As defined by Dictionary.com, the word, utilize, means “to put to use.”

This has been my theme this 2014 Christmas. With the exception of Baby Ng’s gift, all of the other seven projects were handcrafted with stash yarn.

Remember the a-gi present?

I spent a good hour making tags for the baby beanies:


I found a whole stack of cardstock in the desk. I fashioned each rectangular shape into that of a tag.


This close up shows you the two stamps I dug out of my childhood collection. I used brush stamps and colored each stamp by hand. Now you know why these three tags took an hour.

Since I had a pink and purple theme going on, I attached each tag with some pink and white, fingering yarn by Lorna’s Laces. Everything’s been wrapped up and mailed off today.

Before I sign off, thank you for your visits and participation. I read every comment and am honored to have you drop by.

Until our next chat…

Creations Complete

This Mele Kalikimaka gift will travel the farthest – over 2,000 mi – this year to that little a-gi:


I tried a different way of styling – the clothesline. I wanted to originally do it outside, but as you know, the Bay Area has been getting rain lately.


The Deets:

#1: Bear Bear (Princess Jellybean named this project.)

Baby Bear Hat by Gilda Knits

Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Squirrel Heather

Newborn size

#2: Fleur Bebe

I used this link found via a Google search to figure out how big to make a 3-6 months hat.

I suck at crocheting flowers. It takes me a few tries to get it down. I found this pin for a simple, layered one.

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in purple

#3: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Seed stitch

Cascade 220 Superwash in gray

Karabella Aurora 8 in purple

Intended for 0-3 months

I only made hats for these ages because of how the east coast is known for its cold weather. By the time our niece is 6 months, it’ll be summer there and too warm to wear a beanie. I hope they bring smiles to the parents and are useful and loved.

I’ll be looking for packaging on Monday so I can ship them off.

What little gifts did you craft for the holidays?

For an A-gi & a Bi-Bi

Annyeong haseyo.

22 days. Christmas Eve. My Clover bamboo needles are workin’ overtime as well as my Clover hooks. Do you hear my hand muscles groaning?

Besides the garden variety of life and the holiday pressure, both sides of our ga-jok are expanding this twelfth month of 2014. My di-di and SIL are expecting, gender unknown, right near the holidays. I splurged on Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Cotton and got to work:


I was never a big fan of working with cotton. However, this organic yarn is terrific. It’s soft and hooks up well.

You see this project in Stone and Aloe.


I need to crochet some aloe in the cocoon and embroider embellishments.

Meanwhile, an a-gi was born recently on the east coast. E’s youngest sister had a baby girl. I was inspired to handcraft her Christmas hats. For now, I will only give you a sneaky peek:




I have a question for you: Should I make the third hat’s pom-pom in this magenta for a pop of color or stick with the grey?


I’d appreciate your two cents. Please vote ASAP. I’d like to get this photo shoot done and then send it off across the country as this time of the year is busy.

Kamsa hamnida for your visit *^__^* and participation.



Mahalo for the open arms after my hiatus.

Doomo arigato for popping by whenever you can.

Hsieh-hsieh for your lovely thoughts and comments on these November posts.