Well, I FINALLY have some finished projects to share with all of you!
I’ve gotten into bad habit of finishing all the pieces for a particular knit or crochet project, then piling them up and taking forever to sew them together.
With Christmas just around the corner and some gifts still to complete, thought I better get moving and ‘bite the bullet’. So, this past couple of days, started to sew some of them up!!! My fav. saying: ‘The best way to begin is to begin’….yeah, like I have to keep reminding myself! LOL
Speaking of sewing up projects, is there anyone who really enjoys this part of knitting or crocheting? There are now companies that will sew up crafter’s projects (for a hefty price I’m guessing) so it appears that it’s a pretty widespread ‘hate to do it but have to’ kind of thing. Sort of like cleaning or going to the dentist eh??? LOL
What about you, do you finish a project right away or leave it to languish a bit before taking up the sewing needle?
So, without further delay. First, from the hook….
My first pair of mittens for charity, these should keep someone’s hands toasty and warm, made with a beautiful Lopi yarn:
I actually like making mittens. As is the case with socks, I never made any before this past couple of years but they really are a fun small project. I plan to make at least one set of mittens or a scarf, each month in the coming year, to donate to charity. Compared to some of the amazing crafting contributors I read about on several blogs, I guess 12 or so items isn’t a whole lot but at least I know it is a committment I will be able to keep.
On to the needles….
I had mentioned before my frustration with not being able to find a suitable hat/toque pattern for Joe. Well, with a bit of adjusting (I actually used 3 different patterns, a bit from each one’s instructions), I was able to make this set for him, in a chunky wool blend variegated yarn. Looks pretty nice really, the photo is a bit fuzzy but that’s just me shaking the camera LOL! Best of all, looks like the hat will fit just fine. It was amazing the patterns I tried(and then frogged…) that looked like they were made for a small child’s head, instead of a grown man!!!
(photo now available)
I know…. it’s out of….. ahhhem….Lion Brand Homespun but gee, it really is soft and plushy and nice! Especially in this broken rib pattern. Only change I made to this pattern was finishing all the edges with a single crochet row, to keep the sweater from stretching.
I debated about the buttons, what do you think? Too much of a contrast or a nice touch? These are a pewter brushed finish button that I’ve had in my notion stash for several years. I thought I’d give them a try on this sweater. This is another stash that I am seriously trying to downsize. 😉
Again, the photo doesn’t do this project justice. The yarn reminds me of crushed berries, it’s so pretty. Now I have to figure out what to wear with this new cardigan. I’m thinking maybe a denim skirt and a black tee underneath the sweater.
I’ve got a few more items to finish up soon. Now that I’ve started to put them together, I feel like it’s the incentive I needed to keep on sewing. It really is nice to see the finished results. I love the process of making different items but it’s also great to be able to wear them or give them away, that’s really fun too.
On out to the kitchen…..
Bright and Bold Carrot Hummus, one of the prize-winning recipe in the 2006 NJFV Recipe Contest:
This yummy spread/dip recipe post from the archives, has been getting a lot of clicks lately. A healthier appetizer (great with veggies, multi-grain crackers or mini-pitas) to bring to a party or to include with your Christmas menu. I never get enough of this recipe. It’s simple, very colorful and delicious. That’s my kind of recipe!
Wishing you all a wonderful week. See you in Blogland! 🙂