Guest Blog Post: Creative Design on Creative Holidays

Posted by on Nov 27, 2011 in Crocheting, Knitting | Comments


Let’s make it a Creative Holiday! 

In this guest post designer and craftsy workshop instructor Sheila of Creative Design shares her thoughts on why it’s wonderful to make your own holiday gifts.

Who doesnʼt love a hand knit or crocheted gift? So carefully chosen and made with
love! Scarves, mittens, socks, hats, toys, cup cozies, sweaters, blankets, cowls a
veritable plethora of squishy goodness! If you are lucky enough to get such a gift,
cherish it! In my knitwear shop, every item is sent with a “Care Instructions” card that
reads: Love me!…Use me!…Wash me!…Mend me if need be! I donʼt want anyone to
leave a hand made, knit or crocheted with love gift, in the box! Wear it out! We are
happy to make another, are we not?

We are a hurry up society! Instant gratification for all! Hurry up and get there! Hurry up
and leave! Hurry up and log on! Hurry up…the holidays are here! Maybe now isnʼt the
time to knit a sweater, but a hat, headband, scarf or cowl…can do!

Knitting can be a time to relax. Cozy up in your favorite chair, turn on the cd, tv, radio or
book on tape. Listen to the click clack of your aluminum needles as you knit or the
silence of your hook. Feel the wool in between your fingers as you happily knit 1 purl 2,
or single and double crochet!

Make this the year to give the gift of love! Hand made especially for your loved ones!
Try my Classic Cabled Cowl Workshop! Perfect for everyone on your list! Easy
beginner pattern that looks like you spent a fortune! Yummy vanilla cream for Mom,
daughter and sister to coordinate with all their coats! Cocoa brown, for your girlfriends,
to go with their new knee high boots! Vibrant red for your mother-in-law and the
teacher! Donʼt forget the men in your life! Classic black, navy or grey for hubby, boss or
boyfriend!

 

Whoʼs on my list? Lap blankets for all the nurses at my mother-in-laws nursing facility!


Pom Pom Scarves for all my girlfriends!

Chunky Mobius for sisters-in-law! Fingerless mittens for daughter! And a toy for a new baby! Cozy hat for my mailman….yes, he needs one after driving around with no side window on his truck!

Scarf for the boss, made using this FREE PATTERN:

Perfect for the man in your life! Thick, chunky, warm and in a great hazelnut color!
Measures 1 yard 24″ long by 6″ wide! Great teacher or boss gift or for the man who has everything! This will compliment all his winter coats and jackets! If he doesn’t like jackets, this scarf is super warm to help keep him cozy! Looks great with a sweater or jean jacket too! Wear it long or wrapped up like a cowl!

Great teacher or boss gift if you are very generous or in charge of a group gift! Just right for the hard to buy for man or woman!

Materials:
* 2 skeins Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in hazelnut or color of your choice 106 yards each. Any super bulky weight (6) will work.
* US size 15 straight or circular needles
* Tapestry needle

Instructions:
Cast on 24 stitches in your preferred cast on method. I use the cable method!
Row 1 Knit 2, purl 2
Row 2 Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches
Repeat row 2 until you have used most of the yarn. Leave enough to bind off. At least 3 times the width of the scarf!
Bind off in pattern.Weave in ends. Enjoy!

Make this the year to buy yarn, books or scarf pin from your local yarn shop! Treat
yourself to some new needles, stitch markers or yarn bowl from an Etsy artisan!
Then whip up your gifts and proudly say…”I made this special, just for you”! Theyʼll be thrilled, and so will you!

Comments

  1. Mary says:

    Lovely ideas!