While those of you in the northern hemisphere are busy knitting up mittens and scarves, those of us down south are thinking about summery gifts - like good old sun hats! This one is actually a birthday gift for an outdoorsy friend, made using a pattern from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing book. It was very easy and quick to create and didn't use much fabric. The hat has rows of stitches around the brim which helps to keep it sturdy, and has a contrasting fabric for lining.
I also need to share with you all that Pip Lincolne, Australian's Queen of Craft, has just posted a list of 307 handmade gift tutorials on her blog, Meet Me At Mikes. Can you believe it? I'm still working my way through the list, but there is endless crafty ideas to be found there (and Pip's tutorials for crocheting, if you wanted to learn).