Yummy crocheted scarf and fingerless gloves. I. Want. Them.
Kids a little unimpressed with their mittens and gloves? Try these monsters from Boysenberry Lane. Part sock puppet and part armwarmer, they make staying warm seem a lot more fun. They also give new meaning to the phrase, “Talk to the hand!”
Purchase multiple pairs and you can mix and match your monsters for way more fun and furious debates between ‘ol righty and lefty.
One of my favorite things about the cold winter weather is having to bundle up before you go outside. Hats, scarves and, mittens are not only necessary, but a great way to show your style, transform an otherwise bland coat, and pull together your outfit. While I don’t know how to knit, I’ve always admired the time and care that knitters put into what they make, objects that offer warmth and comfort.
These three cable mittens by LadyOverboard09 have a classic design and will match with any winter coat. The blue and black specks in the yarn add just a dash of color without taking away from the handiwork or the design. Made of 100 percent Merino wool, these gloves are sure to keep your hands warm on the coldest winter night.
These fushia mittens by Beaded Wire are a perfect way to add a punch of color to your winter coat and are bright enough to combat any gray winter day. Made of Lopi Icelandic wool and featuring a large cable knit down the middle, these gloves make a bold statement.
I love the playful design of these thrummed mittens by Lindfield Farm. Set against a navy blue background, these patterned gloves feature small white hearts all the way around. What better way to spread some love during the cold winter months? Made of 100 percent wool, these gloves are made by inserting unspun fiber through the knitting pattern to make a soft interior that will keep your hands extra warm.
I don’t have any warm clothes with me in Honolulu so my parents always bring some along with them to the airport when they pick me up. As an early birthday or Christmas gift, I may have to pass along a link to one of these gorgeous pairs of gloves and hope that they are waiting for me when I arrive in Chicago!
The lovely blizzard photograph featured at the top of this posted was created by IS Photography.
Even here in Northern California, fall has arrived. Laugh if you will, but around here a dip below 50 degrees warrants down parkas and gloves.
To spice up your fall and winter, check out Sew Ninja — her hoodies will make your frostbite worthwhile!
And if you look closely, you’ll see that she’s got some items shipping for free right now.
Photo from 74 Lime Lane
For the longest time I couldn’t figure out what “DIY” meant. I’d read it here and there and kept forgetting to look it up or ask someone. I felt relieved when I figured out it’s meaning – and chuckled a bit inwardly, realizing it had been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up I was surrounded by “DIY” as I know many of us were. From what I remember there was no political motivation either – my mom and my aunt made things for us kids simply because they enjoyed it. A good chunk of my clothes were sewn by my mom up until junior high, and a lot of my room decor and even many toys were made by my mom or other members of our family. As a child I didn’t distinguish between the items which were handmade or not, I loved them all fairly equally. A few items do stand out of course, like the super cute mushroom shaped lamp (the windows glowed!) that my Aunt made for me – the dollhouse lovingly made by my Grandpa, and some of the exceptionally bright outfits my mom sewed for me.
Embroidery Pattern from A Little Sweetness
Embroidery Hoop from neawear
Fast forward 25 or so years and here we are now – the world is different in many ways but DIY is possibly more popular than it’s ever been before. Unlike in my mother’s generation, many of us women are in our thirties and still haven’t had our first child, and many of us may choose to work even after our children are born. What does that mean? Possibly less time for DIY and even less time to make heart shaped cookies at Valentine’s day and Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes for our kids before school in the mornings.
Fingerless Mitts Pattern from The Pompom
Owl fingerless gloves from Fingerless Mitts Pattern from Homelab
I’m sure that when we (finally) do have kids I’ll find a way to make the time to keep some of these very fun traditions alive in our household – I know how much glee I found in these creature comforts growing up. But will I have the time to make all my children’s clothes, toys, and such? Probably not. And because I’ll be a busy mom I’ll be happy that the internet is available so I can find beautiful handmade goods for my children, when I’m not able to make them myself. While we can’t always carry on every tradition, it comforts me that we’re able to make new ones – and in this day and age, make new friends in our neighborhoods and all around the world too. Today – I think that’s part of the joy of DIY for me.
I’ve rounded up both items that you can purchase as completed products as well as some patterns too, if you’re in the mood for some DIY of your own!