Once I wound it up, I realized it wasn’t going to work for an accessory for me since it was too… lively for my tastes.
I was also a bit worried about pooling. (If only I had read this post from Le Tissier Designs then — I would have known exactly what to do with this yarn!) I’m not too stressed by pooling in infant legwarmers, though ;).
I may have time to make another quick project, but I might just mail these out with the booties, a card, and some children’s books.
In the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) signifies the official start of the holiday shopping season. In the spirit of keeping the holidays a little more handmade and small business and a little less mass produced and corporate, I’m sharing several holiday gift guides today.
Stocking Caps (child and adult size), my first published pattern from the December, 2010 issue of Crochet Worldadd some holiday cheer.
I just reviewed 60 More Quick Knits, which has some great knitted hat patterns, as well as patterns for mittens and scarfs. My favorite crochet mitten pattern, amazingly available in 8 sizes from infant to XL adult, is Heart Strings by Cathy Pipinich.
A handmade gift bag can be a wonderful addition to a handmade or store bought gift. These bags can be also reused, unlike conventional wrapping paper, making them more eco-friendly.Kathryn from Crochet Concupiscence has a great list of crochet patterns for bags in this blog post. The Mel Stampz blog has a list of 50 templates and patterns for papercrafts gift bags.
With all of this holiday crocheting and knitting, you may be running low on yarn. So why not stop by your Local Yarn Shop to celebrate Small Business Saturday? You can even register your American Express card in advance to get a $25 credit on your statement if you spend at least $25 at a small business on Saturday, November 26. Your LYS employees are guaranteed to have some additional project ideas and maybe even a few new patterns or yarns for you try out. (If you’ll be yarn shopping in NYC, check out my Visitor’s Guide to New York City Yarn Shops.)
Enjoy the first gift guide, and feel free to share your favorite gifts to make in the comments!