It is that time of year again, where every non-knitter is wondering what to buy for the knitter in their life. To make things a little easier, I have decided to do a quick round up of knitting related goodies on my list this year.
1)Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting by Ann Hood Possibly the only thing that I love as much as knitting is reading about/listening to others who are passionate about knitting. This book explores what is so magical about knitting in 27 essays.
2) Geode Glitter Sock Yarn – TheLittleMountYarnCo The lovely Madeline from TheLittleMountYarnCo dyes the most beautiful yarns and this is no exception. I love the shades of purple and blue in this sock yarn and the stellina adds just the right amount of sparkle – who doesn’t like a little sparkle at Christmas?
3) Sweater Stitch Markers – needleclicksEtc These beautiful stitch markers are just what every knitter needs to keep their projects organised and fun. They come in all sorts of woolly knits from socks and mittens to sweaters. You certainly won’t get these mixed up with anybody else’s stitch markers at knit club!
4) Sock Blockers – Knit Pro Sock blockers are an essential tool for those who love knitting socks…and it can get a bit addictive. There are so many lovely blockers out there, but the knit pro ones are a great starter.
5) Knitting Mug – KellyConnorDesigns this cheeky and playful mug is perfect for any knitter who likes craft based puns. This is the perfect gift if you do not feel confident enough choosing yarns or accessories.
What is on your Christmas list this year?
Well, it is that time of year again. The secret knitting has started…sort of, and by that I mean I have written a (long) list and have dug some yarn out of my stash. The knitting has not started yet, but it will very soon. I am really challenging myself this year, with eight things to have ready to gift by the 25th December.
There is something very exciting about making things for people that you love. I am very lucky that my list of people to knit for has grown so much this year, but with the excitement comes a little bit of dread. There is so much to be done, and I certainly feel the pressure to make sure that everything is as good as I can make it.
What are your plans for Christmas knitting?
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be chosen by the lovely Madeline of The Little Mount Yarn Co. to test knit her new sock pattern. It is a fantastic pattern and super easy – perfect for knitting whilst watching festive movies. Madeline published the pattern last weekend and you can get it on Ravelry. The Evergreen Socks were top of the Whats Hot list on Ravelry within 48 hours of being published, and everyone seems to be loving them.
I used 2.5mm DPNs and about 1.4 balls (320 yards) of Adriafil Classic Azzurra in a lovely festive green (colourway 035) – Madeline had already used a semi-solid colourway for her test knit, so I used a solid to highlight the stitch pattern of the tree.
These would be perfect for anyone who has already completed vanilla socks and wanted to try something a little different, or for someone who has never knit socks before and wants to give themselves an added challenge. There are no complicated stitches, and the pattern caters for two sizes (medium and large) and the medium size is perfect for most women – with a cast on of 64 stitches.
These will certainly be keeping my feet warm this winter. What are you currently knitting?
I have wanted to knit a Noro Striped Scarf ever since I learnt to knit as a teenager. It is so simple but the colours are stunning and there are so many possible combinations, that you could make them forever without getting bored of wondering which tones and shade will appear next.
The only thing that held me back from making one was the price. Noro was way out of my price range when I was a teenager, but I kept thinking that one day I would make one of my own. That day has come…
I am so happy with how it looks so far. I say so far, because it is not finished yet, but as this is my mindless knitting for the moment it is on hold due to secret Christmas knitting. This is the first time that I have ever used Noro, and as Jared Flood’s brilliantly simple pattern outline suggests, I am using Silk Garden. There are lots of examples on Ravelry of people substituting yarns, and they all look amazing too.
This was the wip what I had with my on the train to Yarndale, and it was perfect as I could just sit and watch the beautiful countryside go past, and when we pulled into stations I could have a little look at how the colours were emerging. It is so easy to see why people knit several of these, they really are addictive. I love how the yarn becomes softer once it has been handled. I was a little concered that it might be a big scratchy, but when I feel it when it is knitted up, it is so much softer.
Having spent the past hour looking at all of the beautiful things that people have been making with various Noro yarns, I have a feeling that this won’t be my only encounter with it.
They say that time flies when you are having fun, and that must certainly be true for me. It seems as though that August was only yesterday, but here we are in the middle of October and there are less than 75 days to Christmas. This sounds like lots of time to most people, but for knitters than plan to give their creations as gifts then it is not much time at all.
Sadly I do not have any photos of my knitting to show you today, as they have to remain as secrets for 75 days. As always though, the urge to cast on a new project is strong, and I am sure that there will be something new on my needles in the next few days. Usually I am quite a selfish knitter, but every now and again I like to surprise myself, and I will be knitting for at least four people. The yarn has been bought, and patterns have been decided on, so all that remains is the knitting…