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Photo by Jen Gotch from A Knitter's Home Companion by Michelle Edwards (STC Craft, Spring 11)


Happy New Year!

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.



Happy Holidays Subway Hat

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).



Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

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


Announcing the Crafting a Meaningful Home Blog Tour!

Take a break from holiday gift guides and join author Meg Mateo Ilasco on the Crafting a Meaningful Home blog tour! You'll find plenty of inspiration and some exciting surprises.

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.)

To find out more about Crafting a Meaningful Home and its talented contributors, watch this beautiful video produced by Meg and photographer Thayer Allyson Gowdy.

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 14  Dwell  Contributor Spotlight: Sian Keegan

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