Tuesday, February 15, 2011


"Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."
(Franklin P. Jones)

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day! Did you know that exchanging Valentine greetings dates back to the 1400s? V-Day is still for lovers, but it can also be a time to celebrate all the loves of our lives, including friends, family, and children. I miss those cute classroom cards, flowergrams, and candygrams.

This year, I made some sweet and simple little Valentines using plain cards, stickers, and stamps, and I would have made many more if I hadn't run out of supplies. Married or single, it feels nice to send or receive a heartfelt card of any kind... especially if your or your gal pal's 14th of February is "rotic," i.e. romantic without the man.

And what's Valentine's Day without chocolate? I had clear favor cones left over from a bridal shower, so I filled them with both milk and dark chocolate M&M's in a pretty color palette. I planned to bring them to church, but since I was feeling under the weather and stayed home on Sunday, I gave them to my coworkers instead.

Will You Be My Valentine?

Layered and glittered dahlias
Textured and beaded dogwoods
Individualized stamped expressions

Sweets For The Sweet

Pink, red, purple, and white M&M's

{Candy supplies: Beau-coup clear favor cones; M&M's milk chocolate and dark chocolate candies; Light pink curling ribbon / Card supplies: Recollections 3 1/2" x 4 7/8" off-white cards and envelopes; Martha Stewart Crafts dahlia and dogwood branch stickers; EK Success 12-in-1 rubber "Thinking of You" multi-stamp; ColorBox cocoa pigment stamp pad}

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Warm and Fuzzy

"I've always done things the hard way. I was born like a piece of tangled yarn. The job is trying to untangle it, and I'll probably go on doing it for the rest of my life."
(Karen Allen)

Brrr... What a snowy, icy, slushy winter it's been! Layering is key, and one of my go-to cold weather accessories this season is a dark grey lambswool scarf I made last year.

I started crocheting in 2004 and knitting followed. I haven't documented all of my projects, but I've made a good number, gifting items to family and friends or donating to local organizations for those less fortunate.

I still have a lot to learn and practice, but there's a sense of madness in my personal process: either I'm all in, or will go months, sometimes years, without. After a very long hiatus, last winter I knit and crocheted several basic scarves (photos below; last 3 from Lion Brand Yarn), but over the past year, I couldn't make a single thing. I hope the upcoming year will be a more prolific one for me in this area, as I already have yarn for specific projects at the ready.

Knitting and Crochet Projects

Skinny ribbed knit scarf with fringe, ribbed knit scarf, and garter stitch knit scarf
Mini crocheted dog scarf with pom poms, and long crocheted scarf
Ruffle crocheted scarves with pom poms
Ruffle crocheted scarf
To make: Eco bunny blankies
{I started a rose coral one, made of recycled cotton yarn}
To make: Garden baby coverlet
{I am varying the colors slightly with magenta and yellow}
To make: All-season baby throw
{Colors undecided}

If you don't know how to knit or crochet, take a lesson or ask someone to teach you. There are also lots of video tutorials available online. Yarncrafting is not only beautiful and rewarding, but it's so practical and will give your loved ones a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Suggested stores in NYC:
Knitty City
Lion Brand Yarn Studio
Purl Soho
The Yarn Co.

Suggested books:
Good Housekeeping: The Illustrated Book of Needlecrafts
Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook