Category Archives: Christmas Gift Ideas

For the Mer-folk lovers in your life!

Arianna Mermaid Doll

Originally uploaded by Carolyn Christmas

My teenage niece is totally into Mermaids! I’ve been searching through the crochet projects on looking for mermaid-spiration for her Christmas present!

I ran across this adorable amigurumi by Caroyln Christmas! The pattern is available for purchase on Ravlery. It’s too cute!

As the count down to the holidays happens, I’ll keep posting quick and easy projects! If you are looking for patterns or inspiration, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to come up with some fun ideas!

And don’t forget the CLF First Ever Book can be purchased from the CLF Official Website, both in Hard Copy and as a PDF download!


Kitschalicious Cozy!


Originally uploaded by kristyashmore

Call it a cozy, call it a bag, this is so darn cute!

CLF Member KAshmore makes these really cute bags to hold your Gadgets! The pattern is available for download at her Etsy store,

KAshmore pat yourself on the back! These bags have earned you the Kitschalicious Award for awesome crochet kitsch!

Hooks Raised, CLF Salute!

Hookalicious Christmas Trees!

Originally uploaded by vegancraftastic

CLF Member Kala designed these cute little trees! I thought these were adorable…and yeah I have to say at first it was the little penguin that caught my eye…I have a thing for penguins (and gnomes as you well know)….but these trees are really cute, and more realistic looking that the usual crocheted ruffly X-mas fare….

Kala you are duly awarded the CLF Hookalicious award for these great trees!

The pattern is a free download available on

Book News…CLF Talkin

Well, we’re doing well with the book, getting copies out as fast as I can, I’m waiting on the other royalties to hit my account so I can send books overseas….

The book remains in steady sales which is great…especially since we’re independant, and don’t have an agent, or PR person, or anything but our own little selves…As I work on these things I just remember how much I love the “Little Engine that Could” story, and mutter, “I think I can, I think I can…”

I would love us to hit 10,000 copies…Being that the ultimate goal is to pay for patterns…and pay well…That would be so cool….

I could also use some good equipment etc 🙂 LOL…Some day…Some way we’ll make it happen.

With the holidays approaching and the economic circumstances being tight, I want to remind you that you are doing the world a favor by making gifts. If you are having a hard time thinking up ideas that are pretty, and not expensive…

here are some small projects.

1) Neck Warmers/Pillows…Crochet a tube of about a yard long, (I felted mine) but you can use acrlic yarn too…make it so it has a DC edging on each end so you can run ribbon through it to tie off the ends…Using nylons or stockings, fill with dried beans/lentils and herbs if you have em…or essential oils if you have em (no harm if not) and then stuff nylon with fill into the tube, use a ribbon or cord to tie the ends…and voila…

I used two skeins of Cascade 220 to make mine and used less than a full skein each for a two color, so I would say it’s a one skein of that yarn project 😉

2) IPod holders, or cell phone covers

3) Hotpads, Washcloths, dish clothes in cotton done in pretty colors and different stitch patterns, what a great way to learn how to do cables!

4) Little cotton soap bags…I just crochet a rectangle and crochet it together into a bag, put in some handmade soap (made by a friend) and make it a draw string, great for the shower 🙂

5) Christmas Ornaments. If you go to my Secrets of Yarn Blog I have a pattern for flannel ornaments with crocheted edging, and you can always use the Irish Crocheted Rose as an ornament…

6) Hair accessories or jewelry, earrings…that crocheted rose again works in that capacity depending on what kind of yarn/thread is used.

Don’t let the economy get you down…The more we focus on the negative the more we feed it…let’s be crafty and cunning and beat that market at it’s own stupid game…I believe in postive thought breeding positive outcomes…some day when I write the story of my life you’ll understand…(Really, no reason on earth for me to be on the planet personally…but Positive thought has made all kinds of cool things!)

Hooks raised and oooh are you so ready for Turkey? I am…