Holiday gifts: start knitting now! (yarn giveaway)

Christmas-in-July-week

Don’t believe that time flies? Here’s a convincing argument: there are only 23 weeks until Christmas.

Eep! How many Christmas knitting projects can you complete in a week? July means it’s time to make a list of your Christmas craft ideas and start working (or sprinting) toward the goal.

Check out these roundups of holiday crochet gifts and knit gift ideas for inspiration:

Holiday-themed patterns
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Gifts for everyone on your list
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Handmade holiday roundup
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12 make-in-a-day gifts

YARN GIVEAWAY ALERT!

Our friends at Cascade Yarns have been spending time in their yarn labs lately brewing brand new colors, and we couldn’t be more excited. They have generously sponsored today’s giveaway with two skeins of their Heritage Prints yarn in the dashing new color, "Holidays." Candy-cane-a-licious!

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Knitted swatch from Cascade Heritage Prints "Holidays" above.

Which is your holiday gifting style: handmade gifts for everyone or handmade heirlooms for a few precious people? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered into the drawing to win two skeins of Cascade Heritage Prints in the brand-new color, "Holidays." We’ll pick a winner one week from today and notify the winner by email.


Check out the find-a-store tool at Cascade Yarns’ website. Plus: a little birdie told us that your local yarn shop might be hosting a Christmas in July special or event. Call ’em up to find out—what a perfect excuse to go shopping!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Carol, who says:

"I like to knit for my five nieces. I don’t get to see them often as they live far  away.  Always nice to have hand made items for family members."

Carol, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


297 Comments

  • Gifts for everyone! One year I did scarves for the men. Another year, placemats for each couple and yet another, totes for the women. I love the Holiday Heritage Prints!

    —Diana Salmon on July 15, 2015
  • Definitely heirlooms for a few precious people on my gift list.

    —Diane H on July 15, 2015
  • I try to give at least one handmade gift to friends & relatives. That yarn looks like it will be fun to work with. I am always intrigued with self patterning yarn.

    —Kathy on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade gifts for me.! I am the only one who crochets and knits so it is up to me to make them for everyone, including myself.

    —Lucy Beck on July 15, 2015
  • While I would LOVE to make handmade gifts for everyone, a full time job prevents me from doing so. Therefore, I make hand mades for precious few.

    —Karen on July 15, 2015
  • handmade gifts for everyone

    —Jackie Nelson on July 15, 2015
  • As much as I love making gifts for all, experience has shown that not all recipients appreciate anything other than money, so only a few special people will get gifts made with love.

    —PatW on July 15, 2015
  • Cascade yarns are always wonderful and the new Heritage Print is particularly exciting because of the Christmas colors. Hope I win.

    —Rev. Marcia Urban on July 15, 2015
  • As we age we lose many who were dear to us.
    For those dear to our hearts then, it’s nice
    to create something that will be passed down
    to other generations.

    —Nancy D'Angelo on July 15, 2015
  • I do lots of gifts at Christmas and all year long, mostly for special people but occasionally to raise money for my favorite pet ministries.

    —Rev. Marcia Urban on July 15, 2015
  • My handmade gifts go both ways. I make a few items for everyone and then I make something special for 1-2 people.

    —Tammy Wise on July 15, 2015
  • I like to make the special people in my life hand crafted gifts. They know I knit and crochet to and are always dropping hints for gifts.

    Kathryn Pless on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade gifts for one and all.

    —Debbie Chenoweth on July 15, 2015
  • I make home made gifts for friends that I know will appreciate them. These are usually either quilted or knitted items.

    —mary colley on July 15, 2015
  • I always try to make handmade gifts for my mother, sisters, brother as well as my children that have a sentimental theme. There are pajamas and "night-night dresses" made for the grandchildren and they always look forward to putting them on at my house on Christmas Eve after dinner and a long hot bath with lots of rubber duckies in the big claw-foot tub. This year will hopefully be almost all handmade gifts so I had better get started! Would love to have the new yarn to include in the gift making process!

    —Celene on July 15, 2015
  • I usually make things for family, from Christmas ornaments to quilts. Once, though, when my nephews were little, I got a great deal on some green yarn, and I made each little boy a pullover. I have no idea if they were impractical, but I had fun doing it and isn’t that the idea of gift-giving after all?

    Gail G on July 15, 2015
  • Like to make quick gifts for some of my friends and then make special presents for a select few. I like to make for people who appreciate hand made items.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on July 15, 2015
  • I do both. I make special items for my special people and for other people general things. I usually make baskets for the nieces and nephews with handmade items that they request. And the great nieces and nephews I do anything they ask for.

    —Karen Cigich on July 15, 2015
  • I make gifts for many people every year- usually hats, mittens and ear warmers. I also do a Christmas ornament every year for the members of one of the bell choirs in which I play. This year I have an afghan yet to do and I’m almost done with the Christmas ornament. Then I have some baskets to crochet and a shirt to cross-stitch. I work on gifts all year long.

    —Karen Stewart on July 15, 2015
  • I’m a procastinator and easily distracted/drawn away; so— I only knit/crochet gift items for close family and friends.

    —Mary V. on July 15, 2015
  • I only make handmade things for people who appreciate them! Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Sunnybec on July 15, 2015
  • I make gifts for family, friends and hats for cancer victims. So not everyone, but as many as my little hands and time permits.

    —Jackie Casey on July 15, 2015
  • I always knit Christmas and birthday gifts for family and friends – so far no complaints 🙂 This year I have really gotten into making bags using circular needles – less seaming! I love the new "Holidays" color of Cascade Heritage Prints yarn – it would make beautiful Christmas bags 🙂

    Carolyn Johnson on July 15, 2015
  • I like to make things for people who appreciate the time that has gone into this as well as the thought.

    —Betty K on July 15, 2015
  • handmade heirlooms for a few precious people

    —Donette Powers on July 15, 2015
  • Heirlooms for a few. I usually aim for one or two beautiful items for someone each year. Then people in the family start dropping hints and can’t wait for "their turn" for something from me! It makes it a little extra special!

    —Cece on July 15, 2015
  • just a few handmade "heirlooms" at Christmas. Thanks! This yarn is sweet.

