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Cool crafts: Knitting, candles and cards

We've got things covered if you want to get crafty or buy handmade gifts.

The Sow's Ear offers a variety of classes for both the the beginner and the seasoned knitter. For someone just learning, check out the arm knitting workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21. For the seasoned yarn-slinger, sign up for the holiday intarsia gift bag workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Both classes are $25. 125 S. Main St., Verona

The Knitting Tree has you covered with knitting materials to create the warmest of items this winter. Don't know how to knit? TKT offers private lessons great for you and a friend. 2636 Monroe St.

Wrap your hands around some quality yarn at these other great knitting stores: KnitCircus Studio and Store, 634 Grand Canyon Drive; Wisconsin Craft Market, 148 Westgate Mall; Off the Beaten Path Yarnery, 1216 Williamson St.; Prairie Junction Yarn, 227 E. Main St., Sun Prairie; Woodland Studios, 195 E. Main St., Stoughton; The Cat and Crow, 205 E. Main St., Mount Horeb.

Get your mitts on these mittens 
The Re-Mitt Project transforms old wool sweaters into one-of-a-kind mitten pairs that are 100 percent recycled. No two pairs are the same, and all proceeds benefit the River Food Pantry. Men's and women's mittens are $30 and Wisconsin Badgers mittens are $40. Visit to find sale locations. 

Cute Cards
Emily Balsley, local illustrator and super mom, can help you create what will surely be the most interesting holiday card on your friends' fridges this year. Her illustrated family portraits are a fun, different way to spread the joy this season. She starts in her sketchbook with hand-drawn portraits of each family member—making sure to capture the personalities of the family—and then she redraws the portrait in PhotoShop. Price depends on the size of the family and number of pets, but start at $120. Emily Balsley Illustration,

Custom candles
Karner Blue Candle & Supply is a female-owned business that prides itself on its environmentally friendly candle products. Pick up a few for stocking stuffers or create your own candle in a class starting at $35. 1915 Monroe St. 

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