Good Morning Winter

The weather adventures continue up on my mountain. Though at least this one doesn’t seem to be having too negative an effect.

Goodmorning Winter

This isn’t actually our first snow of the Fall, but it is the first one of any significant amount that is sticking to the roads. Found myself wishing I had gotten my snow tires on already, fortunately my all weather tires handled it well on the way to drop off the boys at school.

The weather adventures for my area have been a little extreme this past 1+ month, but this is fairly mild compared to the flood on the 11, 12, & 13 of September. That may be our metric all winter with storms, “Not as bad as the flood”.

Of course the snow and wintery feel of the day is putting me in mind for the Holidays and the gift-giving that leads to gift-making. If you are crocheting or knitting gifts for folks this holiday season you are almost into the “last minute” phase.  October always feels a bit soon for thinking about Christmastime, but if you are making anything large or complicated it is often too late.

When I look at crocheting gifts this time of year I look for quick projects. Hats, fingerless mitts and scarves are my “go-to” projects for gifts. I also like the smaller gift items because they are easier to ship. Most of my extended family is out-of-state, so that puts in some restrictions. This year I am hoping to make some slippers, as my younger brother and his girlfriend were wanting some.

Photo courtesy of Leisure Arts Publishing
Photo courtesy of Leisure Arts Publishing

If you are looking for patterns for fingerless mitts grab yourself a copy of my “Texting Mitts” booklet from Leisure Arts. You can find it in some Joann’s stores or even LYSs. It is also available online from Leisure Arts as either a hard copy or digital copy.

Boys in Hats

The gift I seem to make for my family the most is hats. It’s getting to be a tradition with my boys that every Christmas morning they get new hats crocheted by me. Last year I made them Monster Hats, which were a huge hit.

Kreinik Reflective Yarn 001

My husband also loved his “Dog Walker” hat, which was blue with a wide band of white. The white band included a carry along thread of Kreinik’s Reflective Yarn.

If you are local to the Longmont/Boulder area, I will be teaching classes at the Longmont Yarn Shoppe on November 9th. “Crochet the Perfect Fit Hat” (from 9a – Noon) all the tips and tricks you need to learn to crochet hats that fit every time., and “Flowers, Flowers, Flowers”  (from 1p – 4p)  that is all about crocheting flowers to embellish other items or be stand-alone pins.

And for those of you that have been concerned about the Jamestown community and our re-building efforts, thank you for your kind words and thoughts. If you are looking for a way to help Jamestown you can visit the site.