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post-Christmas fun December 30, 2007

Filed under: charity,Christmas,crafting,knitting — Ren @ 4:35 pm

i hope everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and holiday season. i spent Christmas with my family at my grandparents’. i hope it isn’t tacky to show you some of the presents i got… i’m just really excited about them!


  1. a photo collage of my trip to hawai’i last year
  2. a day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom with my best friend (we went december 26)
  3. softies!! (amazon listing)
  4. the boyfriend and i are stocking up on some of our favorites things from childhood
  5. a notebook wrapped in a leather cover… that leather smells SO good. no kidding
  6. wristwarmers from my grandma’s trip to norway in the fall; they are even lined with fleece
  7. a dvd player! (not pictured)

i scaled back on the knitted gifts this year and bought quite a few things on etsy instead. that’s not to say there were no handknit gifts, though!



this is a set of four coasters for an aunt knit with leftover cotton from last year’s dishcloth craze. i knit a fifth one, but after i finished, i realized that i had used size 8 needles on it instead of the 7s i used on the others. oops! the pattern is a modification of mdk’s baby genius pattern that i found here.




my close friends each got a fortune cookie knit with paton’s classic wool in natural mix on 11s. the pattern is here, but if you sneak ahead in the 2008 knitting pattern-a-day calendar, it’s october 20 (i think). i have a collection of fortune cookie fortunes from our regular chinese takeouts, so i used those in the cookies and i found plastic baggies and eurosealed them up to look more like real fortune cookies. i was very impressed by how well the cookies turned out and my friends seemed to like them, too. ^^




this was my largest Christmas undertaking. like i did last year, i made little Christmas ornaments for the residents of a local nursing home that my dad heads a weekly church service at. i was getting really worried about completing this project, since i couldn’t find a knitting pattern i really liked that i could complete fairly quickly. as you can probably tell, we ended up sewing the felt doves and adding little accessories instead of knitting. it worked out really well and i heard that everyone liked them. mom came up with the idea for the doves and how to make them, but i used this template to cut out the doves.


anyway, i hope that everyone has a safe and wonderful new years and i hope to be back soon with the 2007 recap!


11 Responses to “post-Christmas fun”

  1. hakucho Says:

    Looks like you got lots of wonderful presents. Your baby genius burp cloth coasters look fabulous….great use of that pattern. Your Christmas doves are awesome. I’m sure you really made Christmas special for many with your thoughtful handmade gifts.

    Very happy knitting in 2008 :)

  2. Nora Says:

    Love the doves and the fortune cookies – you are such a sewwtheart, Ren.

    Happy NY to you. x

  3. Nora Says:

    Oooops, that should read: You are such a sweetheart… :)

  4. Jason Says:

    I don’t see any pictures of me from your trip last year. :-(

    Hehe, I was just thinking about that trip, cause I was cleaning up and decided to put away all the photos I have to make room for the many books I have. I’ll find someplace to put those pictures — all the beautiful young women in my life. And all with boyfriends that aren’t me…

  5. Missy Says:

    Looks like you had a great Christmas! I love the coasters and doves!!! Great job!

  6. Kelly Says:

    ohhh those wrist warmers are YUMMY!!
    Love the fortune cookie idea! and no doubt all the folks loved those doves they look great!
    Happy New Year!

  7. abe-hap Says:

    those doves are really great – id definitely buy some if i lived near you :) and the fortune cookies are a classic *lol* – Happy new year for 2008.

  8. vlnjodie Says:

    The dove ornaments are beautiful. I love the fortune cookies too! So cute.

  9. Jeanne Says:

    Great coasters – and the fortune cookies are too cute!

  10. Sophia Says:

    What great presents you got! Those fortune cookies are too cute! Those dove ornaments are beautiful too!

  11. rhoda Says:

    the fortune cookies rock! what an awesome idea. and the doves are gorgeous. :)

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