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Handmade Holidays 2011



The photos in this post are of me and the girls making homemade apple cider vinegar. This has been on my to-do list for a while and a friend of mine mentioned it the other day, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. I'll post on it again after it's ready, in a few months. Here's the tutorial I read and bookmarked...fyi.  Any of you make this before?


I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!  I am sad to say I didn't get many pictures of the Thanksgiving festivities...except for this ridiculously cute photo of my nephew.


My parents came to town for a quick visit and we all gathered at my mother in law's house.  This was the first time we combined the feasts.  We usually do two seperate ones, but I just felt like we should all be together this year.  It worked out beautifully, plus it meant that I didn't have to do all the cooking/cleaning myself!  I ended up bringing a large salad with an amazing raw cranberry dressing, this cornbread, these rolls, vegan cupcakes, cranberry sauce, and that's it!  Oh, and lots of wine.  I have no idea how I got off the cooking hook this year, but that's cool...I'll take it.




Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner?  I've written and re-written my handmade holidays list a few times.  I think I'm on the final draft.  It's ambitious, but totally doable if I focus.  I am gonna keep my eye on the prize and go for it.  Want to see some of what I'm making?  I can't show it all, because I love surprises and I'm pretty sure some of my family members read my blog.



The apples became applesauce.

I'm making these adorable overalls from The Purl Bee for Baby C.  I got the Euroflax linen in violet and it is gorgeous.  I've yet to start them because I need to go get the right size needles.

For most of the men in my life I'm knitting some funky beer cozies.  There's a lot of patterns out there, but I am using the one from Knitting With Balls.  I am also hoping to whip up a couple simple beanies.

E and F have both requested legwarmers.  This is the pattern I've chosen, but I am not sure if I love the ruffle, what do you think?

Then of course there's a ton of herbal goodies...I'll do a post on those later.  I'm tired.  And full...


The apple peels will become apple cider vinegar.

If I can't get it all done I have a few Etsy fallbacks:
Hand dyed Jumprope
Wooden Camera
Doll Stroller (our last one is broken.)

What are you making this year?

This will be ready in 4-6 months...can't wait.

5 comments:

  1. I love all the things you are making. I so wish I could knit. So far all I got going that I'm making (not sure which will and will not be Christmad presents) homemade vanilla extract, homemade baby oil, herbal baby bath (good for any age though) , kombucha SCOBY's, felted acorn ornaments and tutus. Ps- if you have a bed bath and beyond near you, they are carrying a few items from this brand that makes all wooden toys! They had a wooden kitchen set, toy tool set, wooden castle blocks , wooden food and wooden pots and pans! Sooo cute! I'm embarrassed to say, my husband bought the castle blocks for our baby who isn't even born yet :)

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  2. well so far i have made 7 hats, i am working on a sweater vest for the baby and (fingers crossed) a Tortoro for my youngest son ( i am sorta making this one up on my own, so here is hoping). i am also going to try and get 4 pairs of fingerless mitts made in the next week or so, but we will see about that. and i also want to make one of those fishing games with felt fish and a magnet on the pole. and possibly a game similar to "headbanz" but we will see. lol

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  3. I so wish the people I make for would wear hats or something easy but none of them do such things it seems. Even here in MO. I am sooooo behind but that's pretty much my normal. lol. Your breaky boards, however, are nearly done. :) I'll have them in the mail by friday.
    Yeh, not sure on the ruffles either. I'd prob skip them if I was making them for my granddaughter - and she's a girly girl. lol. Maybe if they weren't so "heavy"?
    I would love to learn more about herbals - but that's too much for my brain, and time, right now. Looks like you have lovely projects in mind - <3 the KWBalls book lol! Happy knitting!

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  4. Carissa - Thanks for the tip!

    Momto5 - Ok, you are ambitious girlfriend!!

    Robin - Can't wait for the boards! I'm making one with ruffles, one without for the pickier of the two.

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  5. Awesome that the leggies came out great! Might have to make some for Madysen; she started ballet class recently. :)

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