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,

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Gift Crafting for Christmas - Sweaters

September is not too late to start a sweater for a Christmas gift.  It could be as simple as a sleeveless tank for your daughter, or a shrug for a little girl, or man sized pullover for a special guy in your life.

These are a few women's sweaters I've knit this year:

Togue Pond by Pam Allen,  Rotation by Ankestrick, and Telluride Aran by Amy Herzog 

Below are some cute baby and child-sized sweaters you could knit for a little one:

Little Hearts by Maria Montzka, Sunday Morning by Marjorie Dussaud, and  Fledgling Featherweight by Hannah Fettig

Lastly, here is the start of an Icelandic Zippered Cardigan I am working on for my husband:

 The pattern is Stapi by Védís Jónsdóttir.  It is a three color yoked sweater, and I will be using these yarns:

Christmas countdown, only 3 months to go....

Happy Crafting,

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Gift Crafting for Christmas - Toy Softies

I made cat stuffies for two of my granddaughters this weekend. They turned out really cute, and the girls like them.

 The pattern, by Linda Dawkins, is free, and is called Beans the Cat.

If you have a child on your Christmas list, a toy softie might be a perfect gift.  Here are a few designs available on Ravelry.
Bluebird of Happiness by Sara Elizabeth Kellner, Mouse Sleepy Head by April Lesley, Knit Sleepy Fox Amigurumi by Amanda Michelle,  Hamsterbeans by Emily Stoneking, Monkey Jacobus by Annita Wilschut, Tiny Amigurumi Owls by Kristi Tullus, Mini Sock Yarn Bunny by Susan B. Anderson, Sammy the Starfish by Stacey Trock, Dolly the Sheep by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk

Happy Crafting ♥