the tradition has been for the ladies to craft their gift. back in the day, you crafted for everyone. when we were up to 15 gifts, we let that
anyone who has been reading knows that my name will be the happy owner of a wine cardigan. it was touch and go there for a bit as they were all being scooped up, but i saved an extra special one. i knit it with hand spun and used buttons from mom's button box. add in a lovely finger lakes wine and voila, gift!
here's where i went off the rails. the kid's name draw could have easily become a gift card exchange. in the true spirit of the season, i felt that we should try to mirror the ladies gift and craft at least a part of the gift. (it seems i was under the influence of a sassy merlot when i came upon this plan) the young lady we have will get a super yummy set of flannel pj's and a pair of hand-crafted earrings. so far, so good. the young lad, well young lad should say it all. i knuckled under and went the itunes route, but then learned that he has taken to the slopes, learning to ski. well, that was all the info i needed to decide that a neck warmer would be perfect. the family agreed, but what to knit it from? i searched, fondled, passed skeins around, debated about color and finally had to admit that i didn't have any yarn that would do. stop laughing! yes, there is un-tallied pounds of yarn, fiber, and so forth on the premises, but i needed something specific. so off i went to the yarn store today and found a lovely alpaca/wool blend in charcoal. ideal for a teen boy at a price point that won't break my heart if he hates it.