October 29, 2012
We’ve been thinking about you East Coasters all day, and hoping that you stay safe and warm and dry. (The stash is in a safe place, right?) What a storm to ride out. We’ll stay on top of the news and do let us know that you’re doing ok!
It’s Monday, but we don’t have an Update tonight. (I know!) Although we have lots and lots on order, we just didn’t get much in last week to put up. Maybe the UPS and FedEx people got together and decided to stockpile our new shipments, to get a week off? Of course you realize we still have thousands and thousands of skeins of yarn nestled on the shelves here at Loopy, ready to hop in a package and fly on over to your home, right? So it’s not like you have nothing to choose from without a Monday Update. Since some of you are home-bound with Hurricane Sandy, I thought I’d take the time to start our holiday gift knitting discussion, and give you some fun possibilities. You might get some good knitting time in over the next week. (Maybe by candlelight.)
Teacher Gift Ideas: A cute stuffed apple, 3D Apple Bookmark, Apple Coasters, or an apple cozy in Cascade 220 Superwash 808 and 887. Of course you don’t have to make them something apple-themed. You could also opt for a fingerless mitts like Susie Roger’s Reading Mitts (in Cascade Eco Alpaca for soft mitts in neutral colors that go with all coat colors, or Dream in Color’s Everlasting DK for some color pop), or Cafe au Lait mitts (tucked into a new coffee mug with a Starbucks coupon, in Road to China Light, shown here in Carnelian), or the Cabled Pattern Wrist Warmers from Drops, which remind me of a favorite cabled turtleneck for your hands (perfect in Madelinetosh Sport).
Cowls like Biscuit (done in luscious cashmere from Jade Sapphire’s line), or Abstract Leaves Cowl (in Lorna’s Laces Solemate, shown here in South Shore, which will help to regulate the hot/cold, and with the option of beads), or a Brighton (in your favorite multi-color from Three Irish Girls Adorn or Glenhaven), or a Byzantine (in The Loopy Ewe Solid Series colors).
Shawls like Cinnamon Toast (in Stonehedge Shepherd’s Wool DK), or Trillion (in Mountain Colors Bearfoot, shown here in Sapphire Trail), or Lightwaves (in Kauni Multi and Kauni Solid), or Topiary (in Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted).
I know it would be helpful to start all of the gift knitting in January, but despite my best intentions, it never happens. Why? Because I scurry around and make gifts in November and December and then figure I want to knit something for myself, come January. One of these years I’ll learn (plan, execute) better. But not yet. Next week I’ll give you some pattern ideas for the guys in your life. Are you making a lot of gifts this year? And did you plan better than I did?