I'm sure that if there are any wizards or magicians to be found in Los Angeles, then surely they will be found in my home town of Topanga, a quirky place with eccentric residents. Except for me. I'm perfectly normal. In fact I'm sure that I stand out for my normalcy, but, I bear it as best I can.
I'm on the lookout for a little magic or at least a cup of coffee at Pine Tree Circle which has a cluster of small shops where you can find everything from gourmet cheeses to scented candles, and of course, coffee and an occasional wizard.
But alas, we missed the sunrise and all little fairies and magical folks had scurried off before we arrived. Never mind. I'll try again another day!
Particulars: The Parseltongue Hat designed by Stephanie Dosen who writes the blog Tiny Owl Knits; US 9 needles (body) and US 8 for hat band; 2 skeins of The Fiber Company Organik. I used the disappearing loop CO method. Other than substituting yarn and needle size the only major modification was to add beads for the snake eyes. I used faceted Czech Glass which I sewed on after washing and blocking the hat to give the hat a little extra razzle dazzle.
PS If you love Harry Potter (or know someone who does) check out Julie's cute Harry Potter scarf that she knit for her son's Halloween costume! His dad made him the magic wand ~ doesn't he look the spitting image of Harry Potter! If you would like to knit a scarf for your Harry Potter fan Crafy Andy has generously published a free Harry Potter scarf pattern on his blog
Mr. Puffy's Christmas Wrapping tips!
Many years ago we spent Christmas in Chile and we were in the tiny town of Antofagasta in the days preceding the holiday. This is an industrial town and the farthest most town at the North end of Chile and largely comprised of mine and industrial workers with low incomes. I was struck by the festive feel to this town and the way they came together as a community and, like the Whos of Whoville, they didn't need a lot of money to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.
I always think of this town as Christmas approaches and have made one of their traditions my own. All along the streets in the days prior to Christmas the shop fronts are lined with small folding chairs and rolls of Christmas paper spread everywhere. When you purchased a gift you came outside and they would wrap your gift for you in a manner that I have ever since copied and would like to share with you.
This is a very simple and a fun way to wrap a gift if you don't have a box or even if you do. You simply cut a swath of wrapping paper sufficiently large to encase your gift. You then create a paper sack by folding over the edges of the paper (only overlap it a small amount) and then tape the edges together. Then you place your your gift inside the sack (along with some tissue paper) and fold over the top opening. Tape the top opening closed and you are done! All that remains is to add a festive gift tag that is attached with a Christmas sticker. This year I purchased my gift tags from Mulberry-Muse but you can find a wide selection of handmade gift tags on Etsy in a variety of prices.
I love a package that crinkles and teases with mystery ~ which this one does ~ and I hope you do too!
Until next time, be well and love well. Enjoy the spirit of the holidays and don't forget to watch my personal favorite holiday classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.