    —Diana on July 15, 2015
  • I try to make everyone something handmade – an ornament or hat. During the holidays I like to have a basket with "extras". If you put them in clear cellophane bags tied with bright ribbons they look festive, and you always have a gift when you need one. It’s great was to try out different stitch patterns, make something with swatches and use up small amounts of yarn. The heirloom pieces are reserved for a few special people.

    —Linda Medina on July 15, 2015
  • I guess my holiday gift giving style is to made handmade gifts for everyone. I work on projects throughout the year so I am ready at Christmas time. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Paula W. on July 15, 2015
  • I do a little of both! Everyone gets a little something home made, even a small ornament or jar of jam, and also every year someone in particular gets a special home made thing like a quilt.

    Nita on July 15, 2015
  • I’m a procastinator and easily distracted/drawn away; so— I only knit/crochet gift items for close family and friends. I have several projects I’m working on now but no deadline the new "Holiday" yarn looks great I can hardly wait to start a new project!

    —Mary V. on July 15, 2015
  • I try to make gifts for as many family members as I can. I’d love to make some socks from that yarn. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Debby on July 15, 2015
  • Love making something for all loved ones= the great grands seem to enjoy them the most. They will wear all day and then look to make sure they have everything in bag before leaving – to bad they live so far away – great to have kids, grands, and great grands – gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling all year long – thanks for the new colors- and this chance to own them- have not found in my area – but will start looking harder and more often – have good day

    Martha Hood on July 15, 2015
  • My gift list is small so I make something special for each person. For children I like to have something knitted to keep them warm. They are far from me so I like to think my love bundles them! For the adults ii is usually a quilted item for their home.

    —Kathy g on July 15, 2015
  • I start in January, knitting and crocheting gifts for family and friends.
    Socks, scarfs, afghans and this year several snowmen of different sizes.
    Some I use acrylic and the true knitworthy I use wool. The Cascade heritage prints are AWESOME!!!!!!!! Thank you.

    —susan fetterolf on July 15, 2015
  • I tend to make gifts for just a few people.

    —Alice Nelson on July 15, 2015
  • Love the pattern that knits up with the Cascade Yarns "Holidays"! So cool … would love to be the lucky winner!

    —Patti Stephens on July 15, 2015
  • Every gift I give or make is special. I can’t help myself. I see that person using or wearing it. My kids all had the "picture" sweaters and wore them until they outgrew them.
    Dosen’t that yarn remind you of sugar candy?

    —June Winnop-Steiger on July 15, 2015
  • I don’t even always make one gift at Christmas, because I don’t think to start in time, and then December is too hectic with a pastor for a husband, and myself the church organist and choir director. But those years that I do make something, I’m careful to have it be something lovely that I’m sure they’ll treasure.

    I love, love, love this yarn, and especially that it’s wool; thanks for the giveaway!

    Carol

    —Carol Weber on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade heirlooms for a few special people…this year it’s t-shirt quilts for my 3 sisters from my Mama’s vast collection of t-shirts.

    —Amy Cofer on July 15, 2015
  • I always plan to make something my friends would appreciate for Christmas. But before I know it, Christmas is upon us and my project is still in the bag! Hopefully this year will be different as I already have purchased my kits for my three best friends.

    —Sandy Ruffino on July 15, 2015
  • I am always making hats, scarves and slippers, but I’m currently trying to make heirloom afghans for family members. I’m interested in making some keepsake Christmas stockings with matching Pillows to match some antique looking ornaments I recently purchased. I can’t wait.

    —P. Gosvener on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade gifts for some. The family is too big to do handmade for all.

    —Jo Anne on July 15, 2015
  • I like to make handmade gifts for most people.
    Nice yarn!

    —Diantha Howard on July 15, 2015
  • homemade gifts for everyone even if it is a small project!

    Lana Bell on July 15, 2015
  • I begin in the summer making Christmas Gifts and try to make things specific to our family and friends. Always a challenge.

    —Judy Brummet on July 15, 2015
  • I like to make a few handmade gifts for special people.

    Thank you.

    —Sandy Tracy on July 15, 2015
  • I will crochet some gifts for a few (or most, if I have time).

    —Lisa Burch on July 15, 2015
  • I make just a few special gifts for special people. Most popular recipients are those who have everything they want already and I find something they didn’t know they wanted.

    —Phyllis on July 15, 2015
  • I make at least one special handmade item for a different family member each year. The soon will all have an heirloom from me!

    —Marsha Doyle on July 15, 2015
  • HI,it’s about the time to think of making Christmas Gifts! I make something special for my daughters and the rest get "store items".
    Thanks for sharing a neat giveaway!

    —LINDA on July 15, 2015
  • I like to make handmade heirlooms for a few precious people!00

    —Mary Ann Atzrott on July 15, 2015
  • I try to knit something for each of my five grandchildren ages 1-12,one girl followed by four boys. It can be challenging since I focus on hats or socks or mittens to share the love equally. Sometimes I manage to include the adult children and spouses (5) and my husband. Usually those items appear at various times of the year as I manage to complete the prohects. There is NEVER enough time for an over abundance of enthusiasm and yarn The Holiday Heritage prints from Cascade offer wonderful starting points for a new round of gifts

    —Diane on July 15, 2015
  • I love making handmade gifts for as many people as I can. This mostly ends up being family and a couple of close friends! I would love to try this new yarn out on a Christmas gift for someone this year!

    —Leslie on July 15, 2015
  • I prefer to make heirloom items. I feel they would be more appreciated.

    —Pam B on July 15, 2015
  • When it comes to Christmas, I prefer to give home-made gifts to family and friends. If there’s time I will try to make something for everyone on my list.

    —Lisa Patrick on July 15, 2015
  • I love to make gifts. A very wise lady told me once that when you make something and give it away, you are giving a part of you away with it. I choose a few special people that appreciate the time and energy you have spent making the gift.

    —Cathy Rockwell on July 15, 2015
  • Beautiful yarn. Makes me want to start a new project.

    —Judy on July 15, 2015
  • Has to be something special for a special person

    —sue on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade gifts for everyone.

    —Denise Stockstill on July 15, 2015
  • I like to crochet for family and friends. I also like to donate to charities.

    —Sue Hester on July 15, 2015
  • I make handmade gifts for the special people in my life.

