Freestyle Friday: knitted hearts

Are you ready for the holidays?

I know Americans are thinking about turkey and pie…and isn’t there some football tradition?

Canadians are already planning for end-of-the-year festivities.

If you’re looking for a small gift that’s easy to make – and might even use up some of those bits and pieces of yarn you’ve got cluttering up the closet – here’s an idea.

My sister found this free pattern from Julie and the Knits to make me a green heart coaster for my birthday. And I love it! It’s thoughtful and charming, and if you wanted a bigger gift, you could wrap them up in sets of four.

Excuse me. I have to go dig through my stash of yarn now.


Vintage Bonney

Readers will be familiar with Bonney the parrot’s cheeky ways. She always likes to get in on the action, usually when one least expects it. I think she finally caught up with me!

So there I was, out and about on the weekend, which seemed to be the kick-off for the holiday craft fair season. On my itinerary was the Vintage Fair, a local favorite for finding all kinds of treasures from clothing to cookware to old tools. I was congratulating myself on getting up early, finding a parking space, and being one of the first in line to get into this very popular event. Yes, I probably should have been writing, but a girl’s got to shop sometimes, right?

But who was there to remind me that I was playing hooky but a ginormous parrot right at the top of the stairs into the venue?  It had to be seven feet tall and I’m certain it smirked at my surprise. “Hey,” it seemed to be saying, “shouldn’t you be working? I’m watching you.

Bonney is an African Gray and not quite so colorful, but her spirit–and sense of mischief–is just as big. I think she was having a little fun at my expense.