A Year of Hand Made Gifts

March 15, 2010

Some times we get caught in a web we weave all on our own. I knitted such a tangled web for myself in 2009.

I promised myself to give only self-knitted/crafted gifts to my family. Sounded like a fabulous idea in the beginning. It would have not been a difficult promise to keep; if I only had smaller number of people to knit for.

Save for my two brother-in-laws and my best friend, I knitted for every one else, including a non-family-member, in 2009. How many gifts, you ask? Lets count them…

1.  February> A top-to-bottom seamless cardigan for my sweetheart of a husband, Soheil, for his birthday.

2.  April> A shawl for my lovely mother-in-law’s birthday.

3.  April> A cardigan for my cute nephew- Arman’s 5th birthday. (self designed)

4.  May> An evening bag for my sister #2, Parto, as Mother’s Day gift. I lined it and sewed another bag out of the lining silk material as a case or second bag. (self designed)

5.  May> A Needle Case for my sister #1, Parisa, as Mother’s Day gift. (Self designed)

6.  May> Infant Bolero Jacket for a neighbor’s grand daughter. (Self designed)

7.  September> A felted large bag/tote for Parisa’s birthday. I knitted and lined a small wrist bag to go with it. (self designed)

8.  September> Hat, gloves & Cowl set for my little brother- Reza’s birthday. (self designed)

9.  October> Headband for my fantastic niece, Roya.

10. October> A cape for Roya’s birthday. (self designed)

11. December> A tunic for my fabulous little niece- Neda’s birthday. (self designed)

12. December> A cardigan for Parto’s birthday- still ongoing.

As challenging as it was to keep my promise, the bright smiles and heartfelt thanks made it all worthwhile.

However, I would like to make 2010 more about myself and knitting smaller gifts. I do not have anything to wear of my own making. As soon as I finish my sister’s cardigan (whenever that might be), I will make something for moi… Any ideas?

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3 Comments for this entry

  • PKK says:

    I agree with Parisa. I’m thankful for the gifts you made for me and my girls and patiently wainting for my birthday present from last year. As Neda would say, “I’m getting old over here”.

  • Parisa says:

    Wow! You have accomplished a lot. Making gifts is definitely a lot more work than ordering a gift card. The pictures don’t do justice to the final products. I for one love my hand-made gifts.

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