It's December 2nd and the holidays are fast approaching. Hanukkah is only ten days away and there's lots to do and make. I've come to the realization that I will not be able to complete all the holiday projects on my list because I would rather spend more of this special time with my family. So I'm taking it slow, focusing mainly on quick, simple and useful gifts which I will be sharing my here.
Today I made this pillow out of a thrifted wool sweater. The sweater was already felted so I just ran it through the washer and dryer with my regular laundry.
Felted sweaters are very easy to cut and sew using the sewing machine. Two things that I leaned along the way:
1. It's much easier to cut the wool using a rotary cutter (rather than scissors). AND
2. The seams will lay straighter if you use a large seam allowance (1/2 inch seemed to work best) and then press all the seam allowances open.
Envelope closure on the back.
The best part is that I used only the front and sleeves so I can still make another gift out of the sweater back!
I'm knitting a simple seed stitch scarf using some yummy Malabrigo chunky wool.
Cast on 15 sts.
knit in seed stitch: row 1: K1 (P1, K1). Repeat row 1 until scarf measures 55 inches.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend I knit this very simple garter/stockinette stitch scarf out of Wool-ease chunky.
And because we all could use a little help over the holidays, I purchased these absolutely gorgeous gifts from Tonya at Natural Earth Farm. Visit her family's etsy shop here. I cannot say enough about the impeccable craftsmanship of these items. The memory matching game comes in the coolest crocheted bag and the coasters are so beautiful my husband asked if we could keep them for ourselves. We purchased our first branch pencil holder several months ago and we love it so much that I bought one for each of the kiddos' rooms.
Happy making everyone! And remember to practice moderation during this time of year - we're trying to keep decorations and gifts simple so that we can spend more time playing.