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Busy busy busy. It has been one of those years with lots of house expenses, vet bills, mechanic bills...you name it. So Christmas is frugal. Which is fine. No one in my family needs anything (when one of your biggest problems is storing your stuff, you don't need more stuff!) and my friends and I happily refrain from gifts. We try to do something together instead.


As a result, I'm making every gift I give this year. And I've already had some trial and error experience I figured I could share her. There is still some time for someone to learn from my mistakes. This is my learning curve at this point.


Knitting. Sticking with practical and useful. I'm not spending enough time on these and see some late nights and unfinished projects in my future.


Some different versions of this scarf. I made one for myself out of Noro in my stash and love it. I love it so much. I'll get a picture of it for the next post. Because I love it. Have I mentioned that yet?


I'm playing around with some fingerless mitts. right now I'm trying the pattern from Weekend Knitting. I don't have complete faith that these will be big enough for the recipient who works in a basement home office that gets really cold in the winter. Here's hoping I don't go down the wrong path for long.


Socks. Mom and Grandma always only want socks. Don't know which patterns yet. Something lacy for Mom since she is in Arizona and something dark and pretty for Grandma.


Sewing. I was doomed to fall into this. I come from a long line of champion sewers. And Amy Butler is an evil woman. I fell for some of her patterns and really think they would be great gifts for some of the family members. Plus I have some beautiful fabric from gifts I was going to make last year. The only things that could spoil these projects are lack of time and the fact that I have very little sewing experience. Almost none. Pretty much limited to Home Ec *cough* 25 *cough* years ago. Curse you Amy Butler! I want all of her fabric too. Actually, I think I want her career...


I'm also baking gifts. I couldn't resist when I found some delicious and easy-sounding recipes at the site that is my new obsession.


Peppermint Bark - I love this stuff and I love what I did to the recipes. I did two versions. Dark chocolate (yum with the peppermint) and vanilla (double yum with the peppermint). Double the candy canes this recipe called for and press them into the chocolate when you sprinkle it on top. Otherwise you go to break it up and the peppermint just falls off.


Rocky Road Candy - oh.my.gawd. this is good. I don't think I have ever bought a bag of marshmallows before but this may be a new addiction. I'm making a second batch. I used peanuts instead of walnuts (I like peanuts better than walnuts) and will probably use more than two cups and I think I will half the marshmallows. Making a kind of hot fudge sundae candy. Very very gift-worthy. Make em big and individually wrap them.


Chocolate Frito Candy - It sounded so...um...interesting, I just had to try it. And it is awesome. Very very good. Kind of fudgy but very rich so I've cut the pieces small and just bagged a few for each gift bag.


Spiced Nuts - seemed like a nice change from all the candy and these are really good. Because they taste pretty strong I just put a small helping in baggies for each gift bag. And by the way, shelled pistachios are $10 a pound! Good gravy!


Microwave Peanut Brittle - I haven't made this yet. Sounds good though. And now I have a ton of peanuts I have to use up (they are NOT $10 a pound).


Really, all this work comes down to giving the gift of time. I've given way too much time and energy to work this year and I just wanted to give something that says I thought of you.