Happy Monday! At this point we are all familiar with the severe devastation Hurricane Sandy has brought to much of the East Coast (I found a great round-up of ways to volunteer or donate here). Our hearts go out to those who lost property or, in a more "ideal" circumstance, are cooped up inside. With no television, internet (or electricity in general!), a great craft project can be just what you need to keep busy. For the crafter who really wants a challenge, there's no better time to learn a new technique (learn to knit!, crochet!).
With colder weather moving in, there are several great knitting and crochet projects that contribute to a cozy afternoon at home and don't require you plugging in your glue gun to a power source:
Silke's fingerless mittens make for a relatively quick project as they just require knitting squares then stitching those squares together.
Get a jump start on your holiday gifts with this easy garter-stitch headband and mitten set.
The knit pillows above are a great way to use skeins or snippets of yarn left over from other projects.
I love these sweet crocheted baby booties.
These granny squares are a great project to make multiples of.
I've been wanting to make the above crochet ball since the project was featured in Martha Stewart Baby (doesn't it look so modern and timeless for a decade-old project?).
Head over to our Living blog for a round-up of more "stuck inside" activities.