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It serioulsy feels as though everybody I know has had a birthday this month.  People need to find alternate ways of staying warm in the depths of Winter because the resultant avalanche of birthdays in March is a little overwhelming.  It might have been only five birthdays but it seriously felt like a lot more.  And despite my careful plans, it all snuck up on me by surprise and I’ve spent the last two weeks feverishly making things.  In fact, I’m still in the process of making one of those things and I’m on a bit of a deadline: if I’m not finished by Friday, then my dad is only getting half a present for his birthday.

It will be done.

It must be done.

It’s all been so quick that I haven’t even had a chance to take a photo of these gifts before I send them off to their new owners.  All I have left are reminders…

Odds and Ends

So far, I’ve made two mug cosies, half of my dad’s present and a crocheted coat-hanger, which was possibly my favourite.  You know you’ve done well when it’s particularly hard for you to part from something you made.  Luckily, I can make one for myself, but it probably won’t be for a little while as I’m looking forward to taking a tiny break from hectic making.

I had a plan, you see.  My work colleagues’ birthdays were entered into my calendar and I set up alerts to give me plenty of advance warning… and at some point over the Summer holidays, this all evaporated, leaving me with mere days to get my act together instead of the weeks I’d anticipated.  On the up side, I’ve acquainted myself with rough dates for upcoming birthdays and am preparing myself well in advance.  Months in advance, in fact.  One person is having a significant birthday and since I know exactly what I’m making for them, I see no reason not to start on it right now.

It would be good to work in some variety for the other presents, though.  I do have some ideas, but I wouldn’t mind some more.  So tell me: what’s your favourite thing to make for a present?  Bonus points if you can link me to a pattern.

In the meantime, I’m this close to setting off for a short stay by the bay with some of the Failboats.  I’ll see you on the other side of that!

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