    —Judith on July 15, 2015
  • I like to choose one family member per year, figure out what knitted thing would make them happy, and then go ahead and produce it. It is generally a sweater, a shawl, a small afghan, whatever. But it is always an intermediate or above pattern, made with the best materials. It has gotten so that I get "friendly reminders", starting in January, as to who wants the next big thing from me!!!!!

    —Deb White on July 15, 2015
  • Heirlooms for a few people. Some people I know don’t appreciate handmade gifts, and the others appreciate getting a larger/more complex one every few years over something small every year.

    —Karen on July 15, 2015
  • I try to make as many handmade gifts as I can each season. Some people may receive an heirloom quality gift, they all receive something special made just for them.

    —Doris Mow on July 15, 2015
  • I try to make handmade knit and crochet gifts for each of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren (11 in all). From sweaters to socks and toys

    —Elizabeth Paris on July 15, 2015
  • I love making handmade gifts for everyone. Even if it’s something small

    —Julie Craven on July 15, 2015
  • I would love to be able to make something for everyone but, alas, I only get to make only one or two.

    —Linda on July 15, 2015
  • This year is going to be a special year for our family. My grand-daughter and her husband are expecting their first child at the beginning of December, making us great-parents for the first time. I have been very busy crocheting blankets, clothing and everything in between for the new arrival. Everything so far has been in gender-neutral colors, but we will hopefully know the sex of the baby by the end of this week. My next project, boy or girl, is going to be a first Christmas outfit. I have found a couple that I like, but haven’t positively decided yet. No yarn has been purchased, but this Cascade Heritage Prints "Holidays" looks like a winner! I love the way the colors display in the swatch. I think this will be a purchase, unless of course I win it!

    —Diane on July 15, 2015
  • I make special gifts only for those I know appreciate them.

    —Lynda A. on July 15, 2015
  • handmade heirlooms for precious people…

    —Monica de Moss on July 15, 2015
  • I enjoy making gifts for everyone! I just find it fun.

    —Karen on July 15, 2015
  • I only knit for a select few. I know some people on my list just won’t appreciate the hand knits, so I don’t bother for them!

    —Jaclyn Bailey on July 15, 2015
  • I’m lucky if I get a few gifts made each year.

    —Judy Maggio on July 15, 2015
  • I love to made winter scarfs, cowls and sometimes fingerless gloves for family. I am a left handed self taught crocheter and I like ti try new things. The yarn is a nice color, love it.

    —Margene L on July 15, 2015
  • I make "heirlooms" for a few precious people who appreciate the thought & time put into each gift.

    —Ann on July 15, 2015
  • I’m definitely a handmade gifts for everyone person–family and friends.

    —Mona on July 15, 2015
  • I try to make handmade gifts for everyone. Some years I am successful and others I am not. Last Christmas some disappointment was politely expressed that there weren’t any socks. It has been a couple of years since my last sock extravaganza. Guess what is happening this year. I am well on my way. There will be socks for lots of our family and friends. This new Heritage Print is wonderful. I will be getting myself a few balls. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

    —Audrey on July 15, 2015
  • I prefer to give handmade gifts to all. I also make extras for donations to charities that provide gifts to children and homeless.

    —Barbara on July 15, 2015
  • What a great idea! I’m looking forward to finding this yarn in my local store!

    —Karen N on July 15, 2015
  • I gravitate between handmade gifts for all and a handmade heirlooms for a few.
    It depends on how much time I devote to each project, combined with daily life, as to how many gifts I have time to make. It also depends on the gift receiver.

    —Denise Holloway on July 15, 2015
  • I LOVE this yarn! I hope I win it – but if I don’t, I think I’ll have to buy some! It would make great Christmas gifts as I usually only give handmade gifts – to as many people as I can knit for!

    —Lori on July 15, 2015
  • Normally, a specific group of family and friends will get "hand crafted" gifts. Only the ones who know the time and thought that went into making it. Several friends and I will do a "hand made" only gift exchange at Christmas. It’s always exciting when the mail carrier pulls up in the yard..to see if the package has arrived.

    —debra lee on July 15, 2015
  • Hi,
    I am actually a crocheter, but most projects I complete are for special people in my life. I wouldn’t call them precious heirlooms, however the people receiving just might. I also would like to begin making toques for our thrift store to hand out when the weather gets cold or to sell for a minor amount. The Cascade Heritage yarn looks ever so beautiful.
    Vera

    —Vera on July 15, 2015
  • I sew for a few precious family members I crochet every year coasters and or glass holders, this year I plan to use festive Xmas colors.

    Annette morrow on July 15, 2015
  • Love the yarn. I usually give hand crafted gifts to most of the people on my gift list. Someone will get a special gift each year. These are the people who appreciate how much time and love go into the larger gifts.

    —Bonnie on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade gifts for a few precious people, especially for those who really appreciate handmade gifts! 🙂 Thank you for this opportunity. 🙂

    —l. kawakami on July 15, 2015
  • I make a few gifts every Christmas for special people.

    —Janet Autrey on July 15, 2015
  • I do a few handmade pieces for family members.

    —Debbie McDonald on July 15, 2015
  • I craft for a few real good friends and family!

    —Allison CB on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade gifts is a treasure and I love crocheting specialness for family-friends.

    —Joan on July 15, 2015
  • I handmake presents for a few. There is no way I could handmake for everyone. I have so many unfinished projects as it is.

    —Patrice H on July 15, 2015
  • I’m mainly a quilter, but do knit and crochet, too. Because of the time it takes to do a quilt or afghan, I usually give these for very special occasions such as wedding, baby, graduation, anniversary. And has made the effort to give each of my siblings something select and individual.

    —Darla Zimmer on July 15, 2015
  • I craft gifts for most of the ladies on my list as they all love to receive a handmade item.

    —Joyce Meinhardt on July 15, 2015
  • I have a few friends that I make things for. Socks, hats, shawls. I sometimes let them pick the project if I’m stumped for ideas.

    —SoozB on July 15, 2015
  • Actually, I’m a crocheter! And it always depends on how much time I have as to what I’ll make. I’m still working on the queen size afghan I started last year for either my daughter or daughter-in-law (then I have to do another one for which one doesn’t get this one)! I had to put it aside for other projects – shower gifts etc! Thanks so much for the chance to win! 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

    —Debby E on July 15, 2015
  • I love giving handmade gifts to special people who I know will appreciate the gift. Close friends are usually at the top of my list. And I also give one or 2 to my husband to give as gifts for his co-workers. Its a pretty yarn, and I love the design of it.

