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Locutus137
« on: September 20, 2006 07:03:24 AM »

I know it's an odd question, but this year I'm making everyone's (except my children's) christmas presents.  This includes my dad's wife - my stepmummy - of a few years.  She's alright and I don't hate her but I don't particularly like or have anything in common with her. 

So, what would you make for someone like that?  I don't want to make something too labor intensive but I do want to make something that looks like a little thought and time went into it.  She's kinda "rough" if that makes any sense at all.  I wouldn't go so far as to say she's trashy, but she's walking the edge.   Wink
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2006 07:32:01 AM »

ok, that's a difficult decision, isn't it?

Even "rough" girls love stuff made just for them.  Would she love a purse made in fabrics to suit her style?  Or maybe a blanket of some sort?  Even jewelry?

I have a friend who's a bit "rough" around the edges and she adores when I make her something that to me seems tacky, but it's just her style! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2006 07:47:28 AM »

Well, first of all: I think that either you make something with your heart 100% into it, or you don't make anything at all.

Secondly, you do have things in common with your stepmom. You both love your dad!(?) I hope. That, if anything, should be one really good reason for you to try getting over the "problem". He must love her for something, right? Cheesy Family could be complicated stuff, I know...

1) What crafts do you do and enjoy? 2) What are her interests and tastes? 3) Could you combine these 2 and make one great Christmas present? You could also make your dad and his wife a gift to share. Something for their home? Or something that'll bring you all together - a nice dinner?
 
I hope I don't sound to preachy, it's not my intention.
Good Luck! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2006 07:56:42 AM »

Do you know intarsia by chance?  Because most everyone has a favorite movie, tv show, band, or animal.  You could chart out a logo or animal and knit it in a square, knit another square, seam 'em together and stuff and you've got a funky throw pillow. 

If not, then something she'd deem useful in a cool yarn, like a cell phone cozy or a sunglasses holder.  Or a change purse.  Or if you're knitting bigger things for other people, a combo of the three. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2006 08:00:17 AM »

Maybe the very act of making yourself really think about something that would make her happy will make you see more good in her. So, making her something really nice could spark a change in your relationship. And if she doesn't appreciate it, your Dad might appreciate the effort, and at the very least you'll have taken the high road. Or, you could just make something "general" that most people would like: a household item (like embroidered tea towels), scarf or tote. Maybe something with her name?
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2006 08:09:16 AM »

I appreciate all the input and did not take any of it as preachiness.  =)  It has been a long hard road with her and we are just now at a point where we are friendly with each other - and it's not been a one sided bitchiness.  It's a long story that I won't go into here.  But, anyway, I did want to make a nice gesture.  Maybe I'll go with an afghan or something similar that I can give to both of them because my dad appreciates my knitting like no one else for some reason.
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2006 08:09:51 AM »

Maybe the very act of making yourself really think about something that would make her happy will make you see more good in her. So, making her something really nice could spark a change in your relationship. And if she doesn't appreciate it, your Dad might appreciate the effort, and at the very least you'll have taken the high road. Or, you could just make something "general" that most people would like: a household item (like embroidered tea towels), scarf or tote. Maybe something with her name?

Yeah, that's what I was trying to say...  Language... me... so good not... speak. Wink

I appreciate all the input and did not take any of it as preachiness.  =)  It has been a long hard road with her and we are just now at a point where we are friendly with each other - and it's not been a one sided bitchiness.  It's a long story that I won't go into here.  But, anyway, I did want to make a nice gesture.  Maybe I'll go with an afghan or something similar that I can give to both of them because my dad appreciates my knitting like no one else for some reason.

Oh gosh, I do know what you're talking about. Don't we all have at least one teensy-weensy bit annoying little old uncle or so that makes our world a little less fun to be in at times? Grin

I think an afghan is a great idea!
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2006 08:11:17 AM »

I dunno, Decibel...you are pretty damn articulate in SEVERAL languages!  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2006 08:16:11 AM »

Find out what her favourite colours are (or the colour of her coat), then make a garter-stitch scarf in those colours with thick yarn on big needles.  An afghan would take too long, I think, and you never know how she may react to the FO.
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2006 08:17:56 AM »

I dunno, Decibel...you are pretty damn articulate in SEVERAL languages!  Wink

Me no?! Roll Eyes <blush blush>

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But thanks for the compliment, miss Batgirl - ever so lovely!
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