I'm one of those people who hates the expansion of the holiday season. I am. I hate that Halloween - my favorite holiday - is practically ignored, that Thanksgiving is raced past, and that the malls have Christmas music playing in October. I hate that people and stores put up their decorations earlier every year. I hate that other holidays, just as important to many people, even more important to some, play second, third, heck 14th fiddle to the winter holidays, mostly Christmas. I like to enjoy them all.
That said, for those of us who make gifts, we definitely need to start before Thanksgiving. Especially if you're a knitter but not a speed knitter, which I'm not. Especially if you've got pre-holiday gift giving events, which I do.
I've got a few gift exchanges this year, so I'm already planning my baking and my gifts.
The first is a good, old fashioned Yankee Swap, in some circles known as a White Elephant exchange. It'll be all women, so I know I can go feminine, but I have no idea who's getting my gift.
So I went with a scarf. Who can't use more scarves? I found this gorgeous wool/acrylic blend yarn in colors that'll go with anything but fire engine red, and got to work on a nice cable knit.
And I did my first-ever fringe, too!
Folded it nicely, wrapped it with ribbon, and then I just needed a pretty gift bag and some tissue paper.
Hope it's a hit!
Then there's the gift exchange at work (the day job). I will be getting a name to gift to in advance of our office party, but waiting for that would slow me down too much. So I've gone with a neutral fisherman's wool for this one, in the same cableknit pattern.
Catimus felt inclined to assist. By sleeping.
Still working on this one, and I'll post when it's done. If it turns out it's for one of the women in the office, I'll add fringe. If not, it'll be all done.
Then for a third gift exchange, I'm not knitting. I bought some fun things for my recipient, but I do have one handmade item planned for her also ... not telling what yet, though! Stay tuned, and you'll see.