Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Creating

It seems like Christmas is creeping up at us at an alarming speed.  Those who live in the United states are celebrating Thanksgiving late this year, that is just confusing me even more.  I seem to think I have an extra week in my calender, and it surprises me everyday when I realize the date.  Today we have exactly 30 days until the big day, I think I am going to need some help.  I still have all the decorating to do, more shopping, wrapping and shipping.  It sounds very daunting when I put it all down into words, but maybe putting it into words will help stop it all from swirling around in my head!

As for the creating, well I actually think I am on target with my holiday goals.  I have really become quite insane, walking around my house crocheting everywhere I go.  I stand in the kitchen and crochet, I read blogs and crochet, I put my feet up in the afternoon and crochet.  I actually spent my entire Sunday afternoon watching pro football I did not even care about just so I could crochet.  If I could clean my house and fold laundry while I crocheted I think I would. 

So for now I have accomplished this.


Fourteen cup cozies are completed, one to go.


All of them have been made from Cascade Yarns, Superwash Paints. I used a H hook and 440 yards of yarn, and frankly ran out of yarn before I could complete number fifteen.  This was stash yarn, so hooray on no yarn expense for these presents.


All I had to do was buy the cups, and a few buttons, and of course some hot chocolate to go in them.
 

I think these will be nice little presents for people I care about, just a little something to tell them I am thinking about them this Holiday Season.
 

Up next is finishing this scarf for Mr. 20 year old.  I bought this yarn last year in Columbus, when visiting him to move him out of his dorm.  Perfect Ohio State colors!  I have enough for one scarf and some fringe.


Now that he is bringing a fellow swimmer home for the Holiday's I thought I would knit him up a scarf, too.  It gets chilly up there in Ohio, especially for a Florida boy.  Too bad I didn't buy more of this yarn when I had the chance.  Well Mr. 20 year old's friend will have to suffer with Lion Brand Wool-Ease.  I am not spending a lot on knitted items for boys who are going to lose them.  

After this I have a shawl to make for a friend and then I think I am done.  I better get busy, only 30 days to go!

How is your creating going?

45 comments:

Bridget said...

Oh Mere, I LOVE the mugs with their cozies and goodies! What a great idea and gift!

And I can only imagine that the Ohio State scarf will be a hit. As for the friend, he'll probably just be blown away that you made him something at all. :-)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ellie said...

Those cup cozies are ADOR-able!! xxx

Marjo said...

Meredith,
The cups are so lovely ....beautiful

Love
Marjo

Elizabeth said...

How wonderful!

Teresa Kasner said...

Meredith, you are one adorable Mrs. Santa with all those handmade gifts! And the scarf is awesome! I hope he won't lose it and has it forever. We are off in a few minutes for our fresh food buying.. and the turkey! I'm so looking forward to Thursday!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)
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Ladybird Diaries said...

The cups and cosies (and hot chocolate!) make such lovely little gifts.
Marianne x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Meredith,
Love all your cozies and cosy beverage!! Great thoughtful gift for those you kind about. You are a sweetie!!
xoRobin

Dee said...

The mugs and cozies are ADORABLE! I bet Mr. 20 year-old will not lose that scarf. It's OHIO STATE colors. He will love it.

RedSetter said...

Hi Meredith, I love your little mug cozies and what a lovely way to give a warm hug to a friend as there is nothing like a lovely hot chocolate. I'm also laughing at you crocheting non-stop

CJ said...

Yikes, are you sure it's only thirty days? That's four weeks! I'm panicking now. I haven't done anything yet. Sigh. Hope you have a good week Meredith, and a happy thanksgiving.

Betsy said...

Hi Meredith,
I'm sure your so. And his friend will love the warmth of their new scarves-and they're the perfect color! Your mug coziness turned out so adorable. I especially like the wooden flower button. :-). You sound like me, grabbing every moment you can to knit and crochet.
Enjoy your thanksgiving my friend.
Blessings,
Betsy

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You make the elves look like slackers, Meredith!! I love those cups with the cozies! So cute. Any news on the MRI yet?? blessings ~tanna

Joy said...

