Friday, September 19, 2014

Only 98 Days 'Til Christmas!

Easy Christmas Stocking pattern
Sure it seems early, but if you start your holiday knitting now you can take advantage of autumn's cool evenings to relax at home while you knit leisurely - instead of panic-knitting your UFOs (unfinished objects) in the car on the way to your holiday destination! 

We've created our Holiday Central page to help you drum up ideas for your gift knitting - and also included a "Gifts for Knitters & Crocheters" section for your non-knitting friends to buy gifts for you!

So many great ideas to choose from!  Here are some of my favorites:
Interrupted Rib Scarf
  • The Wonderful Wallaby: A Hooded Sweater for All AgesWho's in the 'hood?  Anyone can be, with this unisex hooded sweater pattern that includes eleven sizes from child size 2 to an adults XX-Large.  Knit in worsted weight yarn on circular needles, I suggest using Berroco's Vintage, a soft yarn with the look of wool to create a washable hoodie.
  • The Interrupted Rib Scarf.  A scarf without silly tassels or scalloped edges - this scarf is all man!  While it will look great on anyone, it is especially perfect for those rough and tough guys who refuse to wear anything stylish.  Buy Alpaca Blend in Mountain Color Yarn's exclusive FiberWild! custom color "slate" and get the pattern for free.  Bonus:  All of our Alpaca Blend in every color, including slate, is 20% off!
  • The
    The Coryn Hat
    Coryn Hat
    .  All the best gifts come with a big bow - so here's a bow to wear everyday!  The Coryn Hat was designed by an art therapist in New York City.  It's young and fun and whoever wears it will look like a masterpiece.  It is knit in Classic Elite's Fresco, a marvelously soft blend of alpaca, angora and wool in brilliant colors.  
  • Easy Christmas Stocking.  A Christmas stocking can be full of advanced techniques and stitches - or it can be easy.  This simple stocking on circular needles can be an easy project for new knitters just starting to branch out - or it can be a blank canvas for advanced knitters to play!  Knit with Rowan's Pure Wool Worsted, a soft machine washable wool available in  great 50 colors, and for a faux fur top use HiKoo's Caribou.  Bonus:  Rowan's Pure Wool Worsted yarn is 20% off!
  • Hunny
    The Hunny Bunny
      Can you say cute!  The Hunny Bunny is an adorable stuffed bunny that will delight children (and adults!) of all ages.  The simple bunny is knit with just one skein of Tahki Yarn's Cotton Classic, a 100% mercerized cotton that is machine washable and durable. 
"My goodness!" they will say as they unwrap their gift, "How did you find the time to knit such wonderful gifts?"  And you'll smile knowing that you got an early start and didn't let the holidays sneak up on you this year!

Happy Knitting . . . .  Amy

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