    —Kathy B on July 15, 2015
  • Combination of a few intensive projects for family and an assortment of smaller, quicker items for extended friends/family circle.

    —Sydnie7 on July 15, 2015
  • I love to make crocheted gifts for everyone. Something they will like.

    —Theresa Sizelove on July 15, 2015
  • I had a baby on December 15th, many years ago, and that year I purchased presents instead of making them. I got quite a few calls from my family, who lived far from me, asking me what possessed me to send store bought gifts. I said I was pregnant leading up to Christmas and had a week-old baby on the day. I was told that was no excuse. Fortunately, the next baby arrived on April 3rd, giving me time to work on hand made gifts.

    —Susan on July 15, 2015
  • I like making a few "heirloom" gifts for a few special people. Would love to receive the beautiful yarn from Cascade!

    Helen Gardis on July 15, 2015
  • My best intention is always hand made gifts. That wish does not always get realized.

    —Betty on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade gifts for everyone! And someday I’ll learn to make socks!

    —Diane Cullum on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade gifts for friends and family I know who love handmade gifts!

    Denise L. on July 15, 2015
  • There are 7 grandchildren, 3 boys and 4 girls. I make hats, scarves, and mittens. Last Christmas I made the boys each a blanket.

    —Diane Miller on July 15, 2015
  • I try to make handmade gifts for everyone. They all seem to appreciate my efforts!

    —Barbara Murray on July 15, 2015
  • I make knitted and quilted items for those who appreciate the work that goes into the items. Love the colorway!

    —Kathy on July 15, 2015
  • I prefer to make handmade gifts.

    —Amanda Chara on July 15, 2015
  • I usually do just a few handmade projects for very special people, and try to ‘theme’ gifts for everyone else

    —sue g on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade for everyone…with a couple of heirloom for spacial family and friends

    Nhsarab at yahoo dot com

    —Sara Brockunier on July 15, 2015
  • Wonderful idea of Christmas colors all in one skein of yarn. Sure to please who ever receives the hat, scarf or mittens that I make from this special yarn.

    —Pat Rytel on July 15, 2015
  • I can only make a few handmade gifts each year so I just rotate through my gift list and pick different people each year!

    —amy on July 15, 2015
  • My handmade gifts always go to family and friends that would appreciate them the most. Some hint on what they like and others are totally surprised that they get one of my special items.

    —Brenda E. on July 15, 2015
  • I used to make gifts for everyone, but the family is so large now that I only do a few each year.

    —Dot on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade heirlooms for a few precious people. I love when my family ask for something specific, colors of a quilt, sizes of a project, and picking out fabrics, yarns etc.

    —Janie on July 15, 2015
  • I have some family members that do not appreciate handmade gifts so I only make for those that truly appreciate the time and effort of the gift.

    —Sandy K on July 15, 2015
  • Most of my gifts are handmade.

    —Vicki H on July 15, 2015
  • Homemade gifts for everyone. Everyone deserves the awesomeness of it 😀

    —Maya Vanderpool on July 15, 2015
  • With the right yarns, everyday gifts can easily become treasure heirlooms!! Win/win for everybody on your gift list!!

    —Eryn on July 15, 2015
  • I enjoy making handmade gifts. Winning this yarn would be fabulous, thank you for the opportunity to enter.

    —Nancy E on July 15, 2015
  • I make as many hand-made gifts as I can. I knit and crochet so there is usually a variety of items for gifts.

    —Linda Lewis on July 15, 2015
  • I strive for handmade gifts for everyone, but usually wind up with "heirloom" gifts for some. The number of family and friends has grown too large!

    —Janie on July 15, 2015
  • My time is precious, so, precious heirlooms for a chosen few! Already imagining what I can make with this lovely yarn…

    —Elizabeth Sheehy on July 15, 2015
  • I make a few gifts for people that I know will appreciate them. I know that I can’t control how people will take care or (or not take care of) what I create for them, but I tend to create gifts for people who can appreciate the work that went into them.

    —Jean Ashley on July 15, 2015
  • I knit for the precious people at "Knit-A-Square". These lovely children use squares made into blankets, vests, sweaters, handwarmers and hats. Each child is precious. I also make some knit toys. I knit for family also – hats, sweaters and toys. I knit for babies through "Ruth Mailbag" and "LILY -Lily in the Language of Yarn" for refugees. The young people at "Covenant House" need hats for the winter and I’m working on some for the colder months.
    When I was fighting cancer, I made an agreement with the Doctors that I could have my knitting bag right up to the operating room door! I made 2 inches of a sweater before they took it away from me. Later, when I could hold the knitting needles again, I finished that sweater for some darling child somewhere through Knit for Kids! Knitting is peaceful, recreation, calming and …productive. It has got me through some stressful times. Happy Knitting everyone!

    —Arlene on July 15, 2015
  • I have a very appreciating family and they all love the things I make. So, I’ve been making one special thing for a different person each year. They don’t know who will be next. I’m lucky to have such a patient and loving family!

    —Suzie on July 15, 2015
  • I knit only for very special people for Christmas. I don’t knit for everyone, just the ones who will appreciate the work that goes into knitted items. Then I also knit for charities where the need is great.

    —Michelle McCrillis on July 15, 2015
  • I knit for charities, family, myself. I kn it whatever strikes me at the time.

    crlebrn on July 15, 2015
  • i love making gifts for a few special people knowing how much they will be appreciated…i also make lots of little gifties just in case….

    —marla on July 15, 2015
  • I always try to knit socks for family members for Christmas, and then perhaps a special sweater for one of the grandchildren. Would love to win the new "Holidays" yarn!

    —Katherine K Morvay on July 15, 2015
  • My goal is always to knit something for everyone in my immediate family; I usually end up making a few items for a few people!

    —Karen on July 15, 2015
  • I enjoy making handmade gifts for everyone! Even the gift bags will be hand made.

    —Carrie Douglas on July 15, 2015
  • The enjoyment comes from making for others! Most of my projects turn out to be gifts!

