Crochet might not be as “comfort food” as biscuits and gravy, but it’s darned close. The reasons are obvious. First, it’s a classic gift choice warmly suggestive of an investment of time, or at the very least thoughtfulness on the part of the owner; and second, let’s face it, it’s a lost art that our grandmothers practiced expertly and often—and who doesn’t love a grandma? The assumption that knit socks can’t be rocked by a younger crowd, however has finally met its match. Meet Caiti of Caitijo Crochet, an 18-year-old Georgia-based independent crafter whose marriage to the art of crochet is one of the most refreshing collaborations since Georgia’s most famous college band, R.E.M., tapped 70-year-old preacher-folk artist Howard Finster to paint its album covers.
Caiti’s work is original, made-to-order, and quietly stylish without a whiff of pretense. And as for cozy, if this designer could be persuaded to crochet a sleeping bag, you’d probably winter in it, emerging only for cocoa breaks, reruns of The Sound of Music, and the eventual return of spring. In addition to her bestselling Sunshiney Slipper Socks, which are every bit as effervescent and charming as the name implies, Caiti’s craftsmanship forays into footwear for children such as the Girly Girl Slippers, hand-pampering apparel such as her Bashful in Black Gloves, and to grace the neck, a variety of long and lovely Scarflings. And for the participant fortunate enough to win today’s giveaway, Caiti will also be hand-crafting one Kelly Green Beanie Hat (like the one in Caiti's profile picture) for your pleasure. To enter, just visit CaitiJo Crochet, then come back here to tell us about your favorite product. Wishing Willow subscribers earn an extra entry; be sure to let us know in a second post if you’re a subscriber. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” The winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends 10/20/08. Best of Luck!
**We have a winner! cathyhall who said...I am in love with those slippers, girly girl, sunshine or pixie. Too cute. Thanks wishing Willow!***