Need a Last Minute Crochet Gift to Make?
I’ve always ♥ making (and getting!) handmade gifts, at any time of year.
There’s something so special about a present that someone took the time to make, large or small and in whatever type of craft it was created from.
I also ♥ crochet, although I haven’t been doing that much “hooking” 😉 in the past year. I hope to get back to more crochet projects in 2014.
I found this short but well done Christmas crochet book:
Christmas Crochet Done In a Day
over at Amazon recently and decided to give it a try.
Here’s my review from Amazon:
“Christmas Crochet: Done In a Day features attractive holiday crochet projects that definitely would be doable in a day or two.
IMO, there is nothing better than handmade gifts at any time of year. The crafts in this book would make excellent holiday gifts that would be well received by the recipient.
Instructions are easy to understand.
In spite of it being a rather small book, there are projects that would appeal to young and old, two and four- legged pals too!
As an avid and long-time crocheter, I’m glad I downloaded a copy of Christmas Crochet: Done In A Day.”
If you’d still like to make some crochet Christmas crafts but need a little inspiration, give this ebook a try. And do let me know what you make!
Happy Hooking and Holidays! 😉
Looking for a Quick Knit Gift to Make?
This pattern post has been getting quite a few hits lately, based on my stats, so thought I’d feature this easy knit project again, here at Veggies.. just in time to make for Christmas.
I made the one pictured above and am working on a couple for gifts right now too.
What I really like about this cover is not only how it looks but how protective it is too. Nice and thick because of the seed stitch used throughout, so it really cushions the ereader; unlike some of the other ereader cover patterns and even the commercial covers, that are available.
This pattern was one that I found over at Ravelry.
Laura, the designer has graciously provided a PDF of the pattern: Kindle_Cover
Just seed/moss stitch throughout, knitting in the round (p the k and k the p) to form this lovely, textural yarn fabric.
I used some wool from my stash. The yarn color shown is Fire Tweed by Lopi.
The only thing I am changing this time is to make it an inch shorter than the pattern. If you decide to make one of these, measure your own ereader and make the cover (up to flap) just 1/2″ more than the length of your ereader so it fits snugly. It will stretch a bit too, with repeated use.
Another tip, if using a wool yarn for this project, DO give it a soak in a wool/delicate wash detergent after making the cover and before using it, to soften up the yarn. I used Eucalan (click to read my review of that great product) and it softened up this yarn beautifully. Wool yarns can be a bit rough and you wouldn’t want to scratch the screen of your ereader.
Who needs to spend $20. + for one of those generic ereader covers? 😉
And handmade gifts are always so special.
Happy Knitting! 🙂