Unique Hand-Crafted Gifts
Learning to finger knit was my entre` into the realm of using yarn to create . Knitting along with a variety of other creative pursuits was part of the cultural landscape I was born into … hands were always busy making interesting and beautiful things. With that level of industry and interest modeled before me, it was most natural I, too, would learn to thread the needle.
I well remember the project in which I was allowed to use knitting needles for the first time; it was a yellow pot holder with a little loop knitted in one corner used for hanging. From there I moved onto to slipper making; they had pompom embellished toes… in the same yellow yarn. To this day, I could make those slippers in my sleep; I was so proud slip-sliding around the house in them. I eventually moved on to knitting hats and mittens and sweaters, but that was long ago. My knitting work was eventually was set aside to make way for my primary focus on sewing and tailoring.
It was during this past Christmas season that I had a challenging gift selection to make for someone special. I gave it good thought, but nothing seemed particularly fitting. It was only after considering making a gift that I was knew I was on track as it is in the making of something that the true gift resides, the gift of time and thought and effort. And so it was that I reached into my bag of tricks, dusted off my number 9’s and knitted a beautiful, one of a kind, Christmas scarf.
Considering her smile, I think she likes.
I’m knitting again. Since making this scarf I knitted two more and have yarn for number three and four. I’ll keep you posted.
Taking a Second Look
When I find a pattern I like I often make it up is more than one fabric.
I made this particular pattern three different times.
I loved the red wool tweed when I bought it, but never enjoyed wearing it al that much once I made it up into my Tomotu jacket. I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly it was about it, but I think it was the color somehow… I’m not sure. Or, maybe the buttons were wrong, I really don’t know what it was, but it just wasn’t a jacket I chose to wear very much. Last year I decided to see if I could “fix” it so that I could wear it. I thought perhaps the shoulder pads were too extended and I took them out and altered the seam line a little. That didn’t help very much. I put it back on the hanger and thought maybe it was time to let it go, but it’s hard for me to give things away that’s I’ve put energy into, so it hung in the closet for yet another year.
A few weeks ago, with the season beginning to finally change, I went out shopping to see what styles and colors were “in” for the fall season and I was totally surprised to see this color range on the racks everywhere. Hmmm… I went home and pulled out my jacket and took another look at it. I changed the buttons for an updated look and replaced the shoulder pads with new smaller ones. The transformation was amazing. I don’t think it hurt that the color is everywhere… nothing like collective consensus to help one off of the fence.
My next discovery was that I had a piece of silk velvet in my fabric stash that actually coordinated very well with the jacket. I picked up this lovely piece several years ago and haven’t known what to do with it. I don’t sew on velvet very often and have been a bit timid about cutting into it. When I put it next to the jacket , I knew exactly what to do with it.
And here is the result.
I love the fact that something I was on the verge of tossing out has been given new life in my wardrobe. It looks fresh and current and my beautiful new fashion scarf is frosting on the cake. What a great way to start the season.