Handmade Christmas Gifts

Now the holiday season is officially over (come on, who still has their decorations up?!) I can finally share some of the gifts I made for Christmas presents.

2012 was the year I went crazy for crochet, so whilst in Canada I visited Michael’s and stocked up on yarn. G had given me birthday money to spend  specifically on crafty items abroad!

I’d seen a lovely pattern on the blog Sew Chatty for a one skein infinity scarf, so decided to go crochet scarf crazy. You can find the pattern in Elizabeth’s Etsy Store. I changed colours each row which wasn’t in the pattern, so I hope she wont mind my modification! Had to keep the one second from the right for myself though hehe!

The repetitive pattern was so good for my relaxation. I remembered to do some regular stretches to prevent my neck strain which usually triggers my migraines.

Crochet Infinity Scarves

I also took my granny squares blanket on the plane as Air Canada allowed hooks and small scissors HOORAY! I think the check-in lady thought I was a bit mad when I told her I was so happy I’d be able to crochet on the plane. I was particularly happy when the entertainment system failed for 5 hours and we couldn’t watch any films. I made so many squares!

I also spent some Christmas time teaching Lauren  how to crochet and she was awesome at it! It’s so satisfying helping someone learn and seeing the ‘click’ moment. We each made two of these crochet headbands/ear warmers from this pattern on Etsy. We found some lovely aran yarn from the Martha Stewart range on sale.

Crochet Headband

When in Canada we stayed with Lauren and Aaron who have recently moved to Vancouver. Before they settled, they travelled from East to West across the country. I thought for Christmas it would be cool to get them a vintage style map and embroider their  route. I LOVE paper embroidery. Here’s how it turned out:

Embroided Map of Canada

Embroided Map of Canada

We had it framed and veerrrry carefully packed it in foam to take across the seas. Luckily it arrived in one piece and they loved it. (The map print was from art.com if anyone is wondering).

I made tons more presents but I wont bore you with more today, except to share some more pillows I made from my favourite knitted cushion pattern! I have made 4 of these now.

Knitted Cushions

What did you make as Christmas gifts this year? Link in the comments below if you have blogged about your makes!

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