Life is truly about creating memories and trying new things.
Whether you have made a new dish, accomplished a goal or explored new territories, it's wonderful to somehow commemorate this event.
At one point you took a picture and compiled an album, now we take pictures, make videos and post these events on social media.
Declaring our deepest passions and what we have to say about them sometimes land on t-shirts with images and slogans.
On a much more personal level, it's marvelous to share and somehow illustrate all our favorite things, whether they be travel, food, our heritage or where we live.
When I saw Jill McGee's "All My Favorite Things" infinity scarf, I was inspired to write about this project.
There are so many delightful, personal gifts you can make for people you love - whether it's an important wedding anniversary or a child's journey to adulthood, there is something important to knit about.
Read further for helpful tutorials and videos as well as free alphabet and border charts to get you thinking about what you want to knit about yourself or someone near and dear to your heart.
Needlecrafts - Knit,Crochet - Berets Heading For Fall
All inspirational images | Pinterest and vogue.com
Odd balls of yarn leftover from projects always piles up in bags in my "room" where the yarn stash is.
The stash area is really part of the laundry room with a cabinet and rows of clear boxes on one side organizing my yarn.
As I work on projects, the leftovers are put in bags. Of course the yarn goes somewhere into the ether, because I never look at it again until it becomes a monster of a pile.
That's when I go on a purging binge and these bags get passed down to my sister-in-law.
Her husband has now warned me not to give her anymore yarn as it is mounting up and cluttering a spare bedroom.
This post on berets is perfect for this type of dilemma.
The hat doesn't call for much yarn and you can easily make the top one color and the band another.
So this is me turning over a new leaf, hopefully.
I am truly envious of knitters and crocheters who are able to use up every scrap of yarn they have.
Do these people really exist or do they give away yarn as well.
Well this post has 12 knit patterns and 12 crochet patterns ranging from classic shapes to the fashionable slouchy beret.
There is plenty of opportunity to dive into that pile and make a few hats for yourself and everybody in your family.
Fair Isle is traditionally thought of as knitted sweaters in wonderful stripes of colors either in part or covering the whole garment .
The latest fall issue of Vogue Knitting has taken the fair isle technique and given the featured designs a modern twist.
This issue is one knitters will be sure to keep in their library.
However, as much as I love knitting, I am an avid hooker and find, for the most part, crocheters don't get many designs with this technique.
Read on lovers of crochet because I have found designs you will surely approve of and definitely want to try.
Remember, this technique is not for beginners and I have included a library of helpful videos and links to teach and help you understand fair isle crochet.
In the same vein is intarsia or tapestry crochet which applies to shapes and using bobbins of yarn across the row.
If you are unsure of tackling this technique, don't despair. Included are a cardigan, pullover and hat that uses a lovely texture stitch that looks like fair isle.
There are lots of helpful videos, articles and lovely, free design patterns to try.
Hopefully you will be as inspired as I was putting this post together !
This has been one of the busiest summers, travelling and visiting family.
A trip to Italy was definitely exciting - a whirlwind tour of Amalphi coast, Rome, Florence and Venice.
Both Rob and I have had the opportunity to experience Italy before - on our honeymoon, with friends and on business.
This tour was with Rob's brother and his wife and needless to say we had an incredible time seeing all kinds of places we missed on our trips before.
We ate and drank our way through these cities and I was lucky enough that in Rome I celebrated my birthday.
As far as fashion goes every big city now has all the big chains, Zara and H&M being the most prevalent.
Still there was fun in the markets and finding odd pieces that will remind me of this trip for some time to come.
The coolness of Fall will be coming upon us soon so I thought this shrug was perfect for keeping away the chilly weather.
The shrug is a long rectangle with a ribbed collar, fast and easy in a bulky weight yarn.
A satisfying project to make for yourself and thinking ahead for gifts that will definitely be appreciated!
Finding a hat that suits me has always been hard and at times hysterically funny.
Trying on hats in a department store with a friend becomes a comedy show with both of us giggling uncontrollably.
But you can never lose hope and it seems that my pixie cut looks great with this style of hat and stylish to boot.
Admittedly it has to be snowing heavily for me to wear one but at least I now wear one confidently.
Bound and determined I have crocheted several designing the perfect one for my head - I am no longer envious of my hat wearing friends.
There are many styles to consider, some are fuller and others a little more square.
One important element is the visor, not too small and enough rows to look substantial.
Read further and find the perfect hat for you, I'm delighted with mine.