Holiday Knitting

featured

Tomorrow is the first day of July. The first day of the second half of the year. Tick tock. It's time to start planning and working on handmade holiday gifts already. I'm so great at planning ahead and getting everything made way, way ahead of time! No. Not really. I'm a last minute gal no matter how early I start. But. But. If I do one here and there, it's got to help relieve stress six months from now, right? Let's do it. Together. Let's get started. Okay? This … [Read more...]

Knitted Gifts

hat

Knitted gifts. I've said it before and I'll say it again: they're really fun to receive. But while I'm still (and may always be) a slow, inefficient and clumsy knitter, I've been enjoying knitting again lately with the idea of giving gifts to those I love. I decided to challenge myself a bit by taking on a more complicated pattern than I've ever attempted. I wanted to make a shawl for my recently widowed grandmother as a Mother's Day gift and I settled on a pattern called In the Land of Oz.  … [Read more...]

I’m Pretty Convinced

1

So, I'm pretty convinced that there is no better gift than something handmade.  Hand knits are especially wonderful this time of year and this one in particular makes me feel like snuggling everything in sight every time I see it.  Isn't it gorgeous?? It's my new iPad sleeve that my very, very dear friend Emily made for me.  Emily is the core of my knitting group that meets weekly.  We usually meet at my house, but rotate occasionally.  Most times, one of us will bring some kind of baked … [Read more...]

Double your pleasure, double your fun! *Winners announced*

Book_covers

During my last two visits to New York City, I visited two stores owned by two sisters. Located in ultra-cool SoHo, these two stores are where I would spend every waking moment if I lived nearby. The first store is Purl SoHo. It's a wonderfully small little place that seems to always be filled with knitters on the hunt for the ultimate in luxury yarns. The walls are lined in bins stuffed full of yarn in glorious colors and magnificent textures. It's easy to get lost in a whirlwind of project … [Read more...]