Note from Sandi: Here's the third in our series of "heirloom" staff projects from the Summer 2009 issue of Interweave Knits. This time, Eunny Jang, editor of Knits, gives us a lovely yet quick knitted lace pattern--just in time for a last-minute Mother's Day gift!
"Heirloom" can mean a lot of things; I tend to think a lot about the old-fashioned urge to make the simple functional items of our daily lives beautiful and worth looking at as well as useful. I love fresh-smelling linens but hate heavy or chemical-based scents and sprays. So simple sachets do the trick nicely. This little lace version is so quick to make that I've got one now in every drawer: I lke filling mine with lavender and dried bergamot rind.
Some other sachet recipes you might like are:
- Your favorite potpourri, crushed (obviously);
- Dried herbs and spices - seasonal sachets can be nice; whole cinnamon and cloves for winter, dried lemon and lavender for spring;
- Essential oils dropped on some cotton wadding;
- Loose tea leaves you like the scent of;
- Soap shavings (dry!) or leftover slivers, nestled into cotton wadding;
- Sawdust or shavings from wood (cedar is nice!).
For more ideas for last minute heirloom gifts for the mother in your life, check out the Summer 2009 Interweave Knits. (If your local yarn shop doesn't have a copy, you can order one here.)
Download the free pattern for Eunny's Lace Sachet
Sandi Wiseheart is the founding editor of Knitting Daily. She is now the author of the popular Knitting Daily blog: What's on Sandi's Needles.
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