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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Time Is Definitely Running Out

If you're planning on giving homemade gifts this year, you are definitely running out of time!

Unless you're a super-speedy knitter, you probably shouldn't start on a project larger than a scarf or a set of mittens. Or, you could start one of the projects found in One-Skein Knitting: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet by Leigh Radford [746.432 RAD]. The children's room also has a knitting book, Quick Knits by Judy Ann Sadler [J 746.432 SAD]. Since it is written for kids, it probably has a few projects that can be done with a minimum of time and skill. If you use more sophisticated materials, such as a jeweled button, even a kids' wallet can be made chic!

Check our catalog using the search term "two hour" and you'll find a bunch of books with projects that take a mere two hours to complete. But, to be on the safe side, I'd double the time suggested. Even at four hours, there's still time to complete one or two gifts in time for Christmas. The Encyclopedia of Two-Hour Craft Projects [745.5 ENC] offers the greatest variety of gift items.

Another good search term to use in our catalog is "weekend," which will lead you to books such as the Encyclopedia of Projects for the Weekend Crafter [745.5 ENC] or 24 Weekend Projects for Pets: Dog Houses, Cat Trees, Rabbit Hutches & More by David Griffin [690.89 GRI].

Head down to the library now while there's still some time left to browse, AND, to get started on a project.


  1. Maybe since I write about a time when children were happy to get an orange for Christmas, I really like the idea of making gifts rather than pouring money into buying. Projects For Pets is a new one on me....

  2. My favorite gift, for almost any occasion, is chicks or ducks or bees from Heifer Project.