First knits

Well, these are not exactly the first knits of 2018 but close enough.

I knit a pair of mitts for a dear friend a few years ago and her children love them and sometimes wear them.

So I knit a pair of mitts for each of them.

Crossed Cables – Shirl’s Mittlets knit in Yarn Bee Snowflake wool blend

Honeycomb – adapted from Unisex Gloves knit in Araucania Natural Wool

Owl – Who’s Owl Mitts knit in Cleckheaton

Bumpy – my pattern knit in Lion Brand Wool-Ease

Ziggy -my pattern knit in Lion Brand Wool-Ease

I hope they don’t fight over them…

Gift Wrapping 101

We’re probably all finished or at least down to the wire with gift buying and are ready to wrap (pun intended) it all up!

When I working in retail many, many years ago (20), gift bags were not the way to go.  One of my tasks working in the display department was to wrap empty boxes for displays and do the gift-wrap wall so customers would gladly pay for a “professionally” wrapped gift.  Trust me.  I was good at gift-wrapping.  And I learned a few things along the way.

Believe it of not, 99.7%* of gift recipients prefer to unwrap a gift instead of pull it out of a tissue-paper-filled bag.

What do you prefer to do? Unwrap or dig-for-your gift?

I thought so. You prefer to unwrap a gift.  Who wants to dig for their gift unless you are an archeologist?

So, here are my (ergonomically correct) thoughts on gift wrapping.

  1. Decide now if you want to wrap all of “John’s or Jane’s” gifts in the same paper/ribbon color or if you want to use whatever paper you have on hand.  If you decide on one particular paper pattern/color per recipient, you will need at least one roll of said pattern/color of paper devoted to each recipient.  Or specific color of ribbon.  I love the two-sided wrapping paper!
  2. Do NOT wrap gifts at the dining room/ kitchen table.  The typical table height of 29-30 inches is not high enough and you will hurt your back.  Do wrap at a 35-38 inch tall counter.  Your back will thank you.
  3. Gather ALL your wrapping supplies together: paper, tape, scissors, ribbons/bows, tags, and/or any other embellishments you wish/have on hand.
  4. Write out the tags BEFORE you wrap any thing.
  5. Wrap the BIG gifts first so you can use any scraps of left over paper for the smaller gifts.
  6. Tag each gift as soon as you finish wrapping it.  Seriously, you will forget even if you have a specific color/pattern of paper for each recipient.
  7.  Attach ribbons/baker’s twine/premade bows/embellishments to the package.
  8. Stack gifts under the tree OR hide gifts.

Good luck with your gift wrapping.

I actually do all of these things before I wrap any gifts.  I have learned the hard way to not trust my memory. And my back thanks me every year.

BTW, Mr. Aitch either gifts with gift bags or has the gift sent already wrapped.  Some people just don’t have the confidence with paper wrapping and that’s ok.

*made up factoid

Do you or don’t you?

black-fridayDo you take part in Black Friday shopping?

Do you do this voluntarily?

Or do you stay home and enjoy the day?

I don’t recall voluntarily shopping on Black Friday.  When I worked at a department store, I had to be there at 7:00 a.m. for the onslaught of shoppers.  Of course no one then would believe people would actually get up that early and go shopping. But they came in droves.  Now Black Friday begins at 12:01 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving and from what I’ve heard shopping takes a military strategist to plan the attack.

No thank you.  There is nothing I want that badly to risk life and limb.

So do you don your armor and shop-till-you-drop?

Birthday Wishes – October 17-23

The Birthday Wishes recap for the past week:

Two bottles of paint.  Perfect colors for some Christmas painting.

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Spicy Kettle Corn with all the ingredients.  I love kettle corn and this spicy mix will hit the spot.

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Vanilla Caramel lollipop.  Caramel – need I say more?

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Symphony Bar with almonds and toffee.  I have no control when it comes to chocolate and toffee.  Add in some almonds and there will be no stopping me.  I know I will eat this entire bar at one time.

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Colorful ribbon.  Nine yards of beauty!

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Constant Comment tea and honey stick.  A favorite of mine.

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Grape Tootsie Pop™.  Yummy, yum, yum.

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Only four more days of goodies.  I’m so spoiled.