needlepointed gifts? it’s not too late to start!

While many needlepointed items need to be stitched before the holiday finishing deadlines to insure that they will be ready for wrapping and giving, we have a couple that you can whip up quickly and finish on your own!

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These adorable little canvases (just 1 1/2″ square) can be stitched fast! They fit snuggly into the cute little wooden boxes pictured. The boxes make perfect holders for all sorts of things – paperclips, earrings, little treasures (tiny seashells or rocks from a vacation).

DSCN2692Need something for someone who only wants “something useful”?

Lee leather items are not only practical, but there are a variety of canvases available to make them beautiful. From compact mirrors to jewelry boxes, luggage tags to wallets, Lee makes leather items that have openings in which you can easily insert a stitched canvas. Most of the canvases are small (3″-6″), so they can be stitched quickly. And, we are here to help you put the insert in the leather item of your choice.

It’s never too late to stitch the perfect gift!

crochet the perfect gift!

The holidays are right around the corner, so it’s time to get out your hooks and create some gifts for those people on your list who will appreciate your time and effort!

Have a little one on your list?

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Yarnimals from Plymouth Yarn

These super cute hats (owl pictured, but also available as a monkey) come as a kit with premade eyes, nose & ears. You just have to crochet the hat and sew on the extra bits. Voila! You have an adorable hat for a youngster (or a fun-loving teen).

Yarn: Yarnimals (100% acrylic; $10.50)             Pattern: included on yarn band for both crochet & knitted versions

Do you know a trendsetter?

La Mar CowlLe Mar Cowl by Yuliya Tkacheva

This beautiful cowl is sure to delight the style mavens on your list. Made with simple slipped stitches, this is a quick and elegant project.

Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool Superwash DK (100% wool; 137 yards) – 3 skeins                               Pattern: Available here

Do you have a someone with cold hands?

DSCN0067Twisted Rib Crochet Mitts by Shelley Pabst

These intriguing mitts will keep hands warm while leaving fingers free. Or wear them on the top of gloves for a little extra warmth.

Yarn: Spud & Chloe Sweater (55% superwash wool/45% organic cotton; 160 yards) – 1 skein               Pattern: Available for purchase in the store or on Ravelry

need some gift knitting ideas? we’ve got them!

If you’re anything like me, at this point (approximately 6 weeks before Christmas – or 44 days, but who’s counting?) you have decided that at least one person on your gift list needs something handmade. For me, that means something knitted or crocheted or needlepointed or woven. Because I am the speediest at knitting, the default becomes that! So, I’ve come up with a few brilliant ideas of things to make this year.

Do you have a style maven who only wears the latest trend on your list?


Cravat by Debbie Bliss

I made this in 2.5 hours! (Well, really, because I didn’t read the pattern correctly, it took me 5 hours to have a finished scarf, but still…) Note: In order to wear the scarf as shown in the photo, most people will require a longer scarf – buy an extra ball!

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Lara ($20.50 ea) – 2 skeins Pattern booklet: Lara ($14.95)


What about someone whose hands are always cold?

Painted LandscapePainted Landscape Mitts by Caroline Kerr

We’ve kitted up a number of striking colorways to make these beautiful mitts. Linen Stitch blends the colors together beautifully, creating striking color combinations. Visit our website to see them all. (Pattern sold separately here.)

Kit: $15.00 (contains 2 skeins of The Fiber Seed Seedlings)


How about a hip teenager or young adult?

DSCN2621Rivulet Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham

Another super chunky yarn, Noro Kureyon Air, makes a stunning super-sized cowl that will keep your trendy youngster warm and cozy – satisfying the need for warmth with the need for style. (Pattern sold separately here.)

Yarn: Noro Kureyon Air ($20.50 ea) – 2 skeins


What about people who have cold feet in winter (who doesn’t)?

Farmhouse FlatsFarmhouse Flats by Melissa Stajda

Keep all those feet (from child to adult) warm with these quick to knit slippers! If you don’t know how to do Judy’s Magic Cast On or Kitchener Stitch, join us for a 2 session class to get you going on making these toe- & heart-warming slippers. (Pattern sold separately here.)

Yarn: Classic Elite Big Liberty Wool ($11.50) – 2 skeins


If you have other great ideas, please share them with us! Either respond in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Happy knitting ~ Laura