This is one of our favourite winter scenes: The kids are asleep, there’s a cozy fire in the fireplace, and some lovely yarn to work with. Nothing calms the nerves like knitting a few rows (or a few more, and then a few more…) before going to bed. Even better? A good skein of yarn pairs most excellently with a glass of Merlot and some dark chocolate.
If you’ve been knitting for a while and are looking to take your skills to the next level, check out Cast On, Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor. You’ll find over 50 different methods for starting and finishing your work of art. Judy’s Magic Cast-on? Check. Old Norwegian Cast-on? Check. Picot edge bind-off? Kitchener stitch? Check, and check. Tillybuddy’s Very Stretchy Cast-on? Check. (No, we hadn’t heard of it either).
If you prefer one handy hook to the pointy sticks, take a look at Crochet in a Day for Baby by Candi Jensen. It’s full of adorably soft projects you can create for little ones (ages 0-2). Most projects can be made in an evening or a day – perfect if you’ve forgotten about that baby shower tomorrow! Booties, hats, mitts and bibs make great last-minute projects, but the sweaters and blankets may be better for those who plan ahead.
Since we’re talking about yarn, we absolutely must mention Ravelry.com. It’s the most comprehensive knitting and crochet pattern database online, with millions of patterns to choose from. There’s also a database for yarn, giving you thousands of options for your projects. But there’s more; it’s also a social networking site for all yarn lovers, with almost 3 million members worldwide. You can connect with other members in forum discussions and browse their projects for ideas. Warning: The site is very addictive. It also has the ability to bend time – hours just disappear while you’re logged on. So enter at your own risk!
Yo mama! We’ve put together a Pinterest board for more knitting and crochet ideas. Take a look, and please share your suggestions for great projects with us!
By: Elina Singh