It's true that I've been in sort of a functional craft mode lately. Never discount the pleasure to be had in simple, traditional handiwork like knitting, crochet and sewing. Whether the end result is "artsy" or merely useful, there is something so satisfying about taking a piece of cloth or a skein of yarn and transforming it. For a gift exchange I utilized a variety of skills in progress. I crocheted some dishcloths in gorgeous chartreuse and sky blue, created some dish towels by adding matching patchwork fabric to the ends of a length of utility cloth, and whipped up some crazy log cabin quilted potholders. That was so much fun that I made some additional potholders for another friend. I found a use for some of my Spoonflower fabrics and other bits of delightful cloth in my scrap bin. These are, to me, small works of art.