Thursday, November 3, 2011

has it started yet ?

i've not posted for long here and well, nothing is new, i still crochet shawls, wristwarmers & scarves... but this weekend as i finished sewing the halloween costume my 12 yo daughter had ordered, i just awoke to the thought it was time to start my little handmade Christmas presents !
over the years, i am more and more aware of who to make things for, and who will not care (for these last my hands can rest). i usually write a list ahead of time with a few gift ideas next to each name. it isn't about how much you make or how big, but how pertinent the gift will be and how much love you put into it, is it ?!
i started gathering some crochet links (click to go to the pattern page) these past two days and would like to share a few ideas (most of them being quickly made, it shouldn't be about skipping your beauty sleep, right ?) that might come as a reminder to you, or that you may have not come across yet.

stars, snowmen, christmas stockings, an afghan with sleeves...

3D stars in the colors of your choice 

a moustache for small ones & older ones to have fun on christmas day

some pretty hangers that you could pair with a jar of homemade laundry detergent & wood pegs

a hook case for your fellows crocheters

a flower frame with the photo of a loved one (or several small ones as tree ornaments)

two love birds, on a pretty branch as a mobile for some new fiancés ?!

a reusable grocery bag for the farmers market

a hearts & flowers table runner

a set of mini storage baskets, maybe wrapped with small craft supplies

some votive candles covers (i want to make these using hemp, linen or a matt cotton !)

a slouchy hat

some scalloped bracelets (& some beauties/make-up supplies for your favorite teen girl)

some tulle dish scrubbies (along with a jar of homemade & some nice tea-towels ?!)

and some slippers, of course !

that's all for today... i was wondering... wouldn't it be nice if we could all share a few handmade ideas for some pre-Christmas crochet inspiration during this month of November ?


  1. what beautiful mitts on the first photo! this is due to a hook?

  2. Thank you for featuring my votive cozy! You have listed some really fun things. I am looking forward to looking at your blog some more!

  3. Світлана : thank you. yes they are crocheted. it is a single crochet pattern.

    NW Nature Nut : they're brilliant ! love them & want to make some for gifts but also for our house !

  4. Hi, what a lovely post Valerie! Thanks for sharing. I'll check out your links to gather some ideas for gifts this year. It is never too early to start and yes, one must not lose their beauty sleep just to frantically finish the gifts. I plan to make some football shaped (in the center square type washcloths) in my brother-in-laws fav NFL team colors for part of his gift and that's the only thing I have planned so far! If I get started soon I can post about it here. Thanks again for the inspiration.

  5. Wish I could crochet like you!
    All your creations are just beautiful!!

    My best friend does and she's here. will ask her to visit you for sure!

  6. annielizabeth : thank you for the nice comment ! just loved that you shared that idea ! we all have football fans in our relatives or acquaintances. i'll be curious to see your washcloths, please post a pic if you can :)
    do you use some cotton when you crochet washocloths ?
    happy crochet to you !

    Bharathy : thank you (blushing ;P) but actually I'm a quite recent crocheter (a couple of years). I'm off to visit your friend's blog... always exciting to discover a new blog with some crochet posts !!

  7. Thank you for the links. Always nice to have some new patterns!