You've done such a tremendous job with those little cup cosies Meredith and they look sooooo good all lined up - well done girl! I've just started on a few of those after being inspired by you, thank you m'dear!
I hope both 20 yr-olds will take care of their cosy scarfs and not lose them - they're well worth looking after, and your son's friend will be so delighted you would do this for him!
So what are you crocheting right now as you read this, I wonder? The last shawl perhaps? Have a great week lovely, warm hugs, Joy xo

Mrs. C said...

The mugs are sooo cute! The secretaries at school would love them! I have four I give to and a couple colleagues. I usually bake goodies and give them those with a little something...this would be perfect! Have a happy Thanksgiving! :) Laughed out loud at "clean the house and crochet"! If only that was possible.... :)

Susanne said...

The pressure is on, each year I tell myself I am going to be early with getting all my stuff done, but here I go again, never enough time to do it all. I think those cup cozies are a nice little gift and whoever gets one will love them. I love the buttons you chose. The scarf is perfect Ohio State colors. Chances are they won't be forgotten, more like they will be stolen by someone who will want it. College kids always have a way with "borrowing" stuff and not returning it.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Karen said...

How CUTE those mugs are! I can't decide which one I like best. I had to laugh at the picture of you crocheting all over the house! Too funny!

Fay said...

I just adore your beautiful mugs! Fabulous Christmas gifts!<3 Fay:)

ColourMeCrochet said...

Meredith I just love your cups and their cosies. What a brilliant idea for a gift. Your sons scarf looks lovely too.
You have done loads and all the shawls you were making in the summer. I must sort myself out and get organised,when I saw your only 4 weeks to Christmas, I suddenly realised it's not that far away.
Sally xxx

Rose Red said...

You have been busy! They look great all together.

I am not doing very much Christmas crafting this year, I have made a start on what I have planned though, so I think (I hope) I will have plenty of time.

(Oh dear, famous last words!!)

EMMA said...

What a fantastic idea the cup-cozy-chocolate presents are.
Hope you get everything done in time. My list 'to do' doesn't seem to be getting any shorter - and only 30 days!!!

gaia said...

Such a lovely idea!The scarf looks great too!

Cari said...

I love reading your blog Meredith !! I can just see you working away, smiling, and having a great time making these sweet gifts for those who mean so much to you. You are such a sweetheart….and an inspiration too! Hugs dear friend and have a simply fabulous Thanksgiving.

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning Meredith, I think it sounds like you are on target for getting ready for Christmas-I just love your cup cozies-they are the nicest pattern I have seen, just so adorable.
Love the colors of the scarf.
Happy Thanksgiving
Kathy

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

It always seems like plenty of time, then woosh it's virtually here! I adore your mug cosies, what a cute idea and loving the buttons you found for them :) xx

kristieinbc said...

I'm super impressed with all the cup cosies you have made! And I think both Mr. 20 and his friend are going to be very happy when they get their scarves. Florida Boy is probably going to be so cold when he gets to Ohio he wouldn't care if his scarf was bright pink and purple. :-)

Claudia said...

Hello, my industrious sister! The cozies, mugs and hot chocolate are the perfect combination. Give my nephew a big and kiss from his Aunt. Give BOTH nephews a hug and kiss. Wait, give my furry nephew a hug and kiss as well. And one for that adorable little Z.

xoxo
Big Sister

Jennifer said...

I love the cup cosies! This is such a great idea. I am sure the whole package will be much appreciated; who doesn't love cocoa, and mint cocoa to boot? Yum. The scarves will be much-appreciated too, I am sure. You are a pretty awesome mom to not only host one of his friends but to make him his own scarf too. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

linda said...

You have been busy Meredith and well done on making so many handmade gifts, they will be loved I'm sure. I haven't really started yet but I don't have as many to make as you, a lot of my friends wouldn't appreciate a crocheted gift so I'm only making for those who will and then something very small just a token gesture really. Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Toni said...

The mugs are so cute!

Babajeza said...

Swiss Miss dark chocolate. How funny! I'm sure people will love the mugs. So nice of you. I would watch any ball game if I could crochet or knit in front of the tv. ;-) Hugs to you and take a rest. Chirstmas is coming anyway. You'd better take it easy and look relaxed and beautiful under the tree! :-)

Ana BC said...

Such a great idea for a small gift, with a special and personal touch.
And the red/grey yarn looks divine! I am sure even the other red will look nice :-)

Penny said...

