September 11, 2009
Does anyone remember that old Dunkin Donuts commercial where the guy leaves the house early in the morning, muttering, “Time to make the donuts.”? Well around here, I’m hearing muttering that sounds like, “Time to make the knitting gift list.” (Of course I know that some of you are WELL into your lists, and a few of you are all finished. Seriously. Finished. Holy cow.) For those who might still be pondering, here are some of the ideas on my possibilities list for this season:
I love Johanne’s mitten patterns. For those who have not done colorwork before, remember that you only deal with two colors on any given row. Easy peasy. These are best done up in solids and semi-solids like the colors from Louet, Alchemy, Dye Dreams and Dream in Color Smooshy. I have mittens on my list for someone this year.
I still like Fetching for a great fingerless mitt pattern, and they knit up quickly. I think these would be gorgeous done up in Malabrigo Seleccion Privada. (Or for a more semi-solid look, try them in Shibui Knits Worsted. I keep eyeing that Peacock colorway.) I did mine in Schaefer Lola – also a great yarn for that.
Some of my favorite scarf patterns come from Jojoland. Of course they look beautiful in the Jojoland colors (and we have more of those arriving next week), but they also look beautiful in solids and semi-solids. And if it’s going around my the giftee’s neck, I they’ll want it to be soft. Perfect yarns for these would be Hand Maiden Casbah, String Theory Caper, MacKintosh, Shibui Baby Alpaca, and The YoYo Cashsport.
I also love the Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, and have made some of those. You can hardly go wrong with any color combination. I like Fiesta Boomerang (we have a big order arriving any day), but I also want to try one with Hand Maiden’s Sea Three. Luscious. This one was done with Lorna’s Laces Sport – Vera and Pioneer. And then there are those Noro Silk Garden Worsted Scarves, shown in the first photo today. (K1, P1 down and back with one color Noro, K1, P1 down and back with a second color Noro.) There are too many quick scarf options.
Anne Hanson has some great cowl patterns. (And you know, she also has some great scarf patterns, too.) I made her Spiraluscious cowl last year and it would make a quick and easy gift. Try some cowls in Ella Rae, Enchanted Knoll Farm, and Hand Maiden Mini Maiden or Swiss Mountain Sea Sock.
I have yet to be a big shawl knitter. (Ok – a shawl knitter at all. Although I’m totally enjoying my Girasole Shawl in the KAL that we’re doing.) I may have found the pattern to get me in with both feet. I found it on Ravelry and just bought it. Now to figure out what yarn to use. I also favorited this one. Both call for fingering weight yarn with about 1 skein used. Come to think of it, that might be a good one to go stash-busting for. (Added later: Too late. I already walked around Loopy and found new yarn to use. Mini Maiden for one and Swiss Sock for the other. I’m bad. No wonder my stash continues to grow… )
Do your friends and family members appreciate knitted gifts? Or do you steer clear of that? How many gifts will you knit for others this season?