Full steam ahead

Goodness sakes, is it really going to be October next week??  Eek! During my commute this morning I started to list the handmade items I want to get done before the end of the year (most are for Christmas gifts, but not all). It’s a little daunting at the moment. The items include:

Fruit cake (the real kind, not the fake gummy glow-in-the-dark hard-as-a-brick kind sold at the grocery store). I have a great recipe that takes a solid month of marinating in copious amounts of rum, so I generally make this the weekend after Thanksgiving in order to gift at Christmas.

Jams & jellies. I’d like to try a couple of new flavors this year – perhaps a pepper jelly or a lemon curd. mmmm…. Grape jelly is always in high demand at my house, as are berry jams – but I need to borrow a seed remover thingy from someone.

Jewelry. I plan on making a lot of earrings and necklaces, and perhaps a couple of bracelets. My own jewelry is in need of an overhaul, and I have some really lovely beads that would make fabulous earrings for gifting.

Baked sweet breads. These are so easy to make and they freeze well – so I can bake up a bunch ahead of time and save them for a few weeks. I shredded up my excess zucchini over the summer and froze it, and I have a couple of overripe bananas in the freezer as well so I’m all set.

Sewing. I’ve been collecting patterns for bags and purses and I desperately want to make myself a couple of new totes. My fabric stash is quite eclectic but I’m certain that with a little help from my creative daughter I can pull together some fun and funky combinations. I do need to get some heavy interfacing first, though.

Knitting / crocheting. This list is eternal. The things I *know* I want to make in the very near future include: several pairs of socks, a couple of shawls (I have two on the needles that I need to finish), a lace scarf to wear at work (I think I’ll use the gray alpaca I recently spun up), felted slippers, mittens, an illusion scarf, some baby items like booties and mitts, and a vest for moi. I still need to sew the shoulder seams on the Celtic vest I finished a few weeks back (I just ordered a shawl pin for it from a lovely lady on Etsy), and my red cardigan needs just a couple hours of my time to finish it up as well.

I love giving handmade gifts, and I hope people like receiving them. What is on your list this year?

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