Love your mug hugs they are great and beautiful buttons too. Really lovely little present to give to someone who is important to you and I am sure they will go down an absolute treat. I am sure your son will appreciate his scarf oh and his friend too. I agree with you about the losing bit, no point wasting money on expensive yarn if there is a high chance of it getting lost! Happy thanksgiving for this week and here's to counting down to Christmas xox Penny

kathy b said...

I just love your Ohio state Scarf and friend of son' scarf!!!

You are doing great with your holiday creating.
IM just working on my vest, hoping to wear it for the holidays!!!

I may knit something for my sister in Minnesota....yet

Nana Go-Go said...

You're such a sweetheart, Mer, for making the effort to make all of those things for all of those people. Everything's just lovely. I'm so behind this year, I don't know why!Happy Thanksgiving Day to you. xxx
(ps Hope the boy heals very quickly and you all have a great weekend together)

Lena said...

I think you are truly amazing Meredith. What a lot you accomplish, and it is always so lovely. These will be lovely gifts

I love your loom idea, and this scarf will be a wonderful gift for your Buckeye. I hope he continues to heal and feels much better soon.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Dear Friend.

xo

Mrs. Micawber said...

If only we COULD crochet and do laundry at the same time!

Your mugs look so cute all lined up with their hot chocolate packets and pretty covers and cool buttons.

Love that two-colour yarn in Mr. 20 Year Old's scarf. :)

Chrissie said...

Thirty days to go? Well, you'll be finished by this weekend with the way you're going! ;-) You are making so many lovely, thoughtful gifts! I love it all, the colours, the patterns...though I'm a Penn Stater and I'd prefer a blue-and-white scarf... Chrissie xxx

Laura said...

Oh wow, I can't believe you've already finished so many of your Christmas presents! I just started my Christmas knitting... I hope I get it finished in time. xoxo

♥´¯`•.¸¸.Linda Dawn´¯`•.¸¸.♥ said...

Hello Meredith and thanks for your visit to my blog and your comment for the Babies first Christmas Stocking.
What a great idea your cup cosy's are, and mmmmm hot chocolate too. A lovely handmade gift for your dear friends and all from stash wool too. A win win idea.

I am always so disorganised with organising my Christmas. Every year I say to myself I will start earlier lol. I have gifts to get this weekend. For the actual Holiday I have very little time off work, just 2 days so I will be doing my visiting in January. My son is home for Christmas though so I'd better get organised sometime soon x

♥´¯`•.¸¸.Linda Dawn´¯`•.¸¸.♥ said...

Hello Meredith and thanks for your visit to my blog and your comment for the Babies first Christmas Stocking.
What a great idea your cup cosy's are, and mmmmm hot chocolate too. A lovely handmade gift for your dear friends and all from stash wool too. A win win idea.

I am always so disorganised with organising my Christmas. Every year I say to myself I will start earlier lol. I have gifts to get this weekend. For the actual Holiday I have very little time off work, just 2 days so I will be doing my visiting in January. My son is home for Christmas though so I'd better get organised sometime soon x

♥´¯`•.¸¸.Linda Dawn´¯`•.¸¸.♥ said...

Hello Meredith and thanks for your visit to my blog and your comment for the Babies first Christmas Stocking.
What a great idea your cup cosy's are, and mmmmm hot chocolate too. A lovely handmade gift for your dear friends and all from stash wool too. A win win idea.

I am always so disorganised with organising my Christmas. Every year I say to myself I will start earlier lol. I have gifts to get this weekend. For the actual Holiday I have very little time off work, just 2 days so I will be doing my visiting in January. My son is home for Christmas though so I'd better get organised sometime soon x

Gillian said...

I just love these mugs and mug-cosies - what a lovely idea. And with hot chocolate inside too, just perfect. x

Hannapat said...

Those cups are fab and I am sure they will be very 'warmly' received. Just what we all need for Christmas. xoxo

Liz said...

I just love all of your projects. I love the cozies, and the colors for the scarves are great. It is so sweet of you to crochet for your son's friend. I'm sure Mr. 20 yr old loves how generous you are.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! You are on a roll. I love all the cup cozies. I haven't been crocheting at all.

Tick, tock, tick, tock. Yes, time is ticking away.

Hugs, Tammy