    —Rose Cottingham on July 15, 2015
  • I love making handmade gifts for those who mean a lot to me. Hopefully, they will treat them as heirlooms. Cross Stitched Xmas Stockings, Crocheted Afghans, etc.

    —Brenda on July 15, 2015
  • Since I can only get a few things done a year, I am making for a few special people who have not gotten anything before. But, I did learn to make socks and so we will see how many get socks this year!

    —Bev Gunn on July 15, 2015
  • I MADE SPECIAL GIFTS FOR SPECIAL PEOPLE AND THAT MADE ME HAPPY,SO HANDMADES FOR SPECIAL PEOPLE IS LOVE!!!

    ANGELA PRINGLE on July 15, 2015
  • I make gifts for a few special people.

    —yolanda v on July 15, 2015
  • I enjoy making gifts for all. It doesn’t always happen, but I try.

    —Nancy on July 15, 2015
  • I make crochet items for everyone in my family, friends, and even our mail-lady. I have made everything from slippers to a letter-jacket. I start early so I can get things done. This year each of my 5 children’s families will get a new crochet tree skirt

    —Barbie Beckr on July 15, 2015
  • Several years ago friends and family groups voted to "do" gifts only for the kids, so I don’t have many Christmas deadlines. On the other hand since I celebrate Christmas all year I often give a crochet / knit / quilt non-Christmas gift "just because" as well as giving many fiber donations per year. I enjoy using self-striping yarn for other than for the "intended" purpose, and have used sock yarn for some very lovely throws, wraps and lapghans with delightful color serendipities. The Heritage Prints yarn looks like it will be great to use.

    —Jane on July 15, 2015
  • NOW, only heirlooms for a few select people who I know will appreciate the time and work that went into making the item. One year I made afghans for all family members for Christmas. A few months later, I was visiting my brother and saw his afghan underneath his car covered in oil.

    cathySoto on July 15, 2015
  • NOW, only heirloom quality for the few people I know who will appreciate the time and work I put into it. I made afghans for all family members a few yeas ago. A few months later, while visiting my brother, I saw his afghan under his car covered in oil. I know once the item is given the receiver can do what they want with it, but this was too much!!

    cathySoto on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade heirlooms for a few precious people. I better get started!

    —Kathy Davis on July 15, 2015
  • I make items for special people for special occasions. My siblings and husband have gotten afghans for Christmas, but not in the same year. My niece got a shawl for her wedding.

    —Renee on July 15, 2015
  • My style is sort of both, I make a little something for each person, and something special (heirloom) for a few, as that’s all I have time to. I do change who I make the bigger gifts for, it’s not always for the same people. Everyone is very appreciative, and love everything I make, and seem very happy when it’s ‘their turn’. especially if it’s actually finished!

    This yarn looks awesome, I hope I can get some at my LYS if I don’t win this giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

    —susan on July 15, 2015
  • I don’t have a large list of people I give presents to, so I usually knit something for each of them. But mostly these are hats, mitts, washcloths — fairly quick and easy projects.

    —Jane on July 15, 2015
  • I knit socks for my grandchildren. Every year! My grandson was in Europe this year and completely wore out his socks while sight seeing. He sent me a text asking for more socks this Christmas. Guess you know what I’ll be knitting!

    —Sherry walls on July 15, 2015
  • Special people, special homemade gifts! Always love Christmas crafting. Thankyou. Nancy

    Nancy on July 15, 2015
  • I make for very few and very special people

    —Lynnette Lamance on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade gifts for everyone!

    —Amy on July 15, 2015
  • I try to make small quick things for my 3 sisters, and 2 daughters. If they want a sweater, I say I’ll teach them to knit.

    —MaryJo on July 15, 2015
  • I try to make everyone something but there are a few people that get the extra special gifts. I rotate this every year so in the end everyone will get a special gift. I enjoy the making process so much, there just isn’t enough time to make all the things I want to make.

    —connie b on July 15, 2015
  • One special gift (picked at random) in a gift exchange game during our annual family Christmas Party. 🙂

    —Nela on July 15, 2015
  • As many gifts as I can crank out!

    —Jackie KAWATE on July 15, 2015
  • I love knitting socks for my husband. He loves hand knit socks and has a drawer full. This year I’m going to knit a shawl for a dear friend and a scarf for her husband as I know they will appreciate homemade gifts. Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway. I would love to knit socks with this holiday colorway.

    —Kristi ~ Ohio on July 15, 2015
  • My intention is handknits for everyone. The Reality is heirlooms for a few, often finished in the wee hours of Christmas morn.

    —Claudia on July 15, 2015
  • I try to make gifts for different family groups a year- eg- siblings or nieces/nephews, but of course my kids still demand not to be left out any year!

    carol on July 15, 2015
  • I love making special handmade gifts for the wee ones in the family. Socks, hats, scarfs are my favorite things to make for the holidays and I always start in July so I can gave plenty of stress free knitting!!! Love the new colors!!!

    —Karen Marshall on July 15, 2015
  • I just Started knitting socks in June .I love the Heritage Prints, I am on my 3rd pair 🙂

    —Wendy on July 15, 2015
  • the colours are absolutely perfect for the Christmas season as well as any time of the year. I LOVE them!

    —Laura-Jeanne McMullen on July 15, 2015
  • I would love to make Christmas stockings for my ten grandchildren this year. I am retiring in a few weeks and look forward to spending my free time crocheting.

    —Sherry Swanson on July 15, 2015
  • I tend to make gifts for everyone.

    —Emily C on July 15, 2015
  • I make an afghan for every baby in the family, and then some other gifts are also handmade: scarves, mittens, hats, diaper covers, ponchos, doll clothes, market bags. It depends on how many afghans I have to make in a year!

    —Anne on July 15, 2015
  • It depends on the Christmas! Last year everyone got hand knit gifts this year probably just a few people will! 🙂

    —Carrie on July 15, 2015
  • I like to make heirlooms for a few precious people.

    —DebbieG on July 15, 2015
  • I’ll be making scarves and shawlettes.

    —Sue H on July 15, 2015
  • Cascade yarns are my favorite! I use 220 to make color work Christmas stockings.

    —Michelle Carter on July 15, 2015
  • I try to make one gift for each person on my list, but start with my Grandchildren first!

