Happy Holidays! (read: can you believe it's almost time to deck the halls and cross names off of lists?!)
Well, it's true. and there's no sense attempting to ignore it. Since we're weeks away from Halloween, that means that we are less than 12 weeks from the end of the year.
Have plans to knit for anyone this year? What will you make?
Socks? A hat? A cute little bag? Scarf?
This new compilation from Interweave includes 25 of their favorite patterns and as I looked through the copy the patterns looked like ones I'd have fun making for others.
The thing is, you really have to start early if you plan to make for a lot of people... and in order to begin, you must first decide what to make. Here are a few of my favorites:
My favorite piece is the Modern Quilt Wrap by Mags Kandis - Super yummy in Kidsilk Haze, I can imagine how excited someone might be receiving this as a gift. The colors make me smile, and I know that yarn is incredibly comfy, warm, and lightweight.
The Hourglass Rib Socks by Chrissy Gardner made it on my "love" list because it's an interesting pattern and it looked like the kind of design someone might make and then stash away for when they had the occasion to give a lovely gift. Anyone would love a pair of hand knit socks for the holidays, right? Cozied up in front of the fireplace... wearing gorgeously knit handmade socks... sipping cocoa, listening to holiday music while the snow falls (of fog rolls in if you're in San Francisco like me!)....
Less time consuming? The Wanderer cap by Jared Flood looks like an easy weekend project. Worked in another favorite yarn of mine (Shelter) its the type of timeless design we've come to expect from Mr. Flood.
OK last but not least... Ann Budd's Toe-up travelers caught my eye. A bit more interest in this design, and decidedly feminine, I especially like how the patterning continues up through the ribbing at the top of the sock. Crafted in Quince and Company Tern they have to be sheer luxury. (OK, OK... I love good yarn... what can I say!)
But what if the recipient is another knitter? I find these are the best people to knit for... they understand the time, energy, and heart that goes into a handmade item more than anyone else, because they also knit.
Perhaps you'd like to give a copy of this book to a friend for the holidays? I have a copy to send to you! To earn your chance, comment on this blog post and let me know what your favorite thing to make for the holidays is.... and you'll be entered!
(that "thing" could be something knitted, crocheted, quilted, carved, cooked, baked, or painted... whatever it is that sparks the holidays for you... share away!) -
Enter by Saturday, October 11, 2014 11:59pm.
Happy Holidays! :)
UPDATE: Winner Announced