A HOMEMADE LIFE
higgins beach, maine
sue havens & her flat bear tutorial
Ever since I met Sue Havens in grad school I slightly idolized her – she is an amazing painter AND plays accordion. Then about a year ago I was looking through the sewing section of a bookstore and saw her book Make Your Own Toys – more proof she is a multi-talented super-artist. I have been wanting to make one of her plushies ever since I bought the book, but then my life changed and I moved to New York from Maine and her book is still in storage. Thankfully, she has a tutorial on youtube for Flat Bear which is a perfect Christmas gift for a little someone. Here’s my not-so-perfect version – which is what gives it the charm of being handmade, right?
It’s getting cold outside, which means TIME TO BREAK OUT THE NEEDLES. I scoured the internet for patterns I want to try this year. Here is the season lineup, all simple to match my near-beginner level with both knitting and crocheting.
1. knit fingerless gloves 2. knit cowl 3. knit warm mittens
4. crochet long scarf 5. knit seed-stitch cowl 6. crochet slouchy hat
I don’t know if I’ll have time to actually knit something for Gerald this year – I usually finish his by summer – but just in case, I found some great things for him.
1. knit hat 2. knit striped hat 3. knit urban scarf 4. knit convertible mittens
This will be the first time knitting & crocheting for a little person – I’m hoping it’s faster since everything is smaller. Maybe I’ll even try a simple sweater if I can master a hat.
1. crochet hat & mittens 2. knit monster & baby 3. knit rugby hat
4. knit aviator hat 5. knit striped mittens 6. knit baby blanket 7. crochet newsboy hat