I have in my greedy little paws a review copy of DIY Holiday: the Crafting Life, a magazine with 25+ holiday projects, including quilting, sewing, beading, knitting, crochet, weaving and mixed media. This magazine is available now from the link above, in either hardcopy or as an electronic download.
There are complete step-by-step instructions for each project shown. With the gift-giving season fast approaching, this would be a very useful magazine to have — most of the projects in it are pretty quick, so you could whip out some lovely handmade gifts for family and friends in no time.
As I flipped through the magazine, the first project that caught my eye was this:
Mug cosies! Aren’t they cute? They are knit with worsted weight yarn (They used Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted) and a U.S. size 7 needle, so you know you could whip one or two out in no time at all. Buy a set of plain coffee mugs, spend an afternoon or evening knitting, and you’ll have some really nice gifts in no time.
Shisha Ornaments! If you are a woman of a certain age (cough, cough) you may remember wearing flowing garments embellished with mirror embroider from India or Pakistan. These little hearts have embroidery worked on cotton fabric and are sewn together and stuffed. There are lots of illustrations in the pattern detailing the different stitches. I did a google search for “shisha mirrors” and found that they are readily available for sale, including from some etsy sellers, and are very inexpensive.
I also loved these:
Star Earrings! These are made from beads and beading thread, using circular peyote stitch and netting techniques. I love how delicate they are.
And there are lots more fun and pretty projects — accessories, jewelry, home items.
I mentioned that I had a review copy. I also have three copies to give away!
To be entered in a drawing to win one of my copies of DIY Holiday: the Crafting Life, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 a.m. Eastern time Sunday, November 23, 2014. I’ll choose three lucky winners at random at that time.
Obligatory Knitting Content
I am happily knitting along on my Sanquhar Cowl and am past the halfway point:
I worked my initials and the year in one of the “background” patterns just for fun. A lot of Sanquhar gloves were knitted with initials and dates in the cuffs so it seemed appropriate.
Obligatory Loki Content
Here he is, completely exhausted after a round of vigorous play!