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Gifting Season

Yarn Along is back! I’m so happy to be able to share my knitting and reading pursuits with everyone again.

I squeaked in just under the wire with my little sweater for my cousin’s son, after having made him one in the summer and realizing it was much too small. I also made his older and younger sisters matching cardigans of my own design, starting with the smaller one which I shared here.

I think the very best part was wrapping them up and getting them ready to be gifted. It felt so good, after 6 months of preparation, to be able to tag them and send them off to be loved and cherished (hopefully!) for years to come. That same cousin is pregnant with her fourth now, so I’ll be off to cast on some more baby things soon.

Now I’m finishing up the Tegna sample knit that I was supposed to finish months ago, but then the holidays happened. I hope Candice will forgive me. It is looking nice so far, so I have that going for me at least!

Lately I’ve been reading a book called Crœft, about the origin of the modern English word “craft,” and how living with more craft in our lives might benefit us all, as humans. It’s a very good read so far, and right up my alley. I’ve always been interested in the topic, I now realize.

It makes me think back to visiting museums as a child and seeing the ancient water jugs and gathering baskets. I remember thinking, They are so  beautiful, crafted with intricate designs and obvious care, but they are objects made for the most mundane of tasks. What if we took the same care in our everyday objects? What if we approached mundane tasks with art and creativity?

These were questions that always interested me, and this book, so far, speaks to them. Unfortunately the copy I have is a special advanced reading copy, and I don’t know when the book will actually come out. Keep an eye out, though, because it’s good.

I’ll be sharing more details about the design of the little boy sweater in a future post, and likely will be releasing a pattern for it and the berries and leaves cardigan in the coming months. Stay tuned!

 

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16 Comments

  1. What beautiful gifts! How gorgeous. And that book sounds really interesting; I’ll have to check it out!

    • Flo Flo

      Thank you! 🙂 Yes, it’s a very good read so far, definitely worth keeping an eye out at your library!

  2. Rachel Rachel

    I’d be very interested to know more about that book! Your knits are beautiful.

    • Flo Flo

      Thank you! 🙂 It’s by Alexander Langlands – I found it on Amazon but I’m not 100% sure if it’s for pre-order or it’s available now. Definitely recommend it!

    • Flo Flo

      If you’re asking about one of the sweaters in this post, alas, the pattern hasn’t gotten beyond being a lot of messy notes in my knitting notebook. I’ll announce it here in the blog when it’s up on Ravelry, though!

  3. I’ve added the book to my shopping cart, but since i’ve already bought 4 books this year already…… sounds fascinating! I love your knitting and the wool colours too!

    • Flo Flo

      Haha! Well I hope you enjoy it whenever you get the chance to read it.

      Thanks! I of course had to ask my cousin, the mom of the recipients, what their favorite colors were. Everyone got their favorite 🙂

  4. Your sweaters are so pretty! I like the lace and the colors. You are right. We should put creativity into everything we do and crafting keeps us sane. I would like to read that book.

    • Flo Flo

      Thank you! Don’t you think it would be nice? As crafters I think it’s nice when we make fancy things, but even better when we make beautiful objects to use every day 🙂

  5. Love those sweaters! So pretty. Looks like you did a great job on them.

    • Flo Flo

      Thank you! 🙂

  6. Ravenna Ravenna

    Those sweaters are beautiful, and your tags and wrapping too. Really lovely gifts. 🙂 The book sounds interesting. I’m wishlisting that one. 🙂

    • Flo Flo

      Thanks so much! I know, I love wrapping them almost as much as I love making them 🙂

  7. Those are some gorgeous gifts! My husband and I actually talk about this pretty frequently. I tend to favor beautiful handmade things that are worth keeping for a lifetime and he loves things that will ‘last’ like Trex decking LOL Sounds like similar ideas, but with an entirely different result.

    • Flo Flo

      Thank you 🙂 And I totally get that, very different results but really the same – you want something that will last a long time, and for some people (like you and me!) the fact that it’s handmade is really important, for others it’s not. My girlfriend isn’t so into handmade (although she really loves the several hats I’ve made her) but does love a high quality, long lasting item, similar to your husband.

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