Winter is upon us and the holidays in December are around the corner. Many people have gone out shopping for gifts on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and sat home or hit the stores on Cyber Monday searching for the perfect gift to give their loved ones.
Others who stayed away from the crowds, madness and sales that have just passed may be wracking their brains and feverishly working towards finding the right holiday gift.
It is hard to imagine a better gift than a handmade blanket. Whether they are hand sewn, knitted or crochet, they are the perfect gift. They are cozy to snuggle or with and great for keeping you warm on cold evenings.
Things you’ll need:
- Crochet hook or knitting needles
- A friend or relative
- Flea market or craft fair vendor
These blankets can be made in all sizes, color and designs. From a receiving blanket a new Mother can carry with her, use to swaddle her newborn in or crib size to cover her child in the evenings. They make a wonderful addition to sitting in front of a fire or even a television. The more yarn you have and time to work the blanket determines its size. Imagine a lap blanket for the car. Use it for those long road trips visiting relatives or driving back to school from a break. Everyone has different size beds ranging from twin to full, then queen and even king.
Pick up a pattern, some yarn, either knitting needles or a crochet hook and begin your project. The more you practice the better the finished product and the faster you can work the yarn into fashioning a homemade blanket.
Not talented, still nothing to worry over. Around this time of year many crafters are out showing off their wares. They sell them at craft fairs and flea markets. Many even take orders. Half the cost down for the blanket to cover the yarn expense as well as allowing the pattern to be chooses and the color to be picked as well as the size needed. At a given time they will call you to advise when the blanket is completely finished. The balance is then paid and the item can be picked up, dropped off or mailed out.
Sometimes they are even wrapped prior to shipping or delivering to the customer. I know, for I have done this at many shows and fairs as well as word of mouth of referrals. During the fall season many vendors are out and about. All you have to do is located the one closest to you, find a friend of a friend, an internet acquaintance that you feel you can trust and finally there are your relatives. There is always one family member who was lucky to be taught this wonderful craft.
Why not go out and find that pretty, warm and comforting handmade blanket and make someone happy. Know what it will feel like yourself when you see a loved one cozy, warm and snuggled in your gift. For these are gifts, that keeps on giving year after year.
Thoughts to ponder:
- Start slow and be patient.
- You won't become a pro overnight.
- Practice till it comes out right.
- See a relative or friend for assistance.
- Purchase one from a vendor.
- Don't give up on yourself
Give a Christmas or holiday gift that’s homemade not just with yarn but with love!
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