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Craft Goals: End of the Year

I have big craft goals to attend to these next couple of months, some are just for fun, pinned to my "Make Do and Mend" board, and some are gifts for the end of the year. This fort, above, is something I'd like to make before mid-October, and I know I have enough scrap fabric to do it. In fact, I could probably make 20 of these with all the fabric I have.

I found this on pinterest and thought it was so cute, perhaps because it's my favorite color and it's a scarf. I also have a growing pile of purged tees's that.
This is actually on my to-do list for this week as next week we're (finally) starting school at home. This is for Lukka to grasp the concept of dates/seasons/weather and it should be fun!

Here is my 'sweater for the boy, Christmas 2011' project. Every year I knit my kids a sweater, cardi, or in this case, vest, for their Christmas "to wear" portion. I opted for a vest this year because the last two were just too dang hot for the dude, and I think this could easily be applied as a layer through the fall, winter, and even early Spring. It won't be in the color rust, though the picture is nice, I believe a gray, blue, green, or brown will suit my blue-eyed boy nicely.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

This is my 'humph' pattern set for the girl this Christmas. I'm not entirely set on this, but I do know it would be a good choice since a) it looks basic and timeless b) it would look good as a solid color and c) my little furnace girl wouldn't get too hot in it. I'm just not sold yet so if you have a cute knitting pattern rec that fits those aforementioned qualities I'm all ears!
What's on your to-do list? Do you ever make gifts?


Shannon Breen said…
Oh, that fort is to die for! My daughter would go crazy. I'm a relatively new knitter, so I'm looking at your future projects with envy. Right now I'm working on a set of fall placements and dishcloths for my mother's upcoming birthday. She's my mommy and therefore has to love any homemade junk I give her. ;)

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