Monday, October 24, 2011

A Handmade Holiday in October...

We are joining in with Tanya at Plain and Joyful Living for the Handmade Holiday with crisp October morning.  And I do mean crisp - frost is glittering on the grass, and windshields may need a solid defrosting this morning!

But hey, it does start to bring rise to a holiday spirit - and snow is even on this week's forcast!

It has been a great week for crafting on our little corner of Vermont.  I have been continuing to work on the green shawl that I will be gifting come Christmas, but its growth has been slow.  The pattern is much more intricate than others I have worked on, and I need to keep a constant eye on the instructions.  Definitely not a project for when the kiddos are raising a ruckus.

I have continued to work on felting and am really excited on how it is turning out.  This week I took on a small project, that is actually part of a fall birthday gift, but is good practice for the slippers I have planning.

Using some left over woolen yarn from a past venture, I crocheted this little bag and flower.  Once complete, they dove to a hot washer until shunk and felted to a near solid fiber.  It will be used to hold the birthday gift (which, sadly, is not handcrafted), but I am excited that I was able to craft a little keepcake instead of spending a few dollars on a paper gift bag that would eventually end up in the recycling. 

This week, I am planning to do a little fiber shopping to get what I need for slippers, and also find some crochet thread to try my hand at some Irish lace.  It should be a busy handcrafting week!

For more great ideas for a Handmade Holiday, stop on over at Tonya's site, Plain and Joyful Living.  I will see you there!


  1. Oooo I LOVE Irish lace! Make sure you post pics and let us know how it turns out. I've been learning to knit lace, but I'm a disaster with crochet. :( And I so want to make Irish lace sleeves for my someday wedding dress! lol! Good luck and your shawl is really lovely!


  2. That shawl is so pretty! I love the green, I have been caught up on knitting like that before. Not the mindless knitting needed when trying to do 5 things at once.


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