Have you ever knit something, maybe for a gift or for the holidays, and wanted to give it a little extra special something without a whole lot of work on your part?
I got the chance to play with a fun new product, Mr. Micknit, a DIY patch kit that’s great for adding embellishments to knitting, sewn projects, purchased items or anything else that needs a little something special. (The government would like you to know that I received a free kit but was not otherwise compensated for this review.)
The kit was designed for Michael Simon, the New York designer who began his career with loom-knit, neon-colored, slouchy sweaters and other knitwear and went on to become a CDFA recognized designer, who also claims to have “created the Christmas sweater” craze in the 1980s.
This kit certainly has all the makings for a kitschy sweater, a funky hat or even an embellished laptop.
What’s in the Kit
I got to sample “box #4,” which includes
- 3 stick-on felt patches (a nutcracker-style patch, red snowflake and reindeer)
- 2 sheets of self-adhesive felt (red and green)
- 2 lengths of holiday ribbon
- 2 balls of thread (red and green) for attaching embellishments
- assorted rhinestones, sequins, beads and buttons
There are no instructions with the kit, but you don’t really need them. The patches are all adhesive-backed, so there’s no sewing involved, and other embellishments can be hand-sewn or glued to the item you’re embellishing. (Possibly TMI, but I really could have used this kit a couple of years ago when I made a Christmas sweater bra for a charity event).
Playing with the Kit
I tried to get my daughter (almost 5) interested in the kit, and while she liked all the sparkly stuff she insisted I stole the pom-poms from her stash and would have no more to do with me. Kids.
I had a lot of fun looking at the options and thinking about how they might be used on projects.
I decided the nutcracker decal would be perfect for the side of a wine bottle cozy. I happened to have this pom-pom covered cozy that I thought would fit right in with the nutcracker vibe, so I grabbed it and stuck it on. I used one of the Christmas ribbons to tie it closed. Festive, easy, fun. And because I know you want to know, it seems to be a pretty firm adhesive but at least on this project I can peel it off and it didn’t do any damage to the knitting below.
Another idea I had was to add the snowflake and some rhinestones to this striped stocking cap. I didn’t actually stick them down, but it’s cute, right?
I want to do a little Christmas tree ornament with some of the felt sheets and other goodies, but I just don’t have time this month. So stay tuned for that.
I think this would be a great gift for the crafter with a sense of humor or who loves her projects embellished to the nth degree. It’s an easy way to add some holiday sparkle to gifts, to make festive gear for a party, or in any other way you can imagine.
Mr. Micknit offers four different holiday kits that are available through a Kickstarter going on through Sept. 15. If you pledge $29 or more you can choose a kit as your reward. Other kits include snowmen, angels and Christmas trees, among other patches. The aim of the Kickstarter is to raise $15,000 so they can develop kits for other holidays including Halloween and Valentine’s Day. What fun!
Would you ever embellish your projects like this? Or if not on knitting, how might you use this stuff? I’d love to hear your thoughts.