Knitting Can Be Expensive…and Sometimes, That’s Okay

 

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The Ashland Pullover via Brooklyn Tweed

 

Even though August tends to be the hottest month of the year, in the back of my mind these dog days of summer always mean September–and subsequently fall–is right around the corner. I immediately begin dreaming about cinnamon-spiced everything, changing colors, and cooler days. And, if I’m honest, I’m really fantasizing about sweater weather and getting a new woolen garment on my knitting needles. Continue reading

Quickie Valentine’s Day Treats

valentines-day-heart-cookies-close-upIt’s been an insanely busy week and so these quickie Valentine’s Day treats are the perfect answer to gift-giving for those of us balancing busy lives (who isn’t?). I made these for my colleagues a few years ago and let me tell ya–they truly don’t take much time to make. These petite packages are mostly about presentation and the fact that, at the end of the day on Valentine’s Day, it’s really the thought that counts. Continue reading

Handmade Holidays: 4 DIY Gift Boxes

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I’m a sucker for great packaging. In my opinion, a gift that’s been thoughtfully and beautifully wrapped and presented feels just a bit more special. As I look forward to gift-giving this holiday season, I’m also thinking about ways to make the gifts I give more memorable. Yes, it’s probably easier to simply purchase a ready-made box, but when you make it yourself, it’s a wonderful opportunity to customize the look and feel in keeping with the personality of the recipient. Here’s a short list of some quick and easy DIY box designs: Continue reading

Beating the Winter Blues: Classic Lace Cardigan

Spring is so close, I can almost taste it. There are only thirty-eight days left until the vernal equinox on March 20 (hallelujah!) and I’m already obsessing about dreaming of warmer, longer days and shedding the dark, heavy winter layers I’ve been buried beneath for the last few months. To get me through these final weeks of my first Pacific Northwest winter, I began working on a knitting project that fixes my focus squarely on spring. Continue reading