Mandalas are an excellent way to bust your stash.
I originally started making these slippers for myself, but I didn’t like how the Unicorn Poop from Needle and Fred worked up in crochet. My carer loved them, however, so I decided to finish them as her birthday gift for this year.
This slipper pattern is pretty quick to work up and makes a lovely gift.
When I bought the Mulled Spice Wine yarn from Mothy and the Squid, I intended it for a cardigan or sweater or something for autumn. Unfortunately, my Seaside Cardigan is taking so long that I don’t want to add another big project right now, so I decided to make myself some autumn slippers instead.
I’d been wracking my brain for something to make for my (late) grandparents for Christmas 2018. Everything I’d tried so far, from a double-knit gingerbread house potholder to crocheted leaf-shaped placemats, was now in the frogged section of my projects (or deleted entirely). And then I found the perfect gift!
I had some yarn left over from my nephew’s Dinosaur Blanket set, and what better to do with it than to make some fingerless mitts for my friend who has a January birthday and lives in Boston in the ol’ US of A?
I can’t remember if I saw this one and decided to make my niblings matching blankets, or if I saw the dinosaur one first. Either way, I thought it would be super coolTM to make them matching stuff for Christmas (with enough variation to suit their individual preferences, of course!)
My nephew, like many boys his age, has been obsessed with dinosaurs for as far back as I can remember. He’s into double digits now and, thankfully (because I get to revisit my own obsession) still interested in them (though perhaps not to the same extent as he was…)
Do you ever look back at your project notes and wonder what the heck you were thinking and why you didn’t write more?
There are finite gift ideas for a nephew almost in the double digits. I like to consider myself the “fun aunt”, the one who spends all year considering and plotting and researching presents, who pours their heart and soul into the making of a thing the child may use only once.