It happens every year. Perhaps you ran out of time at the eleventh hour. Maybe a repetitive stress injury put you on the sidelines for December. Maybe he (finally!) gave you that ring, so he’s (finally!) earned that sweater. Whatever the reason, for many of us, there’s still a stack of handknits waiting in the wings come December 26th. And rather than show up to Aunt Nancy’s empty-handed, what about bringing a clever little gift that’s heartfelt, takes just a few minutes to whip up and is 100% handmade? Made from slices of felled Northern Michigan hardwood, you don’t even need to be a knitter to make one of these. Use an ornament as an IOU by threading the holes with yarn intended for a future sweater. Preschoolers can use these to practice their sewing skills—and make a special ornament for mom (or grandma!) And perhaps our favorite idea: you know the remnants left over from your baby’s first socks? They may have been packed away years ago, but you can bring out this ornament every year and reminisce about how tiny those toes really were. (If you’re knitting an heirloom sweater this year, consider buying a kit to make a matching commemorative ornament.)
This kit includes three perforated raw wood slices, three small balls of worsted weight wool yarn and an easy-to-read pattern.