Those frosted windshields and travel mugs full of hot tea mean that it’s accessory weather! Fingerless mittens have come out of storage weeks ago, I’ve started carrying around a slouchy hat in my purse for windy emergencies this week and I just sorted through my chest of knit sweaters. I’ve been pretty steadily increasing the winter wardrobes of my extended family and friends every Christmas and this year is certainly no different. I wanted to share a few of my recent favorites to add to your own knitting list!
There’s nothing quite like a handknit blanket to warm you up on a winter day. And they’re even better when they’re washable! That’s why we have several blanket kits in our super-soft, sturdy acrylic Brava yarn.
It’s hard to go wrong with the Hue Shift afghan! This favorite blanket is available as kits in four colorways…
Our friend Katrina from our sister company Connecting Threads finished a gorgeous new blanket to show you!
As the graphic designer for Connecting Threads, I’m typically blogging about small quilting and sewing projects that I’ve completed, however it’s time to switch things up a bit! Earlier this year, two of the ladies on the Knit Picks team graciously offered their time to teach a bunch of us non-yarn folk how to crochet. There is a long list of crocheting ladies in my family, and I was determined to be one of them. While I didn’t pick up on it right away, it did eventually click and I found a new craft to be obsessed with.
From scrounging in my sock yarn stash comes great things.
Like this Woobie Puppy designed by Kris Carlson!
. . .when a good friend asks you to knit a baby garment for her good friend? Well, when I think about how much Rachael has made my transition to living in Mexico so easy, the answer is simply, “Of, course.”
I’ve been busily swatching away on my dad’s sweater – and I think I’ve finally heeded to that little voice inside my head that tells me “Keep it simple!”
(photo from Raverly pattern page Contant Baby Blanket by Tina Laiho)
I have a friend whose husband is a symphony conductor. With all of the musicians playing such an important role in her life, Jody feels like they are part of her extended family. A family in which it seems someone is always having a baby.
This year, I haven’t been as excited about the holidays as I have in the past – I’m usually the one making all the cookies and sending all the cards but I haven’t been as motivated this time around. Part of it has been the fact I seem to be busier with other projects than I have been in previous years and part of it has been the sad stories on the news recently (I don’t think I need to remind you of those). But mainly I think it’s because this will be the first Christmas without my grandmother, who passed away last summer. I was very close to my grandma and she was the first person who tried to teach me knitting and crochet when I was very young (even if it didn’t catch on until much later) and over the last few years, it was wonderful to have this connection with her. We would tell each other all about the projects we were working on when I came to visit and I would always try to bring her some yarn from my stash for her to try out, since most of her yarn came from big craft shops.
Every year, she would crochet a new afghan for her children and grandchildren and they are dear treasures to all of us. This year, as my way of keeping the tradition going, I decided to crochet an afghan for my mom.
I’ve been busy starting and finishing projects left and right.
Honestly, I’ve been saying that I’m knitting presents for all those
people on my holiday list but really I’m just avoiding the massive
unfinished Hue Shift Afghan
that I’ve got stashed in my closet waiting for that “after the
holidays” time. I love the colors but it sure isn’t an immediate
gratification project like the ones I’ve been gravitating towards
By the time I’m done traveling and have actually
remembered to write “2013″ on everything instead of “2012″, I think I’ll
be in the mood to make some serious headway into that lovely blanket.
In the meantime, this is what’s been keeping me busy:
This week, Jenny and Stacey chat about what is on every knitter and crocheter’s mind this time of the year – holiday crafting! Both Jenny and Stacey share a list of their favorite knit and crochet designs for the holiday season. Find out what makes or breaks a project when it comes to crafting for the holidays and what go-to books (and eBooks) knitters and crocheters should be sure to check out this holiday season. We really love the holiday crafting season and had so much fun sharing our favorite projects and patterns. So consider yourself warned: in our holiday crafting excitement, there might be excessive uses of the words cute, pretty and adorable in addition to lots of “squeee”! And as very not-so-subtle hints for our family and friends, we also talk about what tops our very own wish lists.
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