Holiday Treats: A Slideshow and A Free Pattern Ebook


(OK, I just had to get that out of my system.)

Happy Halloween, everyone! (The guy in the photo chimes in, "And you think YOU have trouble with socks!"

Today, as is fitting and right, I have a few treats for you (but no tricks).

And don't worry about the gargoyle. I'm getting him Ann Budd's Getting Started Knitting Socks for Christmas. That ought to help him fit those big paws of his. (He might have to trim his claws a bit…)

Your Knitted And Crocheted Costumes: A Slideshow

We received over a hundred entries for the Knitting Daily Readers' Handmade Halloween Costume Gallery…and after looking through all the brilliantly crafty entries, we realized that we couldn't pick just a few to show you–we had to show you ALL of them. So our trusty techies have put toghether a nifty slideshow of all the costume photos you sent in. 


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Thanks to everyone who posed for a photo, wrangled a pet into a costume, or sent in a picture. We had so much fun looking at all your creativity. (I had no idea one could knit a mohawk. Nor a zoidberg. In fact, I am still not sure just exactly what a zoidberg is, but there's a knitted and felted one in that slideshow for you.) 

Thank you ALL for making our Knitting Daily Halloween so spookily festive!

— Sandi


A Little Something Special: A Free Pattern Collection from Knits Gifts 2008

The traffic is frightful; the parking lots are a nightmare; and if you hear Silver Bells one more time, you're liable to become a gibbering fool. But you have all those aunties, or uncles, or friends, left on your list…and no time for elaborate sweaters for each of them. Heck, you don't even have time to knit them each a little scarf…but you do want to give handmade presents this season, a little bit of yarny love for the people who give so much love to you the year 'round.

So what about a knitted or crocheted ornament? Little, quick, easy; a bit of pretty yarn and a little time and you have handmade magic to give! Here are patterns for three knitted ornaments, one crocheted ornament, and a charming gift bag, ready to whip up in an evening or less: Download the free collection A Little Something Special now.

More Holiday Fun: Knits Gifts 2008 and the Count The Sheep Contest

What will you knit for Auntie Marge? Yep, it's that time of year when fiberfolk the world over are wracking their brains trying to come up with gift ideas. So, just in time to help you come up with that something special for Auntie Marge, we proudly present our special Knits Holiday Gifts issue! This year, there are 30 patterns for everything from aran slippers to a simple-yet-stunning scarf, from easy cozy bedsocks to lace curtains. Take a look at all the wonderful projects in this issue! I'm to the point where I don't know what to knit first. (I know. I said I don't knit gifts at the holidays. I'm being seduced by the thought of my mom's happy smile when her cold toes wrapped up in those aran slippers.)

How many sheep can you find in Knits Gifts? To add to the fun, Franklin Habit has drawn a series of cute little sheep to adorn the pages of Knits Gifts–there are sheep hanging from project photos, sheep peeking out of pattern pages, sheep all over! What's this all about? Why, it's a Count The Sheep Contest, of course! Count all Franklin's woolly friends in this issue, answer a few easy questions about their antics, and you could win an autographed copy of his book, It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons.

Enter the Count The Sheep Contest

Look for Knits Holiday Gifts 2008 and It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons at your local yarn shop, or buy them online from us at one of the links below.

Purchase Knits Holiday Gifts 2008

Purchase It Itches by Franklin Habit

What's on Sandi's needles? No second sock syndrome here. I'm part-way through the second sock I am knitting for Nicholas, a Nancy Bush pattern from Knitting On The Road. (I'm knitting Denmark. No, not the entire country of Denmark, just the sock called Denmark.)

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