JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #11

A Sleeve for Your Cup

The Cup Sleeve by Brook Croley is quick to knit up, and could  also be made up with no cables, just ribbing. Make one for every latte or tea drinker on your list! You could even pair it with a mug or gift card (how about JP Licks or City Feed?) for extra specialness. Made with Cascade 220, or use any worsted weight yarn, from Manos Maxima to Majestic Tweed.

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Susan (podcaster + crafters + JPK&S-er)!

*Number 11 in our annual series of DAILY gift ideas from your friends at JP Knit & Stitch. Stay tuned every day right here until December 24th for your daily dose of crafty inspiration. (Sort by “Crafty Gift Guide” under each post to see all in the series.)

The Cup Sleeve

Posted on December 11th, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #10

Two Triangles?

The best part of this gift might be making the recipient guess what they are!

These funny little things are bike helmet ear warmers! They go over the helmet straps to keep your favorite cyclist’s ears toasty. Try this free pattern by Amy O’Neill Houck in a cozy worsted weight like Minnow Merino or Malabrigo Worsted. They’d be especially cute in a neon like Manos Maxima’s Highlighter (a very visible yellow).

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Susan (podcaster + crafter + JPK&S-er)!

Bike Helmet Ear Warmers

Posted on December 10th, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #9

Socks!

Our last few crafty gift ideas have been relatively quick, perfect if you have a bunch of knit-worthy folks on your list. But, if you want a longer project, or have one extraordinarily special person on your list, you might consider hand knit socks! (We wanted to tell you about this with enough time to finish them!)

Malabrigo Sock (for awesome variegated colors), Cascade Heritage (for hearty nylon content), and Cephalopod Skinny Bugga (for rich semisolid colors and super softness) all make for great socks. And if you are looking for help, one of our newer books, Tow-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks is the perfect guide for making custom-sized socks.

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Eloise (crafter + JPK&S-er)!

 

Socks!

Posted on December 9th, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #8

Pint Sized Pines!

This may go more in the category of decorations than presents, but if you have an early December gift exchange or holiday party coming up, why not whip up these little guys? (Free pattern by Julia Tarsha.) You could make your own little forest, or give as gifts with your favorite bottle of wine! I started out making one, and found them quite addictive!

Made with Cascade 220 heathers and Madelinetosh Merino Light. (A single skein will make a dozen or more!)

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Susan (podcaster + crafter + JPK&S-er)!

Susan's Tiny Pines

Posted on December 8th, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #7

Cuddly Knitted Barnyard Friends

Here’s something for the little ones in your life: Why not make a cuddly toy from Spud & Chloe At The Farm?

Our favorites are the Farm Dog and the Little Lamb, made up in Spud & Chloe Sweater. We have picked 3 skeins in natual shades, which should be enough for a few barnyard friends.

If barnyard animals are not your cup of tea, make something from another book in our library: A penguin from Itty Bitty Toys or a sea creature from Amigurumi Knits!

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Abbey & Taylor (teachers + crafters + JPK&S-ers)!

Posted on December 7th, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #5 + #6

Simple Mitts + Legwarmers

The key to holiday crafting has to be simplicity + multiplicity. You want to be able to make it fast and make multiple versions. For our Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #5, we recommend our 1 Day Workshop Simple Mitts or LegWarmers.  Come by on Saturday from 10:30-12:30 in the shop and learn how to whip up a quick pair of mitts or legwarmers. Add cables for texture or visual interest, use luxe fiber (our Lobster Pot Cashmere….oh la la) and you will transform an easy pattern into something really special.

We are pairing it with Crafty Gift Guide #6: our Family Workshop: Felt Ornaments. Come spend the afternoon with the lovely Kate Herron and learn how to make these simple, yet delicate and refined ornaments.  A little felt, a little embroidery thread, some  crafty family time, a nice way to ease into the holiday season. A perfect gift for grandparents who live far away or any family or friend.

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Genevieve (crafter + JPK&S-er)!

glove

Posted on December 6th, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #4

Flannel Baby Quilt!

I don’t know about you, but there are a ton of new babies in my life this year! The little guys are fun to craft for, which inspired Gift Guide idea #4: a flannel baby quilt! Here’s how:

  • Choose 1 1/4 yards of your two favorite flannels. We’ve got cotton flannels in gorgeous plaids,  sophisicated herringbone and, of course, foxes!
  • Machine wash your fabric.
  • Trim both pieces so that they are the same size. Lay the pieces with the wrong sides together. (You can also sandwich batting in between, but this is optional.)
  • Safety pin or baste the layers together, then quilt them with lines of machine stitching.
  • Bind the edges with a colorful bias tape (or make your own).

This is a cuddly, relaxing project you can complete in an afternoon! I’m afraid there’s just a materials picture today, since the quilt I made is currently under a baby!

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Eloise (teacher + crafter + JPK&S-er)!

flannel quilt

Posted on December 4th, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #3

Bow Ties for you Dapper Dude!

This is a sweet and simple idea for the guys on your gift list: bow ties! Use our voile or quilting cotton to stitch up a variety of bow ties in just the right shades, or one in the perfect print. There are many tutorials for this project, but we like this one.

If your fellow is more a tie guy, try this Purl Bee project instead!

*Number 3 in our annual series of DAILY gift ideas from your friends at JP Knit & Stitch. Stay tuned every day right here until December 24th for your daily dose of crafty inspiration.

bow ties

Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #2

THREADFOLLOWER KITS!

Here’s a gift idea that will brighten up a few grey winter hours – Threadfollower’s stuffed animal hand-stitching kits! These kits are appropriate for kids (and adults!) 8 and up — our sample bunny was made by a nine-year-old with minimal sewing experience — and did we mention completely adorable? They contain everything you need to make a little plush friend, including detailed step-by-step instructions. Threadfollower uses local and recycled materials, so you can inspire creativity and eco-consciousness all in one great gift!

*Number 2 in our annual series of DAILY gift ideas from your friends at JP Knit & Stitch. Stay tuned every day right here until December 24th for your daily dose of crafty inspiration.

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Jess (teacher + crafter + JPK&S-er)!

threadfollower

Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide/#1

JP Knit & Stitch *CRAFTY HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE #1:

MANOS MITTENS!

Looking for a winter warm-up? Try making a pair of mittens with Manos Silk Blend yarn! Silk Blend is a lustrous  70/30 blend of wool and silk, so it’s warm and cozy while also being shiny and soft, and it comes in a range of lovely colors, both solid and variegated. It’s perfect for making a pair of mittens, and will support a number of styles to suit any knitting level. Try simple solid, striped, cabled, or stranded colorwork like these octopus mittens. Make some for your friends and family as gifts, or a pair for yourself as a well-deserved holiday treat!

*Number 1 in our annual series of DAILY gift ideas from your friends at JP Knit & Stitch. Stay tuned every day right here until December 24th for your daily dose of crafty inspiration.

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Jess (teacher + crafter + JP Knit & Stitch-er)!

manosmitts

Posted on December 1st, 2013 by craftygals

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