’Tis the season — and by that I mean it’s the season for thinking about gift giving. It will take only a quick glance at the calendar in local newspapers to learn when and where the holiday fairs will be held. These fairs usually are sponsored by churches or organizations raising money for good causes. They are great places to find hand-knit, crocheted and sewn items made by local ladies. Patronize these fairs and bazaars and many of the names on your gift-giving list will be checked off.
For those of you who wield needles of various types, it’s time to make stuff to give as holiday gifts.
A book that will aid in knitting and crocheting those gifts is the aptly titled “Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet” by Mags Kandis. What I like about this book is that most of the things really are little and can be made in a weekend or even a few hours — and are all lovely.
As I looked through the book, I homed in on a crocheted granny square tote bag fashioned with wool yarn and felted, then lined with fabric. It’s a great way to use odd balls of yarn.
I also like the moss-stitch knitted baby jacket embellished with circles of felted wool.
Then there is the crocheted flower brooch made with wool, silk and nylon yarn, and sprinkled with beads. It consists of six petals and a center bobble.
For the glitterati, there is the gilded mesh scarf, crocheted in lustrous golden silk, but if one were in an ultraglamorous mood, it also might be fun to crochet it in a metallic thread yarn.
For those who sew, there are linen sachets decorated with small squares of wool felt and heart-shaped shell buttons.
In all, the book contains more than 30 designs that include caps, socks, scarves and even a tea cozy.
The cost of the book is $24.95.
If a gift of mittens is part of your gift-giving plan, look no further than “Vogue Knitting: Mittens and Gloves” compiled by the editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine.
The book contains more than 40 patterns Vogue Knitting Magazine editors deem the “best” designs from their magazine.
Knitters who like to work patterns in two colors will find a challenge in the Snowbird mittens, which have evergreen trees, birds and the words “let it snow” worked in, and the alpine mittens featuring a tree on one side of the hand and a mosaic pattern on the other.
In the gloves section of the book, those who love knitting lace will find the Lace-Leaf gloves of interest. Also spectacular are the Expanding Cable opera-length gloves.
The Quick and Easy Wristlets is the sort of gift you could knit the night before the holiday. This section of the book contains designs for long and short fingerless gloves in lace, cabled and intarsia techniques.
Want a pattern for a fluffy muff? This book has it.
The cost of the book is $24.95.
By the way, either one of these books would make a great gift for the knitter on your list.
Ask about these books at your local library or bookstore.
– The third annual Art-Full Gifts art and craft event with 50 of New England’s artists and artisans will be held Friday through Saturday, Nov. 19-21, at Point Lookout Resort, 67 Atlantic Highway, Route 1, in Northport. The Gala Collectors Evening will take place 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. The evening will include live jazz, appetizers and a cash bar. Admission is $10, valid for the entire weekend of shopping. The show continues 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-21. Admission is $3 to benefit Coastal Mountains Land Trust and United Mid-Coast Charities.
Exhibitors will show a variety of work including artisan-designed jewelry in all media, hand-woven silk and natural fiber clothing, stoneware and porcelain pottery, reed baskets, artisan-grown embellished gourds, stoneworks, tarot art, bird carvings, artist-designed holiday cards, handblown glass, hand-spun woolens, original photography, prints and paintings in all media, and more.
For information, call Randy Fein at 763-3433 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Pine Kneedlers Knitting Guild of Bangor will offer a teddy bear workshop 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Charles Inn, downtown Bangor. Participants will create 9-inch, multicolor, multipattern bears. The cost of the workshop is $20 guild members, $30 others, and includes handouts, catered lunch and afternoon tea and treats. To register, call Cheryl at 943-6909 or visit www.Pine-Kneedler.org.
– The Bangor Area Chapter of the American Sewing Guild is offering a class on making a bag with charm squares at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Hampden Municipal Building. Class teacher Kathy Childs said the bags would make great holiday gifts and are a quick, easy project. The cost is $10 guild members, $15 others. To register or to obtain more information, call Kathy at 941-8815. Sewing beginners are encouraged to attend.
– The annual Holiday Fair sponsored by Waldo County General Hospital’s community wellness program will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in the Hospital’s Education Center, 118 Northport Ave.
Artists and crafters are invited to display their items for a rental fee of $15 per table.
Call the hospital’s education department at 338-2500, ext. 4154, to reserve a table and arrange payment. The deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 10.