If you knit or crochet on a regular basis like I do, I’m guessing you’ve also got a big stash of leftover yarns that are languishing in a craft tote or two (maybe three or four?) 😉
I had a browse around Ravelry a couple of weeks ago, looking for ways to use up my own stash and found these two lovely tote patterns, one crochet and one knit.
Thanks to designer: Kathy North for allowing me to share the photo and pattern of her Stash Bustin’ Tote, pictured above.
It’s an easy pattern, so if you don’t have a lot of crochet experience, this would be a good project to tackle, to hone your “hooking” skills. 😉
The other stash-busting tote that I really liked, was this one: Girl About Town, designed by Joanne Yordanou.
This one is knit and again, an easy pattern that would ideal for beginners.
Thanks Joanne for allowing me to share your tote pattern/photo here too!
Both of these patterns are currently free, so it’s a great time to download copies for yourself!
Ravelry is so amazing! So many talented designers over there, sharing their work, often for free or for a very nominal charge. I ♥ it!
I hope to make one or both of these soon. I NEED a new tote bag, badly!!
Happy Crafting and Week, G
PS: If you are over at Ravelry, do stop by my page too, to see some of my finished projects and say hi! Hope to see you there. 🙂
There’s still time! 😉
I found this eBook over at Amazon today, with 41 assorted Valentine’s crafts, for the whole family to make.
Included in this collection is a lovely Valentine’s Day Shawl (crochet).
That pattern alone was worth the .99 this eBook cost. 😉
I also really like the:
-Rose Bouquet Ball
-Valentine’s on a Stick
-Vintage Spool Valentine
I think it’s so special to make gifts for those we ♥.
Even if it’s just a special cake or card, if it’s made with ♥ and comes from the heart, it’s worth more than any store-bought gift could ever be.
Are you planning to make any gifts for Valentine’s Day?
I hope this post/eBook will inspire you too! 😉
Happy Crafting and Weekend!
How cool is this?? 😉
I love re-purposing clothes and other items, so much better than them ending up in the trash bin.
Happy Crafting and Weekend, G
I shared the FREE Interweave ebook that included these easy to make slipper-socks/booties, a while back.
Since then, I’ve made two pairs, these blue ones for me and an orange and brown pair for Joe.
What a fun pattern and definitely easy enough for a beginner to follow. And of- so- toasty warm too. 😉
I like the design of these, with the sock-style cuff. They stay up a lot better than some other booties I’ve made in the past.
If you’ve got cold tootsies and ♥ booties like I do, or are looking for a pattern for someone who does, check this one out.
Children to men’s sizes in this pattern and some other very nice accessories included in this ebook too.
As knit booties/slippers have a tendency to stretch, better a bit snug fit to begin with than too loose.
Let me know if you give them a try!
Happy Knitting. 🙂
I ♥ doing knit cables! 🙂
If you’ve never tried them, they are actually a lot easier than they look.
Hope you enjoy this lovely collection of cable knit patterns, courtesy of Fiesta Cat Yarn Co.
I think the wreath is my fav. 🙂
Cabled Yoke Pullover (Patons)
Cable & Seed Socks (Tina Lips)
Cables & Lace Afghan Square #7 (Kay MacLaury)
Cable Cozy (Brandice Allen)
Cabled Front Cardigan (Kathy Perry)
I ♥ handmade and heartfelt gifts, to give and to receive.
Made with ♥, special and one of a kind gifts. Also, giving of our time, in big and small ways. Treasures and memories that will be enjoyed and remembered for years to come.
Gotta ♥ all those reasons and more. 😉
On the eve of Black Friday, I thought I’d share some suggestions here at Veggies…for easy to make handmade gifts and other ideas, just in time for Christmas.
What is your fav handmade gift that you’ve made for someone or received?
From the kitchen:
Knit and Crochet:
Giving of Your Time and Talents
(the most special gifts of all, IMO) 🙂
-Volunteer to read to someone on a regular basis who is blind or vision impaired.
-Spend a day exploring winter’s wonderland with a child in need. Perhaps a way to also give a single parent a much-needed break.
-Befriend a older person at a care home who has no family or friends that regularly visit.
-Knit prayer shawls and give them to recipients personally, throughout the year.
Offer to help a neighbor who is living alone with some household chores like: snow shoveling, small home repairs, bringing over a fresh plate of cookies…There are a lot of lonely people out there and the holiday season is a particularly difficult time for many people.
-Volunteer to take calls at a local crisis center.
-Volunteer to help with a local literacy program.
-Plan small gifts to give as random acts of kindness: to people you meet on the streets, delivery people, letter carriers, clerks at stores you regularly shop at…and watch their faces light up with your thoughtful gesture.
Some suggestions: Coffee cards, a stack of fresh cookies tied up in a small gift bag, lip balms to help with winter chapped lips, simple hand-knit scarves, good-quality chocolate bars.
Aren’t these pretty? I love apples! And what a perfect motif for fall/winter projects too! 😉
I’m knitting a lacy shawl in a lovely mauve yarn and a varigated cowl-type hat right now, what about you? Anything on the hook or needles? 😉
Apple Hat (Ariel Zusya Benjamin)
Apple Surprise Dishcloth (Melanie Thompson)
Apple Cozy (Jennifer McCann)
Apple Washcloth (Susan B. Anderson)
Apples (Stana D. Sortor)
Apple a Day Newborn Hat (epipa design)
Apple Fair Isle (Nett Hulse)
Apple Tree Blanket (Martin Storey)
Striped Apple (Ala Ela)
Apples to Apples (Natalia Moreva)
As any of my regular Veggie….readers already know, I’m a big fan of Knitting Daily.
I’ve shared a few of their free eBooks here in the past and today noted this one for a Lace Knitting collection that is oh so pretty. (click link to get your own copy of this free eBook).
Don’t you just ♥♥ that mauve shrug?
I’m going to put that on my very long list of knit projects I want to make. 😉
What are you making right now?
I’m working on a (fairly easy) autumn lace shawl that’s going very well. I’ll be sharing a pic soon along with a review of the yarn I’m using for that project.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this free collection of lace patterns from Knitting Daily.
Happy Knitting and Crafting!!!
I just noted a pattern offer over at KnitPicks for:
52 weeks of Free Dishcloth Patterns
I know I need to knit/crochet some more as the ones I have right now are looking pretty tattered! 😉
Some very cute patterns to pick from in this collection and best of all, they are free!
You can check out the link to all the patterns here.
And if you have a fav dishcloth pattern to knit/crochet, do share a link to the pattern if you can, thank you! I’m always looking for knit-inspiration. 😉
Fall definitely is on the way, my fav season of the year. 🙂
Here are some lovely autumn “finds” from the Fiesta Cat Yarn Co. blog.
What is your favorite season and why?
Solid Jersey Twist Headband (ThreeBirdNest, $24)
Vintage Cardigan Sweater (Raxclothing, $30)
Crochet Apple Cozy (According To Panda, $12.34+)
Knitted Mug Cozy (TheLeftHandedHooker, $14.50)
Cozy Fleece Throw / Stadium Blanket (Doodlegirls, $22)
Cacao Chokola Hot Chocolate Mix (flyingbirdbotanicals, $8.75)