December 6 – Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
This year, I began knitting things for each of my friends’ birthdays. On their birthday, everyone receives a heart-felt card and the choice of mittens, a scarf, or hat. Everyone gets to choose the color(s) they prefer as well. I use natural fibers that feel good against the skin and between my fingers as I knit – wool, silk, cotton, bamboo, merino, alpaca, mohair. I choose patterns that I think the recipient will enjoy wearing. I choose cables or lace or other little adornments that illustrate my skill and creativity. I am thrilled with how these gifts have been received – especially when someone sends me a text message to say “Hey, I’m wearing the ___ you gave me!”
Throughout the year I also made strawberry jam from berries I picked in June at a local orchard. I learned to make bread that fills the house with an inviting aroma. I learned to sew my first skirt – something I am proud of even though I kind of dislike the finished product. I made my own holiday cards to mail to friends and family.
For 2011 – I am determined to make my first quilt. I am determined to become a better gardener. I am determined to work more with my hands and less with my wallet.