Friday, March 16, 2012

60 Quick Knits

In the past year I've knit and crocheted nearly one hundred
scarves: keeping my hands busy during meetings and sermons, watching
tv with kids, giving Joey cat a lap on a cold Maine night. I use
recycled and repurposed yarn--yard sale and thrift shop finds, mangled
afghans, other people's unfinished projects, gifts. It's amazing what
a variety of looks you can achieve, ranging from sophisticated to
whimsical, in a seemingly prosaic end project.
If you want to embark on a manageable fashion project that will
get you compliments from friends and family or sincere thanks from a
lucky recipient and you don't fancy my fly-by-
the-seat-of-your-pants methodology, you'll find 60 Quick Knots to be a
treasure. Twenty scarves, twenty hats, and twenty pairs of mittens
are presented in a wide range of colors and styles. Beaded lavender
flowers are embroidered onto purple mittens. A lion scarf sports
button eyes, a cloth nose, and a lush mane. A cupcake hat comes
complete with yarn sprinkles and cherry. From toddler to Grandma,
there is something for all the girls and women in one's life.
Instructions are clearly written. Projects are rated by degree
of difficulty. None require a large amount of yarn. Illustrations
are bright and colorful. There are projects just right for newbies
and pros.
On a personal note, I'm wondering if maybe the length of time
government agencies put one on hold is an indication they might need
to hire more customer representatives.
A great big shout out goes out to Maine's own Ardeana Hamlin whose
delightful crafts columns enliven the Bangor Daily News every Tuesday--
a very kind and decent friend, good friend, and cat lover.
Julia Emily Hathaway

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