11/28/2016

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Weekend Hookups

11/28/2016
Needlecrafts - Crochet, Weekend Hookups
Solid basic beanie | free pattern available here
Simple patterned basic beanie | free pattern available here
Getting a "headstart" on making gifts this season has never been easier.
Our family has for some time traditionally used the "Secret Santa" method for family gift giving.
On Thanksgiving, names are pulled for whom you'll buy a gift. There is a limit and unfortunately has devolved to gift cards.
My sister-in-law's family has decided to draw names but gifts have to be handmade.
This is a great idea and Josie is knitting a scarf for her niece's boyfriend. Some members of her family became worried, thinking they had no DIY or crafting expertise.
But in the end, this forces one to be creative and I believe the recipient is much more appreciative of what's been created.
All those trinkets that money can buy are lovely and definitely an easy gift to think about, but creativity has so much more value.

The quick and easy hats and headbands featured above are definitely a project to be made in a weekend and hopefully enjoyed for years to come.
Happy Crocheting!

11/22/2016

Needlecrafts - Knit,Crochet - Vests Gone Sideways

11/22/2016
Needlecrafts - Knit,Crochet - Vests Gone Sideways
Large image | Pinterest Ribbed knit wrap vest | free pattern available here
Nothing simpler to knit or crochet than a large rectangle with two slits for armholes et voilà you have a sleeveless wrap vest. The only things to consider are how long you want the vest, how big a rolled collar you want and how deep the armholes will be. Length can be determined from the bottom of the armhole to where you want the vest to stop. The deeper the armhole, the more the vest will drop. Do you like to wrap with a large collar (I do) or do you prefer the neck edge away from the face. A sleeveless wrap vest is great to throw on over another sweater, a light jacket making it a great accessory you'll want in different weights of yarn. The holiday season has pretty much creeped up on us but you still have some time to make one of these as a gift for yourself or someone special in the family. Think about texture and yarns with sparkle. Plain stocking stitch for bulkier yarns or simple relief stitches for lighter weights. Read further for different ideas to inspire you and how to get you started on your project gone sideways.

11/14/2016

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Floral Fantasies

11/14/2016
Needlecrafts - Crochet, Floral Fantasies
All inspirational images | Pinterest
Flowers needn't be sweet and cloying as you can see from the forecast trends. Think of backgrounds such as the actual headwrap and the neckwarmer in black, navy, grey, dark purple and even camouflage green. The flowers themselves pop out and make a statement while the background color fades into the neckline of your coat or the hair. For the most part, we have a tendency to choose lighter colors for the background whether it's cream or a pastel. Choosing a dark background gives the accessory a sophisticated air and quite frankly looks more expensive. Note that some of the patterns are for pillows but dear crocheters don't stress, you can stop whenever the flower looks big enough. Remember in this case bigger is better. These are quick and easy gifts to give yourself or the fashionistas in the family Read further and find the perfect flower to bloom on a headwrap, scarf or neckwarmer.

10/30/2016

Needlecrafts - Knit,Crochet - Sharf, Scarf and Shrug

10/30/2016
Needlecrafts - Knit,Crochet - Shrug and Pocket Scarf
Inspirational image | Pinterest
It's amazing how many shrug ideas I've come across that are different and practical but at the same time give you creative license to make it your own by modifying the design to suit your needs. Here is an idea where you can knit or crochet both the shrug and scarf or just one or the other. Think about attaching a purchased scarf you may have to a shrug you'd like to make. Gather all your scrap yarn, make a shrug or scarf or both if you have enough. Make the scarf long enough to wrap around your neck or shorter to button at the front. The sharf, a funny name I coined for this design is easy to wear because the shrug holds the scarf in place. On a grey winter day, it'll keep you warm as you're reading a novel or like me binge watching a series while crocheting. Read further for different ideas to inspire you and free patterns for both shrugs and scarves.

10/17/2016

Needlecrafts - Knit, Stitched in Memories

10/17/2016
Needlecrafts - Knit, Stitched in Memories
Inspirational image | Pinterest
Inspirational images - Jill McGee, My Favourite Things | click on link for more images
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.