Have you ever made a gift that you don't feel was appreciated?
How many of you have had the following experience?
I Smell Snow Hats
For these hats I made a simple book with a two pictures - the yarn before it was knit at the Bigsby Bridge in California, and a picture of the finished project. Next to the pictures I included the following things:
Guernsey Baby Blanket
This blanket was knit for a niece that I knew loved the water, so I tried to knit the blanket anytime I was near the water. I put a lot of effort into this blanket, so I wanted to make sure she understood how much work was involved in the blanket. I made an eight page booklet about the blanket that I sent with the blanket to my niece. This booklet included the following items on each page:
I Smell Snow
This years Christmas Gifts for my nieces were hats based on the hat Lorelai Gilmore wore when she smelled snow. The hats were a simple pattern - 3" of a k3p1 ribbing followed by 7" of k2p2 ribbing. To make the hats special I planned to put a faux fur pompom on top of the hats. Luckily for my nieces, my dog Copper attacked the faux fur pompom which left me looking for a replacement pom pom in short amount of time.
I found these great pom poms from Lana Grossa at a Local Yarn Shop and they are the softest fur pom pom's I've encountered. In addition, they are attached via a snap, so you can take the pom pom off to wash your hat. They definitely made the hat. I have to thank Copper for helping me find these pom pom's rather than using the faux fur pom pom's I had originally planned to use.
Copper was kept far away from these new pom pom's, I wasn't going to chance her taking another set of pom pom's.
I have such great nieces because they truly appreciate all of the gifts I make for them.
Do you have issues with your hand made gifts not being appreciated? Stay tuned for next week's blog to get some ideas to make sure your handmade gifts are appreciated.
Airplane Survival for Knitters
This past weekend, I flew to Chicago to visit family for Thanksgiving. I love to knit when I fly. I tend to have very full bags, so my knitting project needs to be small and easy to access, which is why I always have a dish cloth in my bag. Here are my knitting and flying traveling tips. I learned the hard way, don't bring anything you can't afford to lose. One trip, I had yarn for a hat and a dish cloth. I misplaced it checking in and the yarn , needles and toolkit were never to be found again.
Last week I was finishing a project that required 4 rows on a size 6 circular needle and I was separated from my needle stash. I had to decide if I wanted to buy another size 6 circular needle or wait to be reunited with my stash. My husband is rubbing off on me and I'm starting to become cheap and I really wanted to finish my project, so I decided to purchase an inexpensive pair of needles at a big box store with a coupon for the 4 remaining rows of the project.
I learned a couple of things with this experience of buying inexpensive needles.
So the lesson to be learned is
Christmas Gifts - My favorite things
I know we haven't made it to Halloween yet, but before we know it Thanksgiving will have come and gone and we'll in a mad dash to complete our Christmas projects. My sister said I'm a procrastinator , maybe that is true as I haven't started to think about my gifts yet this year. Last year I gave my nieces a box of my favorite things. One of the items in the box was an anti-static wool loop.
I find this wool loop so much easier to use than a wool ball. Because of its size, I'm able to find it every time I pull clothes out of the dryer, so it stays in the dryer for the next load of clothes. I have a lot of silky work blouses that I wash, and this loop is the perfect way to keep the blouses looking nice and not full of static.
This started as a cowl that was washed and accidentally felted one day. So that pattern is pretty simple.
Hand Knit Christmas Cards
I was perusing an old Debbie Bliss magazine I purchased in Fall of 2010. It was called Fair Isle Revisited. The magazine is dedicated to all things Fair Isle. The pattern for the Fair Isle Duffel I've been knitting came from this magazine. One of the items I found in the magazine was a Christmas Card. How much fun would it be to receive a hand made knitted Christmas Card that can later be used as a Christmas Coaster.
The Christmas Card can be found on Ravelry for $5.00
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At Long Tail Yarn, we would like to do something to help bring awareness to breast cancer and to help a good cause. We have chosen to support an organization called Knitted Knockers as part of our breast cancer awareness month. Knitted Knockers is an organization that provides special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. These knockers are knit or crocheted using specific yarn and patterns that have been proven to make the most comfortable knockers.
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and forever, Long Tail Yarn is providing the following to knitters and crocheters of knockers.
Knitted knockers has a page on their website with patterns and videos for making the knockers.
After a month of rain, we were blessed with an absolutely gorgeous weekend. We couldn't have asked for a better weekend to say good bye to summer. It was a work weekend for the guys, they had to take the boats and docks out of the lake. When I wasn't cooking or baking for my workers, I was able to spend the day on the deck knitting.
The apples are perfect and the colors are gorgeous and the weather is perfect for knitting with wool.
Three times is a charm
This week I started knitting a new duffle. I'm combining a couple of patterns that I've knit before, so I thought this would be an easy project to start and finish this week. I intended to have it available for this weeks video and am planning to put a kit together as soon as I finished the bag. The problem is it took three times to get the base right. On Thursday's knitting at Goat Ridge Brewery I realized after 2 hours of knitting I hadn't read the direction properly and ripped it out. Friday night, I was sure I'd read the directions this time and duplicated the same problem as Saturday. Yesterday, it was an absolute picture perfect day in Minnesota, and this time I did read the directions and the base is made. This week I plan on finishing the duffel and having the kits and pattern available for next week. Pictures to come once I get further along with the project.
What is your favorite needle
I'm in the process of putting together my needle order. I'm curious - what is your favorite needle style? My favorite is wood circular needles. I tend to prefer needles that are not interchangeable. Let me know in the comments what you prefer.
I'm so excited about the 10 new Jerry Ertle Yarn Bowls we received this week. I love all of the great features of these bowls:
Every Yarn bowl is unique
If you had a bowl, what would you put in it? My bowl currently contains bamboo for a dish cloth I'm knitting.