Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Holiday Knitting Part 1 - Labors of Love.

My daughter tweeted today that she was wanting to listen to Christmas music and how lame was that. I replied I didn't think it was lame at all. The needlepoint deadline for Christmas finishing was ten days ago; we've been in a holiday state of mind for weeks!

Fortunately for us knitters, we have a longer timeline to finish up those holiday gifts. Three months from today for Christmas and a few weeks less for Hannukah (it starts December 8). So our first installment in the gift category is for projects that could take a month or two (or more). Those we call "labors of love".

First up - socks. A labor of love if you knit them in sock (aka "fingering weight") yarn and especially if you knit them for folks with larger feet, like that special man in your life? We have a huge assortment of yarns in stock right now that would be perfect for socks; here are Jessica's top picks:
L-R: Smooshy (with cashmere!) in Good Luck Jade, Frolicking Feet in Plum Pudding (how appropriate!), and Claudia Handpaints in Argyle II (yep, three skeins if you're knitting for large feet)
Next - a beaded cowl. We've been a fan of the Jeweled Cowl pattern for a few months, so we have a variety of beads and plenty of those tiny crochet hooks to attach them. The pattern calls for laceweight, but we like using fingering (no other pattern modifications); around 400-450 yards makes a nice sized cowl. Marci pulled these three yarn/bead combinations. She especially likes the Claudia Handpaints with the pink beads (and I'll bet she didn't even notice the colorway was called Truffles!)
L-R: Smooshy (again!) in Wisterious, Claudia Handpaints (again!) in Truffles and Malabrigo Sock in Playa.
And last but definitely not least - a throw. We are in love with Swans Island and the Swans Island Throw (sadly no photos on-line, but we have the pattern in the shop) is the knitted version of their heirloom blanket. It's worked in linen stitch, so the fabric looks woven. The pattern suggests size 10-1/2 needles, 2,500 yards (10 skeins) of their worsted for the main color and another 250 yards (one skein) for the contrast to make a 46"x57" throw. If that's too much labor - how about using Ella Rae Chunky and size 13 or 15 needles? You'd need about 16 balls of the main color and one more for the stripes.
L-R: Ella Rae Chunky, the pattern, and the suggested Swans Island Worsted
Stay tuned for scarf suggestions in our next installment.  And if you're planning gift knitting, please chime in here, or on Facebook or our Ravelry group and let us know how it's going. We'll cheer each other on!

1 comment:

  1. I need to get hopping! So far the plan is 2 Beagle scarves, an Owlet sweater, and a vest for my hubby. Have started one Beagle. Yikes!