My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift  on a US 3 needle

DIY Holiday

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.

Another favorite:


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!


  1. Your Sanquharcowl is *amazing*! I’ve been knitting for 50 years and have never seen that style before. Can’t wait to buy the pattern.

  2. Beautiful work on the scarf. Love the splayed back legs in the exhausted Loki picture.
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  3. Black and white is eternally classy and elegant. It just gets better and better!

  4. I’ve done shisha embroidery at various times, but instead of mirrors, I use large Mylar silver sequins. You can buy them at almost any craft store. They usually only have one hole near the outer edge which helps to anchor it while you do the rest of the embroidery to hold it on. The advantages is that, unlike small glass mirrors or mirror fragments, you don’t have to worry about tarnishing of cut fingers.

  5. I still have one of those skirts, although most of the mirrors have fallen off. Looks like a cute book!

  6. Margaret Welch says:

    Totally smitten with the shisha hearts!

  7. Linda Swenson says:

    Does this mean it’s time to start my gift knitting?

  8. This looks like fun! Would love a copy! Thank you for offering !!

  9. Definitely another “woman of a certain age” here. I remember those embroidered flowing garments. Might have even owned a few. That’s an amazing blanket you’re making, and Loki is looking adorable, as always.

  10. Wendy, thanks for another give away. Looks like a magazine with loads of fun. Happy holidays to you and yours. NancyP

  11. Fuego Azul says:

    I love that you added your initials & the year into your cowl. There’s something so romantic & haunting when one stamps a handcrafted object like that.
    And thank you for yet another generous giveaway! There’s nothing like having too much to make! 🙂

  12. Kris Peters says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  13. Those star earrings are adorable!
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  14. This looks like a great magazine. I see stocking stuffers ahead if you pick me! Thanks.

  15. Oooh, I loved shisha mirrors!

  16. Susan Forman says:

    Thank you for this chance to win ! Really really waiting for your new scarf to be done love love the pattern.

  17. Your cowl is beautiful. And please enter me in for the magazine. I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful.

  18. That looks cool, my family is a crafty bunch so we would be interesting.

  19. I will need to look for that magazine. It looks great!

  20. What a cool magazine – so many fabulous crafty ideas!

  21. I want a mug cozie for myself!
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