Friday, May 1, 2015

Gift Crafting for Next Christmas - Shawls and Shawlettes

Prayer shawls, shawlettes for the office, cozy cover-ups, delicate lace for dressing up.  Shawls can be all of these things.  Plus, they are fun and interesting to knit.  If you search for "shawl" patterns on Ravelry, over 36,000 designs come up.  That is a lot of variety of styles, sizes, and shapes!

Shawlettes will make a great addition to your Christmas gift trove, should you choose to make some.  Most women will love them, and the more manly designs are slowly starting to appear in male attire as well.  They are a versatile accessory that can add charm and style to an outfit.

Pictured (top left to bottom right) are the Piper's Journey by Paula Emons-Fuessle , Pebble Beach Shawlette by Helen Stewart ,  Gallatin Scarf by Kris Basta, Endless Rainbow by Martina Behm,  Menehune by Mel Ski,  Brickless by Martina Behm, New Oaklet Shawl by Megan Goodacre, and another  Brickless by Martina Behm.

The last two (pictured below) are currently in progress on my needles:  Swedish Spring by Maria Montzka, and  Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis. 

Only 8 months until Christmas.
Let's get crafting♥

Monday, April 6, 2015

Another Recycled Coffee Can Idea

Awhile back, I posted a tutorial on knitting a cozy and using a Folger's plastic coffee canister to make a knitting bowl. It is a handy size for a small project, and can be tucked inside your purse or suitcase for travel knitting.

While planning a birthday gift for a member of our local knitting group, I revisited the idea from a different angle.  This time I used purchased rhinestones, glitter letters, and duct tape to decorate the canister.

Unfortunately, I did not photograph the process, but here are the basic steps:

  • Purchase glitter letter, rhinestones, super glue, and a sheet of duct tape from your local hobby store.  I used black and silver embellishments to compliment the red of the canister, but many other options are available.
  • Peel off label, and wash and dry canisters.  You may need to use vinegar or lemon juice to get rid of any lingering coffee smell.
  • Cut sheet of duct tape in pieces to cover lid, and any lingering adhesive strip from the can label.  I used a circle cutter to cut the piece for the lid, but you could trace the size on paper, and then cut with regular scissors too.
  • If desired, punch a hole through the lid for yarn to feed through.
  • Add lettering of your choice.  It could be a personalized message, a favorite saying, or simply the words "knit" and "purl."  You may have to use super glue if you choose raised cardboard lettering as I did.
  • Add rhinestones to lettering and duct tape design for flair.  Of course you could also add other stickers, or cover the whole can with duct tape or adhesive fabric.  The possibilities are endless.

 I am thinking of adding to the gift by embellishing a black 3 ring binder in a coordinating design, and including vinyl sleeves for her knitting patterns inside.

Happy Crafting♥

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Gift Crafting for Next Christmas - Hats

Hats are probably my favorite quick knitting project.  They can be mindless stockinette or garter stitch, more complicated with lace and cables, or colorwork patterns.  They can be slouchy, beanie style, tams, or cloches.  And because of their stretchy nature,  one size will fit most heads.  This makes them great for gift giving.

Here are a few recent projects from my needles.

Patterns (top left to bottom right): Cable Rouge, Molly, Sockhead Hat, Graham, Rikke Hat, Wurm, Christian's Hat, Man's Hound's Tooth Hat.  With the exception of the Man's Hound's Tooth Hat, all are free patterns on Ravelry.

Lastly, this is the hat currently on my needles:

It is a colorwork hat by Maria Montzka called Södermalm.

Only 9 months until Christmas.
Let's get crafting♥

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Gift Crafting for Next Christmas - Socks and Slippers

Few things feel as good as handmade socks and slippers on your feet.

Show your love to family and friends by knitting cozy and comfortable footwear like those shown above.  I am a new sock knitter, so these are very basic patterns.  The designs used are all free patterns on Ravelry - from top left to bottom right: Two Toe Up Socks on One Circular Needle by Kristin Bellehumeur, 142-40 Lollipop by Drops Design, Simple Garter Stitch Slippers by Handepande, Yoga Socks #153 by PatonsSilver's Sock Class by Kristin BellehumeurMr. Pitt's Socks (aka Dad Socks)  by Kaitlyn Wong.

Only 10 months left until Christmas,