    —Terry on July 15, 2015
  • I make for my grandchildren only

    —Cynthia Wilbanks on July 15, 2015
  • I love making handmade gifts, from pillows and quilts to socks and sweaters. My list is short, so I can do it without stressing too much.

    —Maria Knecht on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade gifts for only a few people at Christmas, along with hats, scarves for charity, as I knit throughout the year for family and close friends.

    —Mary on July 15, 2015
  • Just a few heirlooms. I work slowly…,

    —Jo Karen on July 15, 2015
  • My husband’s family Plays "Dirty Santa". Each participant brings a gift. Numbers are drawn. You either pick a gift or steal someone else’s already opened. I try to make one special gift that I know will be stolen several times!

    —SandrA.jarrells on July 15, 2015
  • I knit as many socks as I can for those who like them as well as dish cloths. Have quite a long list of people who like the socks. I use a simple sock pattern with self patterning yarn. Sometimes scarves. Love self patterning yarn.

    —Susan on July 15, 2015
  • I enjoy making Christmas keepsakes for my 3 grown sons. I crochet hats or make ornaments or decorations they can share in the future when they have their own families.

    —Kim Cunningham on July 15, 2015
  • i love knitting cowls for my son. He loves my hand knits.

    —Aileen Crisonino on July 15, 2015
  • I love making things for as many as possible! My kids, husband, nieces and teachers! Spread the love I say!

    —Maureen on July 15, 2015
  • Heirlooms for a precious few.

    —Rose Birchall on July 15, 2015
  • I knit socks for my mother and nana because I know they look forward to them every year and they are always the right size. 🙂

    —Leanne L on July 15, 2015
  • I like making hand made gifts for family and friends.

    —Ellen on July 15, 2015
  • I like to make as many gifts as I can. I like giving of myself.

    —Elizabeth Olsdon on July 15, 2015
  • It is fun to make gifts for others.

    —Elizabeth Olson on July 15, 2015
  • I do both – for immediate family heirloom pieces and for friends handmade items usually of a smaller size.

    —alicia grayson on July 15, 2015
  • I want to create handmade.gifts for.all the adults on my Christmas list

    —nancy on July 15, 2015
  • I make things for a precious few, and only those whom I know will appreciate handmade. This yarn is delightful!!

    Bethany on July 15, 2015
  • I knit gifts for everyone in my immediate family as well as a few friends. I’ve got two Christmas presents done already!

    —Erin G on July 15, 2015
  • I love to make handmade heirlooms for a few precious people.

    —Linda Cartwright on July 15, 2015
  • mostly a lot of small handmade and a few special projects…for many years!

    —LMJF on July 15, 2015
  • I use to make gives for everyone, but over time I changed to heirloom gift to just a few that I know truly love and appreciate the gift.

    —Patricia on July 15, 2015
  • In the past, I’ve mostly given gifts to a few, close, friends and family members, but because I’m starting in July (!) hopefully there will be handmade gifts for more people! This yarn is exquisite!

    —Rachel Palfini on July 15, 2015
  • I would love to make gifts for everyone but the reality is only a few will get done!

    —Pam Reim on July 15, 2015
  • Gifts for a few. Some years that means 1, some years that’s more.

    —Lucy B. on July 15, 2015
  • Handmade gifts i have 13 brothers and sister love the new color stocking for the fireplace with this color for me thanks love your yarns

    —Kelly davis on July 15, 2015
  • I like to make a few gifts for close family who would actually wear what I makeif I can make socks I’d have it made.

    —Clarissa boggs on July 15, 2015
  • I like to give handmade gifts to just a few special people — the gifts mean more to me and to the recipient that way.

    —SherryB on July 15, 2015
  • I only knit/crochet gifts for a few special people that mean a lot to me.

    —Jeannie Simpson on July 15, 2015
  • I make just a few handmade gifts for special people. Not everyone appreciates the love that goes into handmade.

    —Marguerite Namdar on July 15, 2015
  • i like to knit for my five nieces. i dont get to see them often as they live far away. always nice to have hand made items for family members.

    carol parry on July 15, 2015
  • I like to make homemade gifts for family
    and friends. Just learned to knit so I would love to make a few little ones a special stocking for Christmas! Thank you for sharing this giveaway.

    —Alesha Klein on July 15, 2015
  • I make handmade gift for my nearest and dearest. Those people who appreciate the time and care that has gone into making them a gift x

    —Claire Ross on July 15, 2015
  • I love knitting for family and friends and they love to get knitted items, so it’s a joyful occasion. Son wants socks, daughter ‘needs’ a new scarf and youngest daughter loves wearing hats and scarfs. Hubby wants a cardigan….
    The yarn is so beautiful !

    Karin on July 16, 2015
  • socks of course

    —Jo Derouin on July 16, 2015
  • I enjoy making gifts for people, but don’t make for everyone on my list. Usually my mother and daughter get something I’ve made, and then I might make something for one or two more family members.

    —KT on July 16, 2015
  • Gifts, gifts gifts! I think I better get started…

    —Kathy Bilodeau on July 16, 2015
  • handmade gifts only for the people that I know will appreciate them

    —Carly O on July 16, 2015
  • I would love handmade gifts for everyone but I don’t have the time so only a few precious persons can get one of my creations.

    —Kimberly R on July 16, 2015
  • As a young knitter I wanted to knit for everyone, now that my skill level has grown, I am selective of who gets my knitting. I would rather being wearing it than it sit a drawer waiting to be used

    —Debby buck on July 16, 2015
  • I LOVE knitting beautiful things for everyone! Holiday gift or just because. I feel blessed to be able to bless other people!

    —Shameka on July 16, 2015
  • Handmade gifts for everyone. I start in the summer, & I’m still rushing to finish days before Christmas.

    —Rene Rogers on July 16, 2015
  • Handmade gifts for everyone.

    —Carol on July 16, 2015
  • I would love the yarn to give to my sister. She makes so many lovely gifts including cat toys!

    —Kris Walter on July 16, 2015
  • Most of my handmade are given as gifts. I do knit for charity also. Our local Playhouse has a craft table and all proceeds go directly to the playhouse.

    —Linda on July 16, 2015
  • Handmade for a few; those who will appreciate them.

    —Peg on July 16, 2015
  • I make handmade gifts for the family and friends who appreciate receiving a part of me.

    —Nancy on July 16, 2015
  • I try to include at least one hand made item for each of my loved ones on Christmas, whether it’s a pair of socks or a blanket, I want to include something I have made stitch by stitch, handling with love something that will in turn be handled with love. It may be small in size but it will be filled with warmth.

    —Venice Smith on July 16, 2015
  • I like to knit/sew gifts for a lot of my friends and family. It just seems like if you have taken the time to make something, during the process you are constantly thinking of that person you are making it for and that makes it special. This yarn is beautiful. Love the color variations and patterns it makes.

    —Susan Molina on July 16, 2015
  • Years ago, I made handmade gifts for everyone on our list. I would start during the summer and work and work on the gifts. Now, I just do handmade gifts for my immediate family. Seems like I still have to start just as early, though.

    —Catherine on July 16, 2015
  • I would love to make a hat out of this yarn!

    —Linda Ross on July 16, 2015
  • It definitely yardage Though my precut stash is growing from the ones I cut from leftovers from projects.

    —Dee W on July 16, 2015
  • Fantasy- gifts for all!
    Reality- special gifts for a few!

    —Laurie on July 16, 2015
  • I have always made handmade gifts for my immediate family. This great yarn would be beautiful in the Cascade stockings that I’d like to make.

    —Marianne L on July 16, 2015
  • I start with gifts for immediate family, then if there’s still time, I’ll make little things like ornaments, as keepsakes for friends.

    —Michelle M on July 16, 2015
  • It depends on the year. I’ve done both. I prefer to give one to everybody, but if I don’t think I can I focus on the people I know appreciate it, have a new baby, or have requested something special. Regardless of which, I love giving handmade. It’s from the heart, it’s special, and unique. The best kind of gift!

    —Emily on July 16, 2015
  • I have made exclusively hand made (knitted) gifts for about 5 years now. Love the new yarn!

    —Cindy on July 16, 2015
  • Special handknits for special people. Love the new colorway!

    —Jo on July 16, 2015
  • Few heirlooms for a few special people. I love to make socks and I love to give them away but to only SPECIAL people!

    Christmas is a giving time and a few Holiday socks would be NICE! Thanks

    Robin

    Robin medley on July 16, 2015
  • Handmade gifts for many people, though many years those gifts are simply Christmas cookies. My friends and families are now spread out to families of one or two who don’t bake much, so the cookies are a treat.

    —Laurel on July 16, 2015
  • precious things for just a few! Else I’d be knitting gifts year round with no time to knit for myself!

    —Roberta on July 16, 2015
  • Only select people get handmade gifts. I work full-time (even though I’m 68)and I have learned not to waste my time and talent on those who don’t appreciate what I can make.

    This is gorgeous yarn and would make lovely Christmas gifts!

    —Cecelia on July 16, 2015
  • I do a bit of both, i make super special things for a select few but then I also make a little washcloth set up wrapped around an antibacterial soap for my coworkers!

    —Erica on July 16, 2015
  • For me it is handmade heirlooms for a few – I put a lot of work into the few I give every year!

    —Lee on July 16, 2015
  • I make some small gifts, ornaments and such, and I make some special gifts. I’m usually up until the wee hours the last day or two. but I usually get them finished.

    Mary Beth McKelvey on July 16, 2015
  • I make gifts for the few who really appreciate them.

    —Laurie on July 16, 2015
  • I do a little of both, for family and friends

    Billie Wooley on July 16, 2015
  • I try to make gifts for as many people as I can. I’m not sure my gifts ever fit in the "Heirloom" category, but I enjoy making them.

    Kathy on July 16, 2015
  • I love to make for everyone! Sometimes a few heirloom pieces, but just fun things happen alot.

    —Dee W on July 16, 2015
  • I would love to knit for everybody a little gift but now is only a precious something for a few!
    asteride on Ravelry

    —asteride on July 17, 2015
  • Just for a few people who I know will appreciate it

    —Melanie P on July 17, 2015
  • I’m going to try to make everyones gifts this year if I have time. Seems like everyone wants me to make them something! I have approx. 12 orders at the present time! I love seeing the reaction of people when I give them their items. 🙂

    —Wendy Hubbard on July 17, 2015
  • I try to make family and extended family homemade gifts–at least one.

    —nancy in IN on July 17, 2015
  • Oh it’s always something homemade from me! How else will we inspire others to craft. I’m sure some day osmosis will happen.

    —Mary Smith on July 17, 2015
  • Love that yarn. I would be so happy to win it.

    —Sharon Decker on July 17, 2015
  • I just don’t have the time to hand make quality gifts for everyone, so it has to be for special people

    —Marian on July 17, 2015
  • I would have to say that homemade goes to a select few and only those we actually appreciate the time, effort, and money put into it.

    —Darla E on July 17, 2015
  • I only make gifts for a couple of precious people that I know really understand why I make it.

    —Cindy S on July 17, 2015
  • The Cascade Heritage Print yarn is especially lovely. I hope that I win? Thank you for the opportunity. pj

    —Paulette Bergman on July 17, 2015
  • Handmade for a few!

    —elaine on July 17, 2015
  • I like to make heirloom things for a few. I have made something for all the members of the family, but just a few at a time.

    —Nancy Angerer on July 17, 2015
  • I try to do something handmade for everyone. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Renea on July 17, 2015
  • Lately, it’s been handmade for many. Baked goods/candies travel well!

    —Bro AJK on July 17, 2015
  • I make gifts and cards for just a few people such as my mother, partner and best friend. Not everyone appreciates handmade items and I would rather spend the time making them for people who do.

    Jo on July 17, 2015
  • If someone gets something that’s not homemade, they think I am mad at them. I ALWAYS give homemade gifts of some sort.

    —Madeline on July 17, 2015
  • Handmade gifts for everyone! I love my people as well I love to sew!

    —Rosana Solon C. Visintainer on July 17, 2015
  • Just for a few people. I’d love it to be everyone, but I knit too slowly and would rather spend that time knitting for people who will love them.

    —jenknitsalot on July 17, 2015
  • After a few presents that never made it out of their boxes, I knit, crochet, sew or quilt to match the receiver, they’re happier and I have more time to do for those who truly like a hand crafted gift.

    —ckachel on July 17, 2015
  • The yarn would sure look nice made up in the pair of gloves pictured.

    —Judy on July 17, 2015
  • I really try to knit all my gifts most years, and all gifts are always hand-made

    —Heather K on July 17, 2015
  • I love to make handmade gifts for everyone.

    —Nancy Johnson on July 17, 2015
  • handmade heirlooms for a few precious few

    Nathalie Brault on July 17, 2015
  • Special people get my treasures.

    —Margaret on July 17, 2015
  • I only knit for people that I call knit worthy people. Someone who appreciates that I took my time to knit them something.

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on July 17, 2015
  • I consider each person in my life special. I always make each one a handmade gift, it may be for their birthday, or holiday or for "just because you are special day" (this is a day of my choosing)

    —Marlene on July 17, 2015
  • I usually only make a few gifts for some of the people on my list because of time constraints, not necessarily because they aren’t special enough.

    —joyce on July 17, 2015
  • I like to give handmade gifts to as many people as I can! I’ve already started on my list!

    —Paula on July 17, 2015
  • I don’t begin with enough time to do something for everyone on my list so I’ll just keep it down to a special few. Love the yarn!

    —Carol on July 17, 2015
  • Way too many for all to get handmade but as many as possible get one.

    —Linda Houk on July 17, 2015
  • I used to make gifts for all the females in my family, but a few years ago I switched to making only a few gifts a year. I was finding that making all of those gifts was too stressful, and now I can focus more on making gifts I know will be appreciated by the recipient.

    —Amy on July 17, 2015
  • I usually do hand made gifts for a few precious in my life.

    —Bridget on July 17, 2015
  • I try to make something for a Christmas gift every year. But unfortunately the timecrunch is such that not everyone gets a special handmade gift every year. Sooner or later things even out, though. Hope to catch up by next year!

    —Linda Towers on July 17, 2015
  • After many years of gifts for everyone, I am now making more special handmade gifts for just a few people.

    —Cegnfred on July 17, 2015
  • Handmade for special people, memories. Love that yarn!!

    —Kathy Whetstine on July 17, 2015
  • I like a few gifts for some special people.

    —MelodyJ on July 17, 2015
  • I tend to be selective when it comes to the people I make handmade gifts for. Mainly smaller items like hats and mitts or scarves. Anything bigger or more complicated?? That’s when I get VERY selective. And it probably won’t happen till after the Christmas rush.

    —Helen on July 17, 2015
  • I usually start in September for small gifts. I’ve been working on a Xmas sweater since last April though 🙂

    —Holly Mac on July 18, 2015
  • I make heirlooms for a small group of people because they take so long to make. 🙂

    —Carla S on July 18, 2015
  • Christmas is stressful and I have carpal tunnel syndrome so I don’t knit Christmas gifts because I never know exactly when my wrists will act up. Because of that I’m very selective with who I knit for and I try not to knit on a deadline.

    —Amanda on July 18, 2015
  • I usually try to make small items, like ornaments, for family.

    —Regina T. on July 18, 2015
  • Socks! Quick knit, easy to size correctly and will definitely get used by the recipient

    —Vera on July 18, 2015
  • I would love to do something special for everyone but will probably just do a few.

    —Rebecca B on July 18, 2015
  • I love to make something special for each person during the holidays. It just makes it extra nice and extra special.

    —anna donato on July 18, 2015
  • I don’t leave special knitting gifts for the holidays.. I knit when the notion strikes and give it.. no time like the present!!

    Denise Layman on July 19, 2015
  • Christmas crafting here if for the little ones. Sweaters for the four grands plus little crocheted or knitting toys for them and a few others.

    —Alice Doty on July 19, 2015
  • I would love to make handmade gifts for all my recipients of gifts but I can only do so much so it is usually just a few people who receive the gifts I make.

    —Maureen on July 19, 2015
  • A few handmade heirlooms is the way for me. I’m a slow crafter and only have time to make gifts for the ones who will really love them.

    —Connie K. on July 19, 2015
  • I usually crochet a few gifts for my friends and relatives. I only make gifts for the ones that I know appreciate handmade gifts and will keep them. They know the work that goes into hand made items. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Virginia Bronner on July 19, 2015
  • I try to make gifts for everyone, but sometimes I can’t find the time or the perfect idea (most often the teens).

    —Pearl on July 19, 2015
  • I knit for those that I know will appreciate it.

    —Ellen T on July 19, 2015
  • I make knitting or crocheting gifts for those I know will appreciate them. The cost of the yarn plays into my gift choices as well as the time involved as well. This is an awesome gift that I would use to make something for a family friend who is expecting their 2nd child in Sept.

    —Jennifer Essad on July 19, 2015
  • Gifts for everyone! It’s hard to remember that not all people understand the value of a handmade gift so I opt for the less expensive and time consuming option and give more people gifts.

    —Pamela on July 20, 2015
  • I make handmade gifts only for a few. Not everyone appreciates the effort that goes into them. Also, it’s not easy to find the perfect project for each person. But when I do, they always like them!

    —Sue H on July 20, 2015
  • I seek out special yarns and patterns to create heirloom for special people.

    Ranea November on July 20, 2015
  • I try to make at least 1 item for a family member And with a very lg family I have lots of choices.

    —Leola Deering on July 21, 2015
  • I’d do Zentangle for everyone (pen on paper artwork) for everyone, but something requiring yarn, I’d make for a special person, because textiles cost me more money and effort than Zentangle, usually. If I won this contest, I’d loom knit a pair of baby leggings for my cousin’s baby when it is born.

    —Sarah Hluchy on July 21, 2015
  • I like to do amigurumi for one or two special people, then hats and scarves and such for the other family members.

    —Lynne on July 21, 2015
  • Definitely handmade heirlooms for a few precious and very important people!

    —Renee Rousseau on July 22, 2015
  • I do like to try and have a handmade gift for everyone, it might be baking, homemade soap or other handmade goodie. This year I might make soap covers for everyone. If I won I think I might attempt to make crochet socks with this yarn. Thanks for the chance!

    —Sherry S on July 22, 2015
  • I make handmade gifts for everyone who appreciates them!

    —Sarah L on July 23, 2015

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