let’s talk about it and see if we can work together!


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Mama’s and Daddy’s new houseshoes

I like making things. I like making things for people I love. I like keeping the toes of the people I love warm. Some of those warm toes help keep my toes warm.

Dada Shoes Profile

I have notoriously cold toes pretty much all year round. The best Christmas present I’ve ever gotten is a heated mattress pad that gets used from September to July each year. (No kidding. I took it off the bed around the end of July and I’m just about ready to put it back on.) My husband doesn’t have this problem and he’s often my personal space heater. I have a feeling my kiddo is going to be much the same.

Mama Shoes Profile

I made myself a pair of felted slippers early this summer so I would have them ready when it got cold again. I used some Lion Brand wool I had laying around, I don’t even know what type except that it was wool, it would felt, and I had enough of it. They were so easy to do, I asked my DH if he would like a pair, too. When he’s working from home, his desk sits in front of a window and right over a HVAC vent. It gets a little chilly there. With both of us having warm houseshoes, maybe we’ll save a tiny bit extra on the heating bill this year.

Mama Dada

He picked out the colors – a deep, rich purple and a nice chestnut brown. The pattern is made with the yarn held double, plus a double layer sole, so when they have been felted, they are super thick and cozy.


There’s a children’s version of this same pattern. I do believe the Jellybean needs a coordinating pair of slippers.

Shoes Together


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