Last Friday afternoon, my daughter came home and said, “My teacher
is having a baby. Can you make her a present I can bring in Monday?”
Sure, why not? While I was stitching away though, I
thought, “How swell would it be to have a stash of hand-crafted gifts?”
Mags Kandis' new book Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and
Crochet provides just that opportunity. A mix of crochet and knit
gifts, this book has several crocheted projects perfect for working up
in odd moments to increase your stash of spur-of-the-moment handmade
Here's a peek at some of the projects in the book.
Crochet Flower Brooch
The perfect gift for teachers or a friend in need
of a smile. The fineweight yarn here makes a 3- by 5-inch flower, but
you can make a tiny one with thread or a super-large one with worsted
or bulky. Work up a bunch to have on hand when the need arises.
||Gilded Mesh Scarf
This scarf is just right for that one skein of yarn
you fell in love with and bought, not knowing what it would become.
This beauty is worked up in silk, but linen or thin ribbon yarn. Finish
it off with a fringe of beads and you'll have a truly lovely gift.
||Colorful Crochet Flowers
I love these fancy little flowers! Not only
are they fun and cheery, but they are a great, showy way to turn tiny
bits of luxury fibers into a fun accessory (I do hate to toss that
yummy yarn, even when there's just a yard or so left). The fun design
lets you play with different color combinations, and when you're done
the flowers can become a key ring, a pin, bookmark or anything else you
can think of. It can adorn a gift or be a gift in itself.
After you've used up your odd balls of feltable wool to make
this perfectly retro bag, it's the perfect stash spot for the rest of your other leftover yarn. Add your hooks and a copy of Gifted and you're ready to grab it
and dive in whenever you have an opportunity to make a quick gift.
With Gifted in hand, you'll be on your way from turning your yarn stash into a gift stash.
Celebrate the joy of crafting and gracious giving with small but lively projects, all with personal design touches for an extra-special gift.