Sock Knitting Sunday

Magic Mirror Socks

These socks are made by Jeannie of the blog Sewing, Knitting and Beyond. http://jeanniefanihi.blogspot.com/

The pattern is avalible here: http://jeanniefanihi.blogspot.com/2008/06/magic-mirror-socks.html

I hope this pattern inspires you to pick up your needles and knit more socks!

March Is National Craft Month

Yup, it’s that time of year again. Time to break out of your crafting rut and try your hands at something new. That’s right, its National Craft Month!

Oh how I love this wonderful month. It’s like having a free pass to shop at your favorite yarn shops and craft stores. Local craft stores will be offering tempting classes in everything from scrapbooking to cake decorating. Yarn shops are stocking up on fresh spring colors and patterns that you just ‘have to’ cast on.

I actually have three knitting projects in the works for March and a plan to get two of my patterns on Ravelry. I plan to back some cookies that my local church gives to an assisted living home.  And, I’ve also made it a goal to finish a needle point project that’s been hanging around the house for far too long.

Stuck in a rut of what to do to celebrate the month of crafting? Why not let charity be your motivation.

You can bake cookies and take them to your local nursing home.

Crochet a prayer shawl for a friend going through a rough time.

Sew a quilt and donate it to a local shelter.

Surprise a friend with a week’s worth of prepared meals.

Pull out those canning jars and can the last of the winter vegetables and fruit in your area. Then send them in care packages to a friend or loved one who just moved away.

Knit some socks and donate them to military members overseas.

Make baby blankets for preemies at the local hospital.

Embroider a handkerchief to give to a bride-to-be.

Teach someone, (older or younger) how to crochet and/or knit.

The list of things you can do are endless. And if you don’t consider yourself very crafty, then why not use the month of March as a time to learn a craft that always interested you. Just don’t let National Craft Month go by without sharing the love of crafting.

My Kind of Crazy

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I picked up this book at my local library. It was among the books for sale and only cost me $0.75. The author, Cilla Ramnek is textile artist whose name you may already know from the fabrics she has designed for Ikea.

Cilla is a crafter not afraid to cross different disciplines and combine them in creative ways. Her designs are original, daring and always off the grid. In short, she is my kind of crazy.

Her book, “Knitprovisation”, is not a pattern book, but an inspiration book. She loosely describes the construction of each garment, but her goal is not to have you copy her work. Her aim is to get you thinking outside the box and give you permission to play. Fearless creativity equals one of a kind kick ass designs.