Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2016 - Year of Socks

One of my crafting goals this year is to finish 12 pairs of socks in 12 months.

I would like to knit at least one pair for each adult in my family, as well as some for myself.  (Children's feet grow so fast that by the time I complete a pair of socks, they have moved on to the next size).  

I am a relatively new sock knitter, and am still personalizing my sock knitting profile.  By that I mean, determining my favorite way of knitting socks.

Which brings me to some of the many ways to knit socks - top down, toe up, TAAT (two at a time), using DPN's (double pointed needles), magic loop, or small 9" circular needles, to name just a few.

There are also different styles and stitch patterns for socks -  standard gusset heel, short row heels, afterthought heels, rounded toe, wedge toe, lacy patterned, cabled, or just plain vanilla. 

Then there is the yarn.  Collecting sock yarn can be addictive.  There is an astounding variety of designs and beautiful colors to choose from.

Finally, socks are fun to knit (once you have the hang of them), are easily portable for on-the-go knitting, can be challenging, or as simple as you like, and make lovely handmade gifts.

So here is finished pair #1. 

I started them on Christmas Eve, and finished them January 4th.  The little Christmasy project bag is also sewn by me.

If you are interested in the yarn I used, or pattern details, you can find them on my Ravelry project page

Happy Crafting ♥

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Gift Crafting for Christmas - Last Minute Gifts

Less than a week before Christmas, and some of us are still rushing about for last minute gifts to give.  Here are a few ideas ladies in our knitting group came up with.

Hand paint an ornament.  Sarah gifted lovely glass ornaments with personalized images of a sheep, a cat, and a bowl of yarn.  She included each of our names on the back, the name of our knitting group, and the year.

Knit tiny socks as tree ornaments.  These turned out pretty cute, plus they used up scrap yarn from my stash.

Finally, my daughter made some really fun gifts by wrapping small items in a new ball of yarn.  She included the ball band so that we knew the yardage and composition of the yarn.  We had to knit through the ball to get to the gifts (which turned out to be personalized sew in labels and cute stitch markers). 

It's not to late to make those last minute holiday gifts for your friends and family. 

Christmas Countdown, a few days to go....
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Gift Crafting for Christmas - Stocking Stuffers

The time crunch is on, only one month until Christmas.  Here are a few gift ideas to make quickly, and stuff in someone special's stocking this holiday.  Three of these patterns are free, one is from a book you can probably find in your library (local or online), and one I made up myself.

I made a couple of these little tea toters by Julie Tarsha for my daughter and I to carry our tea to work.  They really come in handy, and are sure to be a hit with any tea drinkers on your list.

 Speaking of tea, lets not forget the coffee drinkers.  Knit (and crocheted) coffee sleeves are available in many designs.  I got this pattern from my library.  It is in Joelle Hoverson's book - More Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

Fingerless mitts are easy to make, don't take a lot of yarn, and come in lots of designs.  This pattern is available from Courtney Spainhower on Ravelry. 

 How about a faux beaded necklace in self striping yarn.  This one is done in pretty spring colors, but you could choose color to match the current season.  The pattern is by Susan Mills.

Lastly, how about boot toppers for your favorite fashionista.  There are lots of styles to choose from.  I crocheted these with a pattern I made up myself.

Christmas Countdown, one month to go....
Happy Crafting!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Totally Tutorials - Favorite Posts Part II

So many wonderful tutorials have been shared on my sister blog (Totally Tutorials) that it is hard to choose ones to share with you.  Following are a few of my favorites, in no particular order:

from LDP Blog
Turn an old unused book into a lovely planter 

Fabric Covered Foam Containers
from Hands On Workshop Blog
Lightweight containers handy for holding small items

Sketchbook Pouch
from Handmade Harbour Blog

 Carry your sketchpad and pencils along wherever you go

Craft Lace Bracelet
by The Craft Caboodle Blog

Make a pretty bracelet with inexpensive plastic lace

Reversible Girl's Jumper
by Blooms and Bugs Blog
 Not only is this easy to sew,but is also easy for the child to dress herself

I hope you've enjoyed this brief tour of some tutorials that have been featured over the years.  See hundreds more at Totally Tutorials.

Happy Crafting♥

Monday, October 12, 2015

Gift Crafting for Christmas - Charity

One of the women in our knitting group works with developmentally disabled adults in group homes.  She recently proposed that we make things for them for Christmas so that each one could have a personal handmade gift.  Both she and another woman in the group have a large stash of acrylic yarn we can use to make cowls, hats, mittens, and I have lots of fabric to make quilted pillows. We have been knitting and sewing up a storm, and having lots of fun doing it.

Below are a few of the items I have made so far:

Currently, I am working on another hat, and some washcloths to add to the effort.  I really like making things for a local charity, especially one in which one of our members is personally invested.

Are you making gifts for charity this season?  Please leave a comment and share what you have been working on.

Christmas countdown,  2 months to go....
Happy Crafting,