I'm pretty much done with my gifts this year, I got impatient and gave my mother hers early (it was the Modern Quilt Shawl), so I have to finish the Garnstudio A-line cardigan she commissioned from me, so she has a gift to unwrap. Then there's DH's socks, but he isn't really interested in getting anything, so if I don't make it in time, it's no big deal. He also knows what he's getting, he chose the yarn.
My list this year:
Mom: Modern Quilt Shawl, done (and given away), and the Garnstudio A-line cardigan (one sleeve, seaming and the collar to go)
Dad: An earflap hat and peekaboo-mittens (done)
Brother: Socks (done! And wrapped!)
Grandmother, mom's side: Fingerless mittens with cuff lace pattern from a pair of Knitty socks (done, wrapped):
Grandmother, dad's side: Shawl with button and shaping (done, wrapped):
Uncle: Lovikka mittens (done, also wrapped):
Uncle's ex-wife: Cabled armwarmers in bamboo (done and wrapped):
Cousin: Cabled bag from Garnstudio (done, wrapped!):
I knit this for my SIL's baby, who is due in February. First I tried to do the skull in intarsia, but I quickly discovered that doing intarsia for the first time in the round makes for FAIL of epic amount, so I ripped it, and tried to graft a pre-knit intarsia'd patch with a skull. That was also epic FAIL, so I ripped it back and tried again, this time with a strand of turqouise mohair knit together with the acrylic to make the skull. And it worked! It was fiddly, but worth it.
The hoodie is loosely based on this pattern: http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/babysweraglangarterstripe.htm - though I joined it instead of doing a cardigan, and pilfered the measurements for the hood from various DROPS/Garnstudio patterns. Anyway, I just hope it'll fit the intended recipient - I miscalculated the gauge, so instead of the 3-6 m/o size I was going for, it'll probably fit a 6-12 m/o. It's something to grow into, I suppose.
The material is Himalaya 100% acrylic in light blue, and the turquoise is kid mohair. I knit it on size 4.5 mm needles, in the round. It took just over one ball of the acrylic.
If the scarf is knit in acrylic, DO NOT try to iron it on! You probably already know it, but it doesn't hurt reminding. If you try, the acrylic will melt, and it'd be a shame on such a beautiful scarf.
i STILL can't fugure anything to give to y dad ----he likes to ski but can't this year because he broke his leg--i was thinking of giving him something to do whie he was sitting in the chalet ---he can't cook so anything like that is out of the question --HELP
How about a non-skiing skiing kit? Maybe a cozy blanket to snuggle up under (crafted, if you do that kind of crafty things), a movie or a book if he likes to read, maybe some sort of candy and tea? Or nice coffee, maybe, you can usually get different kinds of coffee ground for you at the tea-shop. You could make him a scrap-book thingy, with mementos from other skiing trips, with blank pages for him to fill in for this year.
Alternatively, you can make him a really nice gift card for being his slave for the week, since he'll probably need help if he has his leg in a cast.
screen printed t-shirts always go well for me. I also have made fingerless gloves that were well received. i'm thinking of making theme based survivor kits this year ie: gentelmen's survivor kit, game day survivor kit, super hero/ninja suvivor kits.
Kits are a really good idea, and can easily be modded to apply to couples too. A couple of years ago my brother and I (both being broke, agh) banded together and made a snuggle-up-on-a-cold-day kit for our parents. It contained a movie, two kinds of tea, and down-filled slippers/socks for them. For our uncle who's a wine lover, we gave a wine-and-chocolate kit, a bottle of wine and a bar of chocolate made to go with a specific grape. This year I've knitted a pair of peekaboo mittens from Magknits and a earflap hat for dad, so he can be at the hangar, tinkering with his airplane (I know, it's insane. It's just a two-seater though) in the middle of winter without freezing.
Other gift ideas for men who like to cook are sampling jars of marmalade or jam, or flavoured oils. Which is also, coincidentally, totally things you can make yourself.
I'd go for more hooks, as it probably would be nice to be ablo to not close the sweater all the way up, and zippers have a tendency to be scratchy against the face. Also, ripping out the zipper sounds like no fun at all.
AWESOME sweater, by the way! How long did it take to finish?
Thanks all for the tips! I decided to do a shawl, after much debating. First I thought I should do a simple triangle-shaped shawl, but... that's no fun, right? So it started like a regular triangular shawl, and evolved to... not quite a triangular shawl with a button.
Anyway, this is how it looks. The yarn is some mohair blend I had in my stash (got it from my Mom when she realized she didn't like to knit, it's from the 80's - can you tell by the colours? )
Close-up of yarn and button. Big enough to be easily maneuvered by old fingers.