Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Gift Crafting for Christmas - Pillows

Pillows are practical, fun to make, and can coordinate with any decor.  Think about making one (or more) as Christmas Gifts.  They are certain to be a welcome gift.

Here are a few designs that I found on Ravelry:

Cushion Cover with Cables by Drops Designs, Owl Cushion by Amanda BerryBlooming Flower Cushion by Lucy of Attic24; Sheep in the Meadow Pillow by Carol QuinnReading Rest by Frankie BrownStripes Brigade Easy Mosaic Throw Pillow by Liat Gat The Parkway Pillow by Fifty Four Ten StudioBig Snowy Owl Pattern by Purl Soho; Squares that Look Round by Steve Plummer

Below is a pillow I recently finished:

The pattern was inspired by the Molly Hat.

I sewed a pillow insert out of muslin, and stuffed it with fiberfill from my stash for an inexpensive pillow form.  The next one is promised to my daughter.

Happy Crafting♥

Friday, June 19, 2015

Gift Crafting for Christmas - Placemats, Dishtowels, and Washcloths

We are half way round the year already.  Can you believe it?  How are you doing on your Christmas crafting?

Here are some simple ideas for gifts.  Some take less than an hour

What kitchen wouldn't benefit from a dishtowel?

As you can see, this coordinates with the dishcloths shown above.  They were a gift for my daughter's kitchen.

Placemats take a little longer, but are worth the effort in my opinion.

Make sure you follow the patterns directions on what size to make.  Even though they may look big while you are knitting them, being cotton, they shrink quite a bit.  You don't want all that knitting time to go to waste by ending up with placemats that are too small.  (If that does happen, you can always use them for hot mats).

Here is the start of a set of 5 dishcloths that are on my needles this month.

 Happy Crafting♥

Friday, June 5, 2015

Totally Tutorials Update

Here are a few tutorials that have been on Totally Tutorials recently.

Check my sister blog out for a collection of tips, tricks, tutorials and how-tos on a wide variety of subjects.

Happy Crafting♥

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♥