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November is almost up!! Time to start thinking about the December challenge!

For those of you who whined about a theme in November ( :) ), you can make the challenge whatever you want. No theme necessary - just let us know what project you are hoping to complete.

For those of you who want a theme, this month's SUGGESTED theme is related to the act of giving. Make something you intend to give away. This includes something for your pets, who often get left out of the spirit of charity. They give to us all year long, so maybe you can give something back. A dog sweater, a catnip filled kitty toy, a new cover for your bird's cage. Or you can make something for your local humane society.

Not into animals? You can make a preemie cap and or blanket to give to your local hospital. Or a nice throw to give to a cancer center or senior center, so people can have something warm to put over their laps. I am not a religious person, but I love the concept of a prayer shawl. Think of who you are making your project for. Make it and give it in the spirit of love, charity, and humanity. You get the idea.

It is the end of the year, so let's earn some karma for 2009, people!!
 

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I am totally into this challenge. I plan on making a latch hook rug for my DF. It is rather large (don't remember the dimensions) and this has been in the works since before Halloween but I just now am getting around to being able to do it. This gift is for his Yule/Christmas present and it is a face of a lion.
 

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I plan on continuing making things for the mitten tree at our Credit Union. I have 1 pr done and another pr half done. I'd like to make a couple of hats to put on the tree too.
 

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I am going to finish the for sale afghan and I have a fleece blanket for the queen bed that I need to get sewed (Material has been in the closet for 4 years).
 

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Well I am not giving up on November yet I still have 3 days,but just in case I don't get done-I'll continue what I haven't finished into December,and I'll add a dog coat for my friends little guy and some more hats and scarfs for our charity and a hat for DH to match his gloves.I will also sew some hammocks for the humane society and christmas bandanas
 

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I'll finish the black "batman" hat for my youngest nephew. I'm thinking of writing one of the local hospitals to see if they accept preemie hats, as we have one of the largest NICUs in the region. I'd like to make something for my furbabies, but I'm not sure what yet. I'll get back to you.
 

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I'm working on scarves and slipper socks for gifts. I'm not even sure how many I have left, but it is definitely enough to keep me busy until New Year's Day when we will have Christmas with my in-laws. (We will be traveling out of state for the holidays to meet my parents.)
 

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If any of you have any favourite charities that you want to recommend, I'd appreciate it. I still haven't decided what to make in December.

I *did* finish through row 15 of the latch hook rug! :)
 

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Found this pattern on "Hugs for Homeless Animals". I think even with my limited knitting abilities, I might be able to do this! :)

http://www.snugglesproject.org/content/view/40/32/

And my local county shelter participates in the "snuggle" project (and is 15 minutes down the road from me)!! :D
 

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I've quantified my challenge quota in my signature. Five (more) prs of mittens and three (more) hats for the mitten tree at our local Credit Union. I already have 2 prs of mittens and one hat. I only have until December 12th to get them to the CU before they hand them all out to local families in need.

I'm also going to finish the scarf I started for my Poppy for Christmas. I know my list is short, but it gives me time to work on other projects I will inevitably get drawn to casting on during the month lol.
 

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I am in this month. I bought the felt stocking at Hancocks to put together....I have NEVER done anything like this and am pretty excited. I am going to put stuff in it and give to a family we are adopting for Christmas.

I am also making my SIL a Christmas apron.
 

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VanViCam, that is a cool stocking! I am very interested in how the project goes. I see these advertised in the Mary Maxim catalogue I get, but they always seem a little daunting to me! :( Do you need a sewing machine to complete them?
 

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No madhen, you don't need a sewing machine. The kit comes with everthing you need (including the needles, thread, sequins, and WONDERFUL instructions). I do think that it will take me a little while. I am hoping that working on the project will keep me out of the stores spending money!
 

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Finish the polka dots
1 afghan
2 hats
2 scarfs
2 dish clothes

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If any of you have any favourite charities that you want to recommend, I'd appreciate it. I still haven't decided what to make in December.

I *did* finish through row 15 of the latch hook rug! :)
madhen,

I'd recommend the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation if you're looking for a charity; I found them on the third URL you had listed. I'll try to go back and find it for you. I live not far from Pine Ridge and know people who live "on the rez." It's a tragically impoverished area - and includes the poorest county in the country, I understand.

There are certainly many, many worthy charities, but I followed your URLs and this one caught my eye. Too, there was recently a huge power outage there for a week or more and many who were already disadvantaged had another blow dealt them.

Just a suggestion. I believe I will put aside my own afghan and try to make at least an afghan and a baby hat for them (I'm a slow knitter/crocheter! -- out of practice!).

~Mary
 

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Thank you, Minner77!! It is always nice to have someone personally able to say that a charity is/is not on the up and up. I tend to purchase a lot of my Christmas gifts from Southwest Indian Foundation, to support their efforts, but I will look up Friends of Pine Ridge as well, as see what I can do. I've driven onto a few reservations, and I've yet to see one that looks like anyone is living above poverty level.

I appreciate the point in the right direction!
 
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