Liza Prior Lucy shared this Renate Hiller video called "On Handwork" with me a few weeks ago. I think it's a really nice one to listen to as we start a new year.
I recently made this Subway Hat from Modern Top Down Knitting (out of one of my all-time favorite yarns, Worsted Hand Dyes from Blue Sky Alpacas). It's such a fun, quick project--and really warm with its fleece lining. Of course, as usual, I don't have a photo of me wearing it. But I do have this Christmas-y still-life shot. To me, in this photo, it looks like a red Christmas igloo with big flowery snowflakes.
Here's what the hat looks like on (in the photo from the book). So very chic (nothing like an igloo on your head).
If you really want to express your holiday cheer with handknitted gifts but are noticing that you're low on time, check out these quick, beautiful projects from Joelle Hoverson's books Last-Minute Knitted Gifts and More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts.
Baby Bonnet, Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, page 53.
Child's Rainbow Scarf, Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, page 57.
Pyramid Sachet, More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, page 22.
Seed-Stitch Bracelet, More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, page 25
Linen-Stitch Bookmark, More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, page 26.
Soft Baskets, More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, page 30.
Baby Bonnet, More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, page 39.
Big Lace Scarf, More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, page 41.
Kerchief Scarf, Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, page 45.
Kim's Hats, Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, page 61.
Spectrum Scraps, More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, page 122
Need we remind you that Crafting a Meaningful Home is a smart addition to your shopping list? Make one of the projects for someone special or give a copy of the book as a hostess or housewarming gift. (Check out Etsy and Design Mom for creative wrapping ideas.)
And without further ado, the schedule:
December 9 Not Martha Giveaway: Meaningful Items in Your Home
December 10 Papercakes Finds Project Share
December 13 Uppercase Contributor Spotlight: Lisa Congdon
December 16 Craftzine ...Book Review
December 17 True Up Fabric Traditions & Memories
December 20 ReadyMade Project Share: Family Banner
December 20 Oh Joy! ...stay tuned for details!
December 21 CasaSugar Interview with Meg Mateo Ilasco
December 22 Anthology Magazine blog Full-Length Video Premiere