Sundays are the day to post my updates for Year of Projects. Although I did crochet this week, I didn’t get any work done on the 25 crochet bags that make up my Year of Projects goals. However, there’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a little while in relation to this post and I thought that this was a good week to do it. It’s to make wine recommendations to go with the wine gift bags that I’ve made. After all, many of us enjoy a glass of wine along with our crochet, right?

I actually can’t claim the credit for this idea. Someone else suggested this and I feel terrible because I can’t remember now who it was. I know it was someone whose name starts with M. I think it might have been Misty from Crochet Your Way but I can’t be sure. Whoever you were – I love the idea and you should leave a comment so I can give you full credit! Update: Misty dropped by and confirmed that she was the one who gave me this great idea. Be sure to check her out at Crochet Your Way.

The original idea was to include a wine recommendation each time that I post a new wine bag gift bag. However, since I’ve already posted a few, I thought I’d do a roundup:

The above two crocheted wine bags were the first two that I did for this project. They are warm and rich and their colors make me think of winter. For that reason, I think a nice red wine would go well in each of these. The darker blue one deserves a darker red wine. I recommend the Napa Valley Merlot from Castello di Amorosa. The lighter one can use a light and bubbly red wine. A favorite of mine is actually a cheap wine from Trader Joe’s: The Le Grotte Reggiano Lambrusco. That comes in both red and white but I recommend the red here.

Here’s another set that are designed for Christmas and have a winter feel to them, especially the red one. I’d like to put a rose in the red one just because I think this lighter wine would be a little bit unexpected. My favorite is Crios Rose of Malbec. Malbec is my favorite type of red wine and this rose twist on it is super yummy and easy to enjoy. For the white bag, I’d switch it over to a red wine. One that I think goes down nicely and is also affordable and easy to fine is the Folie a Deux Menage a Trois red wine. It combines Zinfandel, Cabernet and Merlot into one tasty bottle.

This wine bottle cozy wasn’t actually made for my Year of Projects. It was made when I did a thread review of the waxed Hilo Haven thread. But it’s my favorite of the wine bottle gift bags that I’ve made this year so I wanted to include it here. What wine would I put in it? I’d go with a Malbec. I actually don’t have a favorite Malbec … I like lots of different ones and would include whatever I myself was enjoying at the time.

Do you have a favorite wine to recommend to other crocheters?


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  1. MindingMyOwnStiches Reply

    So many cute bags … I bet they’d fit a bottle of rum too, for those of us allergic to wine!

    • Kathryn Reply

      @MindingMyOwnStitches … Allergic to wine?! That’s so sad! I actually have put a rum bottle in one of these so it does work :)

  2. You’re right, Kathryn, it was I who suggested the wines! :) I like seeing your suggestions and will have to look them up at the local shops. My favorite wine right now is Riesling, especially from Washington State. Both Washington Hills and Kung Fu Girl are really good. Both are sweet and light with a bit of a bubbly sensation.

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Misty – I definitely love a good Riesling. I actually didn’t even include my all-time favorite wine yet which is a Moscato. I guess I better make some more wine bags! Thanks again for this great suggestion.

  3. Nice idea about the wine recommendations. BTW I love the colours in the granny blanket (?) behind the two bags pictured .. gorgeous autumn colours.

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thanks @Dorothy – I can’t claim credit for the granny square blanket because it was a recent thrift store find but I do love it!

  4. Aprile Mazey Reply

    I really like the thread wine bottle cover! I think I will give that one a try.

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thanks @Aprile – I thought it was really interesting to try out that thread – different from any type of thread I’d worked with before. Did you see the reviews of it around the web?

  5. I love your bags. It’s nice to see them all together. :) The recommendations are a great idea.

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thanks @Liz – I definitely enjoy seeing them all together, too. Made me realize that I really have done some good work on Year of Projects!

  6. This bottom orange one is fantastic! Love how you tied it up also. Great Halloween colors too.

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thanks @Kepanie. I’m definitely going to want to try to learn more beadwork as time goes on.

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