With only 11 weeks until Christmas we will be posting a series of last minute gift ideas. (although for me this is early :) These crocheted coasters make the perfect gift for co-workers, school teachers and grab bags. The greatest part of these Granny Circle Coasters is that they are all made using scrap yarn! So fun to make and can be done in less than an hour.
Yarns used: Sidar Flirt DK – silver, Tahki yarn cotton, Rowan Bamboo Tape and Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Emerald Green)
Pattern: Cladonia from Kristen Kapur.
I love this shawl from Through the Loops. It feels so nice wrapped around your shoulders. It’s going to be hard to give it away but I have officially completed my first Christmas gift for 2011. I’m proud of myself because I’m far ahead of last year. I think I started my knitted gifts in November last year. This year I started at the end of August.
I bought the yarn at a local wool festival and held onto it for a little while looking for just the right pattern to make. I’m so glad I have another skein because it’s warm and soft and squishy. I don’t think this will be the last time I knit this pattern, but looking through Kristen Kapour’s designs on Ravelry I think the Nefertem shawl might be the winner for my extra skein.. It was quick & easy and an all around enjoyable knit. It’s such a practical shawl too – it goes with anything. I won’t tell ya who it’s for, but I have to say – I’m a little jealous. My Ravely project.
As an oil painter I have a lot of frames hanging around my art room. Some are very beautiful but empty.
I decided to make an inspiration board to hang in my office with an empty frame, scrap textured wallpaper and cork board (cardboard works as well).
(Sample cards from Brooklyn Tweed, Tanis Fiber Arts and Quince & Co)
And on the other side of my office I do have a frame with an actual oil painting :)
My Dad always wore these ties and so I thought it was pretty cool when my husband started wearing them. Don’t let the idea of a tie fool you. I thought it’d be a quick knit but turns out knitting 60″ inches on a size 4 needle it’s going to take a little longer than expected. For now this is a project that I pick up and work on in between my other projects. The pattern is originally called Dennis, but I think it’s needs more of a Prep School name so I call it Winfield.
Yarn: Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk
I’m trying something new with this project – square double-pointed needles. Have any of you ever tried these before? I don’t have strong feelings about them one way or the other. I do think that I like them better than wood or bamboo but was originally looking for the Addi double pointed. Has anyone use the Addis? I would love to hear about your experience with them!
Here’s my Ravelry project
They are beautiful! As soon as I saw the pattern Peabody by Leila Raabe, I knew it was my next project.
A couple clicks and 6 skeins of Brooklyn Tweeds SHELTER in Hayloft were on the way to my door. The shipping is super fast and I received my package 2 days after ordering!
This is a quick knit and I always love top down knitting so you don’t have to sew the sleeves in after the fact. Something about finishing a garment and sewing the sleeves in that equals procrastination for me. I think it’s a great pattern especially if you’re a beginner knitter.
It’s great grab & go cardi especially for this time of year when you need something light to throw on. I added some length to the body so that it would hit at the top of my pants. I also added some length to the ribbing on the bottom and sleeves. I do have a few regrets with this knit unfortunately. I went down a size 5 to correct my gauge but in hindsight wish I had stuck with the size 6. The sleeves ended up a bit tight and I would have preferred it a little more loose. I grabbed this yarn from a local wool festival and it’s 100% wool which leaves it a little scratchy. Tight sleeves and slightly scratchy yarn usually means it’s not the first cardigan I grab from my closet.
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