A benefit of gifting homemade is helping to keep the expenses in check during this frenetic season. On a personal, more selfish note, I love the satisfaction I feel when I make things that look pretty and taste good.
Yesterday, I made the first trial batch of the Hot Chocolate spoons we plan to give away this year. I am using the recipe from Giver's Log.
These turned out great and I am very happy with the result. Now I need to work on the packaging and my production schedule.
Currently on my knitting needles is the Lis slouchy beanie, which is our gift to my sister, Nicki, who lives in Vancouver. It doesn't get as cold there as it does here, but I'm pretty sure she'd enjoy the warmth during the cool evenings.
In this picture, I'm about 60% done.
My brother, who will be celebrating his 30th while visiting my sister for Christmas, is also getting a hat to keep him warm. I still have to find the right pattern for him.