These traditional gingerbread biscuits are for celebrations and the occasional treat. They contain both sugar and syrup in small quantities, but the sweetness and toffee-like flavour is also helped along by the addition of finely chopped dates. These biscuits were made for Father’s Day, but …
The winter season for many people heralds a time for family gathering, and thoughts of sharing and giving. Though many of us try our best to make or shop wisely, there are sometimes people that we want to buy or make something for, but due to particular tastes, or jut because they seem to already have just about every idea that you can come up with, a gift card seems to be the only solution.
Sometimes, however, a gift card can seem just a little impersonal. Make sure that your gift cards are personal as well as convenient by dressing them up in a beautifully handmade gift card holder.
These little gift card wallets not only look fantastic, but also put a little touch of handmade love back into the act of giving something that you know the recipient will actually be able to make use of.
To make your own, all you need is two sheets of coloured or patterned paper, plus a glue stick and scissors, and any embellishments you may wish to add, such as buttons, greetings card toppers or small Christmas decorations.
To begin, download and print the Eskimimi Makes Gift Card Holder sheet. This can either be printed directly onto the reverse side of one of your sheets of paper (the one intended for the inside of the holder) for maximum speed and ease, or you can print it onto sheet of card to create a template if you plan on making a number of wallets (which is more economical, but takes a little longer).
Once you have transferred the pattern onto the reverse side of your inner paper, cut along the solid outer line and score along each of the dotted an dashed lines. Fold along the dotted line so that the right sides of the paper meet, and cut out the grey shaded area through both layers. Fold back along the same dotted line, but this time so that the wrong sides of the paper meet. Put a tiny dab of glue onto each of the adhesive points as marked and fold before leaving to dry.
Whilst the inner is drying, cut a 19.5cm x 10cm rectangle from your outer sheet of paper, and round off the corners of one short side to match the shape of the inner.
Cut a 2.5cm x 15cm rectangle from the inner paper or another contrasting paper and leave to one side – this will form the band closure for any embellishment.
Once the inner is completely dry, mountain fold (so that the patterned sides meet) along each of the previously scored dashed lines. Place the card wallet outer wrong side up in front of you, and using a solid glue stick or double-sided tape cover with adhesive and line this up with your card wallet outer paper so that the edges with the rounded corners align. Stick the inner and outer papers together so that the wrong sides meet and re-fold along the previously scored and folded lines made on the inner paper to close.
Wrap the closure band around the card holder vertically and secure with a small piece of tape. If desired the closure band can be embellished with greetings or other decorations.
Every so often I like to design a new set of gift tags for giving with handmade gifts that might require some special care, especially by way of washing/drying and ironing instructions. When someone cares enough to spend the hours of creating that goes into …
Every now and again I like to create a new set of gift tags to use with hand knits, and as the cooler weather settles in along with the shorter days here in the northern hemisphere I thought I would create a new set with …
These Hawkshead Socks were designed and knit for Mr Awesome, but as they are so awesome are now available to buy as a pattern from my Ravelry Store. They are available in men’s sizes S-L (and Mr Awesome is a size UK12, so they really are quite accommodating for large man feet) and women’s size S-L. Here are a pair on my more normal (UK5) feet:
My main aim in creating these socks was to find a stitch that was understated and perfect for everyday wear, would work well as a more masculine design for any gift knits for men or male knitters whilst remaining attractive to women, and also had some interest in both the finished knit and whilst knitting – because who wants to be bored whilst knitting?
I also wanted a stitch that wouldn’t require looking back at charts or instructions as it was easily remembered and also was as elastic and comfortable as possible, and so these socks seemed to achieve each of those wishes perfectly.
I used the alternating cast on for these socks, which has provided a wonderfully elastic edge to the ribbing, so they re easy-on and off without slipping down the leg. And what a fine pair of man-model legs Mr Awesome has so kindly lent to the photo shoot. Not once did he question why should he be laying down on the floor with his feet up against a piece of white card at that awkward angle, and it was his idea to get the shots of the well-fitting heels.
These socks can be knit with a single 100g (400m) skein of 4ply sock yarn (even for the very large feet of an awesome man) and instructions are included to accommodate any foot length. The pair above were knit using a skein of Wendy Roam in the shade ‘Hawkshead’ which is a wonderful combination of hazelnut brown blended with teal fibres. Due to the textured nature of the pattern the teal fibres seem to show slightly more on the knit stitches, so the texture really makes the best of the almost two-tone nature of the yarn.
I really like everything about this pattern, and think it lends itself perfectly for gift knits for a loved one that can be worn often, rather than tucked away to be forgotten about, or for a comfortable pair of socks for yourself. If you decide to make a pair as a Christmas gift, don’t forget to add a free knitter’s gift tag to tell the recipient how best to take care of their hand knit.
Hawkshead Socks are available on Ravelry now, for $4, or click the button below:
Yarn: Wendy Roam in the shade ‘Hawkshead’