It’s June! Less than six months until Christmas. Yikes! The only way to stick to a commitment of giving handmade is to start early and keep things easy. And that’s where this book comes in handy. Sixth & Spring generously sent me a review copy of 50 Garter Stitch Gifts To Knit. I don’t often accept offers like this. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to do it right.I said “yes” to this one because of the “quick & easy” part. I can make use of that. In fact, I managed to make a project from the book in between all the busyness! I chose the striped pillow and whipped up a 14″ version in deep Full O’ Sheep yarn. It just needs the companion chevron pillow for a complete pair.With 50 different garter stitch projects, you’re bound to find something for more than one person on your list. You may even want to make yourself something. Personally, I have my eye on the Wavy Drop Stitch Scarf.So if you’re trying to stay ahead of the game this year, consider making it easier on yourself and keep things simple.
Happy Friday, everyone! How was your week? We’ve made it to the mid-point of May already. I had really hoped to have more done by now, but unfortunately, stuff got in the way. However, I pulled together some fabric leftovers for our giveaway. Priorities, you know.The loot includes pieces from Tanya Whelan, Heather Bailey, David Walker, Tula Pink and Joel Dewberry–beginning at the lower left and moving clockwise. It’s an eclectic little mix of designer prints. I’m quite sure you weren’t expecting any Halloween fabric, but I made these bags for Free Spirit out of David Walker’s collection back in February.You can find my free pattern for the treat bags here. And my free pattern for the ruffled handbag here. I made a treat bag in Amy Butler’s Violette and you can see it holds plenty of treats. I have a couple skeins of yarn in there along with circular needles and the beginnings of a new project. (More on that project in another post.)It’s possible I’ll throw a few extra bits into the box before I ship it to the lucky winner. So…without further ado, here are the details for the sweepstakes (aka giveaway):
- Leave a comment on this post before the deadline to enter. Tell me what projects you have on your To Do list for the summer. Or at least on your Want To Do list. Or your I Can Dream, Can’t I? list.
- One comment per reader. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
- You have until 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time on Monday, May 18, 2015 to enter.
- International entrants are welcome.
- Winner will be selected by Random Number Generator no later than May 22, 2015.
- Winner will be notified by email and will have 7 days to respond. If winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and notified by email.
Good luck! I’m looking forward to hearing about your summer sewing plans.
Have a Happy Friday and wonderful weekend!
The colors for this block were Blue and Almond Pink. I chose these two prints from my Amy Butler stash. The pink is a bit more pink than “almond pink” but it will work nicely with the other prints from previous blocks. And it works perfectly with the blue print from Hapi, so the choice was simple. Only two more blocks to go!
I spent a little time with some easy knitting. I made myself a pair of wrist warmers. Just in time for a couple of 77 degree days. But the thermometer is already swinging back to normal, so I’ll be able to put these to good use.And I’m still carving out time to put the rows of AMH EPP together. Here’s a little peek at row three. The further along I get, the more eager I am to quilt this beauty.
The new year is off to a busy start here. While I have ongoing projects, like the EPP quilt top, there many other plans for new projects and stacks of fabric. I know the days will go by quickly, more quickly than I expect. My goal is simple. Do as much as I can and still have fun doing it.
Doesn’t sound too hard, does it?