What'cha knitting for Christmas?

I know that it’s only February, but I’ve started my Christmas knitting early. I’m doing a drop stitch scarf for SIL I’m working with size 10.5 needles and using Choo-Choo by Crystal Palace Yarns Straw Into Gold.

Now I need other ideas for the rest of the family. I’m open to any and all ideas. My goal is to knit for one family member/month to spread out the cost and time. Here is the list of people I need ideas for:
FIL: hat ~ in progress
MIL: Throw ~ in progress
SIL#1: Drop stitch scarf ~ completed
SIL#2: Eyelet scarf ~ completed
BIL#1: Cable Knit hat and Key Hole Scarf ~ completed
BIL#2: hat ~ in progress
BIL#3: hat ~ in progress
Nephew: hat ~ in progress
DH: ?
DD#1: ?
DD#2: ?

Anyone else out there working on Christmas knitting?

What about some lacy wristwarmers for the SIL and mittens and hat sets for the guys. Scarfs for the men is another choice. I knitted a scarf for a student that comes through my crossing(I am a school crossing guard) I used the Zurich scarf at NaturallyCaron.com . It is a free PDF download and it can be made for either woman or man. I knitted it using Wool-Ease from Lion Brand. It turned out beautifully and the young man loved it.

Christmas 2010??.. :passedout: That’s a great idea though!

Here’s a few ideas -
coffee mug, beer/soda can- cozies
head bands/head scarf
book cover (could be bible cover if you use them)

There are so many cute felted purse patterns around. I see you have more Male recipients though. Slippers make a good gift for men/boys.

Please let’s not think about Christmas just yet! I drove myself crazy knitting for it last year by starting in June. I just kept adding people to the list, spending more, and not getting anything else done. Small projects are good - one a month is a great idea, knitting only for those you know will appreciate it and thinking of something else (like a card) for those who don’t is another good idea. The toasty toes slippers and neckwarmers are my standbys - fast and something everyone can use.

I can only think of 2 or 3 people that said ‘thank you’ or generally seemed to appreciate the gifts I knitted them last year, so I will probably only knit for them. They also like to point out knitted items they would wear, so I’ll just store those ideas in my head for when I’m ready to think about them again ;o)

I’m hoping to do 10 shawls in 2010 so that also opens up a bunch of gifts for people since I’ll only wear one, the daybreak.

I admire your discipline! I don’t start my holiday knitting until about two weeks before Christmas. But then again, I have about two people on my list… How about felted clogs and/or felted slippers? You could also do market bags, gloves/fingerless mitts, and of course there are always scarves!

Thanks for all of the great ideas. I have one scarf finished and have started on the second one for the second SIL. My MIL really thought that the first one was pretty and that SIL#1 would like it. I’m thinking about a throw for MIL because she likes to take naps in the afternoon inbetween taking care of her aging parents. Her mother has alzheimer’s and her father is diabetic and not very mobile. Her favorite color is maroon so I thought that a nice soft throw would be a nice thought for her. I think that I will try some fingerless gloves for the men.

This is one way for me to justify my need to knit~LOL! It’s cheaper than therapy :roflhard:

Half done with scarf #2~pics to come soon!

Socks always make a good gift. My family love handknitted socks.

I have already knitted two shawls and one scarf for next Christmas. Have many more ideas to go. I want to make hotpads with the letter of the last name of the families I’m making them for…the alphabet pattern. On one side will be the letter and on the other side I’m going to find something the family likes. For example, one family has a beautiful flower garden, so it will have a flower on one side. One family raises horses, so I found a horse head pattern…etc.

Good for you, Brenda! You’ll be so much more relaxed when the holidays come! :think:

Oh Jackie, that’s a wonderful idea. I’ve thought about felted oven mits for some of the chef’s in the family. One year I did dish cloths with the state of TX shape in the middle, my SIL loved them. I wish that I could knit shawls for family members but I don’t think that they feel old enough for them :teehee:

Dishcloths with the state on them is also a very good personal gift. I have daughters in their 20’s and they both have asked for a shawl especially after I told them how nice they are to wrap up in during winter months while watching t.v., or just to run outside to the mailbox. I love trying to personalize gifts in some way. Bookmarks are a great idea too.

Bookmarks are a great idea, thanks!

I’ve picked out the throw that I want to knit for MIL. Now I just need to get the 29" cirs in size 17~YIKES~and the yarn. I want to knit that one up before the weather gets too hot here in Houston :teehee:

Here’s one of the scarves I’ve been knitting for my SIL’s.

This is the drop stitch scarf.

Here is the yarn over scarf for the other SIL.

More pics of the yarn over scarf.

Thank you to my DD Rachel for being my model tonight.

The next C-mas present will be on the needles tomorrow. I’m going to knit a throw for MIL. Size 17 needles~YIKES!:teehee: