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    You might check to see if there are any knitters' groups in your area. There are two in mine, and they are fairly popular. Then you could go to one and find out if anyone was willing to show you the basics. It will take you only about 5-10 minutes to learn knit/purl, which is the foundation on which all the other steps are based.
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    Count me in on this one.
    I want to have 500.00 for extended family gifts saved.
    Gifts bought and wrapped by Dec 1, 2010.

    I will also save my banking points to use to get gift cards for holiday shopping.

    I currently have 60.00 in the Christmas 2010 envelope.
    Goal is 40.00 per month or 20 per pay period

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    I found out yesterday that our niece wants to cut out gift exchange next year. I am just as happy as that lowers my gift buying/making by three!




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    Check out you tube for learning to knit....I was trying to learn a stitch and found it on you tube. Worked great for me. Check to see if your library has knitting groups. They are usually very nice and helpful people. Even the craft stores have lessons sometimes and they are cheaper than a yarn shop

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    On the needlework challenge, I chose my two hooked pillows as my UFOs to finish this month - and that = 2 Christmas presents for 2010!! I think I will make afghans or quilts to go with them for the nieces!!

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    Today I picked up some wrapping paper for next year. I got a pkg that will be more than enough for $1.

    I always give the kids an ornament for xmas too so I went through my craft stuff and found some fake xmas snow, and glitter paint. I also have a box of clear glass xmas balls in my decorations that I never use. So I am going to paint snowflakes or snowmen onto the balls and then put some of the fake snow inside them. Then they will have their ornaments at no extra cost. I took all the stuff I need out so I will be doing them this month.

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    Great idea making the ornaments danni! I too have bought my DS an ornament every year since he was born. I am going to make his for this year! Thanks for the idea. I should have thought of it since I was in the ornament exchange but it didn't even dawn on me.




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    I went through the list of who I need to have gifts for this coming Christmas and noted ideas for them. Most of them will be homemade, with a monetary donation to the cause.

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    I too made my listlast night and jotted down ideas. All the young girls I need to have presents for will all be getting homemade bath salts and a set of earrings that I make. The adult women will be getting a set of hm dishcloths, hm scrubbies and a table runner, I haven't decided about the bachelor males yet. One likes to read so I will probably get him a book, one will get a food basket as I gave him that this year and he loved it, the other I am not sure yet. The kids will be getting hm pjs that hopefully I can make myself (one of my goals this year), mom a quilt and shawl, FIL a quilt. Not sure for dh or ds yet but will think of something!

    Now I need to get to work!




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    Found what looks like a doable cabled slipper pattern in my Mary Maxim catalogue. Now I just have to see if I can find it on-line. It is done with a bulky weight yarn, so the slippers come out much more "slipper-like" than most I've seen.y/
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    Those are cute madhen!




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    very nice pattern Madhen.

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    Thanks for the link Madhen! I might have to try those myself!!

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    I just got back from hunting out some Size 13 needles in my stash.
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    Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want. Anna Lappe

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