Wow, apparently I need to check eBay for my magazine subscriptions.
Well, here is an update on this whole mess. Before I start, you should know that I have three sisters, two older and one younger. The younger one is who this thread was started about, but this post is about the oldest.
My oldest sister found out Saturday that we had already drawn names for gifts because I wanted extra time to make my gifts. I had her daughter and my niece, the 3 year old. She had our other niece, who is 13. She was complaining that she didn't know what to buy her so I offered to trade her the 13 year old for the 3 year old. She said yes, so now I have her daughter, the 8 year old, and the 13 year old. (She's getting a purse I'm designing for her.)
Today my mom emailed me and said that my oldest sister (mother of the 8 year old) called her almost in tears because--wait for it--I was MAKING her daughter a HOMEMADE gift. She tried to tell my sister that homemade gifts were better, etc., but she wasn't having it. Apparently when they were younger our dad's family would buy them crap gifts. Now, these were not crap homemade gifts, these were go-into-the-Salvation-Army-and-grab-the-cheapest-thing-you-see crap gifts. Not really the same thing.
I imagine that at some point there was a vow made along the lines of "my kids will never have crappy gifts like I had." And then at some other point Christmas gained a monetary value and "crappy gifts" became synonymous with "homemade gifts," and today homemade gifts are teh ebil. I don't think the daughter takes after the mother--I made her a leopard print and pink quilt and throw pillows last year (a last minute gift because the idea of giving a DVD drove me so crazy) and she absolutely loved them.
I said there was no way I was buying her something. I bought her a DVD last year and it drove me freaking nuts to do it. I hate buying gifts. And besides that, her gift was almost done. She had showed an interest in knitting, so I have a Teach Yourself to Knit book that I no longer need that I'm giving her. I also made a knitting needle case and a matching bag for her yarn. Both need the ties put in--I'd like the yarn bag to be reversible so I'm still thinking about how to put the ties in so that it is. I'm also going to make her a few sets of knitting needles out of dowels and paint and poly.
Anyway, now that you know all about my drama, here are some pics that I took of the 8 year old's gift as it is now. I apologize for the crappiness. I tried to take some details of the stitching to show that it was straight and nice, but my camera didn't like that idea. It is, though, I swear.
Outside of the needle case. The top flap is out here, it's not supposed to be. It's not blue and yellow, it's blue and lime green but my work table and the camera flash do not get along, so I couldn't use flash.
Inside of the needle case with two pockets.
Outside of the yarn bag. Doesn't really look like much at this point.
And the inside of the yarn bag.
Since I only have a few gifts left to make, I am thinking about making her a name wall hanging. I don't know if I want to, though, because painting stuff like that takes a long time and I have a sneaking suspicion it would never get up on the wall.