Gifting No. 12 : GAPtastic Cowl

The Gifting Series is where I try to give back, in my own little handmade way, to the people in my life that are important to me. All Gifting posts can be seen here.

When I cast on for this project, I had a few ideas on who to give it to but nothing concrete. Then, all kismet like, I got a message from my cousin and just knew this cowl was meant for her. Off it went to the snowy wilds of Michigan. The pattern is the GAP-tastic Cowl. You've no doubt seen it on Ravelry. You've probably made one (or two!) yourself. If not, you should. 

Found on Ravelry here.

SHOP : Update (and aN Instagram Giveaway)

The shop listings have gone live! Somewhere in the shuffle, this lone skein lost its information. I know it's one of the ethical bases I tested out but I can't find the original label or narrow it via the process of elimination. Since I'm not certain of the info, I'm not going to put it in the shop but instead, give it away! I'm running the giveaway via my Instagram account, so you'll need to be a member to enter. All rules are at this post here.

GIFTING No. 10 + 11 : Green Forest and Henny

The Gifting Series is where I try to give back, in my own little handmade way, to the people in my life that are important to me. All Gifting posts can be seen here.

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When my Grandma was in her final months, she complimented my Godmother on her headband. Off it came and was handed across the dining room table. "Here. You can have it," said my Godmother. That sums her up quite perfectly. She is easily one of the most generous and thoughtful people I know--always remembering little details and going out of her way to find ways to help and give.

A headband/earwarmer like this really suits her, and tied with the story above, I knew it'd be a perfect gift. Ideally, a jewel toned color would be best but I went with my own dyed yarn (mixed berries) since she's always been a big supporter of mine. The pattern is called Green Forest, which is free and very simple.

Also knit in December to be gifted was a Henny Hat. This one was for my Aunt, another supporter of mine. (Hey, I've got a lovely family!) I know we are all equally Irish, but she might have a wee bit more Irish in her blood than the rest of us. So, the last bit of Knit Pick's Preciosa in the Bonsai colorway was my choice for her. Two skeins made three hats. This one, a simple beanie with a pom pom and a Kathleen.

Ravelry notes here and here.

SHOP : Update Preview

If you follow me on Instagram, you've no doubt seen sneak peeks of the goods coming on the 29th. Last week I shared some aprons that will be available. But there are also five skeins of yarn. (Hopefully more than that, time willing!) A ton of mini skeins (seen above.) Tote bags. Project bags. Lavender sachets are back. I'm even offering some discounted "dead stock" from a couple years ago--tops and tanks that were prototypes of future designs. (My plan is to release a line of tanks, skirts, and dresses this summer!) Swing by the shop periodically this week to catch new listing previews. They will go live this Friday, January 29th at 11 AM US EST. 

HISTORY : In My Grandma's Sewing Basket

After my Grandma passed away last year, all I requested of hers were a few things with sentimental value: a Virgin Mary figurine, a couple of aprons, a stack of cookbooks, a small milk glass dish, and her sewing basket.

Many years ago, she knocked on my sewing room door, which butted against her kitchen in the basement, and invited me in. "I have something for you." She had laid out the contents of her sewing basket on her bed. We went through it together, putting back what she thought she might still need and giving me the rest. Old buttons, half empty spools of thread, a little wooden needle holder, a patchwork pin cushion.

Afterwards, the basket was tucked back in its usual spot behind the couch. She rarely opened it. Every once in a while, I'd thread a needle for her but mostly either my Mom or I offered to do any repairs or mending for her. Now that basket sits in my sewing room. I open it occasionally, just to see and touch all the little notions and supplies and think of her.

SEW : Aprons

These butcher's style full aprons have been a favorite for many years. They are, obviously, perfect for the kitchen, a quick run to gather eggs from the coop or veggies from the garden, and to keep your clothes neat from the bits of thread that waft while sewing. And, at the end of the day, these aprons can easily be tossed in the washer, ready to tackle another day.

You can make your own, via my tutorial here, or, if you're not a sewer or lack the time, grab one of these in the next shop update.