Pamper Yourself with a Knitted Treat
Sometimes holiday knitting can become a grind. Try as we might, there’s almost always some stress involved in gift knitting, mainly because we think we can get more done that we can. Time is the enemy of the holiday knitter.
In the last few years, I have alleviated this stress by alleviating holiday knitting altogether. But this year, the call of the handknit gift has captured me, and I’m casting on. I am a selfish knitter, though, so I’m also planning a couple of things for myself.
Knits for Me
Interweave Knits Gifts 2019 is full of ideas for gift knitting, natch, but there are also some little things that I can’t live without.
Fiona Munro’s Chamomile Tea Towels are so pretty. I have a problem with tea towels in that I can’t resist them; I buy them as souvenirs on trips or just because they’re cool. And these are definitely cool! Knit with Sugarbush Cabot, a cotton/linen/flax blend, they’ll beautify your kitchen for years.
My iPad needs a little love. I’m not a fan of bulky cases for my tech—in fact, I’ve given up on them completely. I use a stand for my iPad, which doesn’t work with any type of case, and instead of taking a case on and off all the time, I’ve left my iPad naked. When I went to a retreat last weekend, I did worry a little about it as it rattled around in my bag. And then I saw these little cozies! Problem solved. Uma designed these in Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, an acrylic yarn perfect for these types of projects. It’ll do a great job protecting your tech!
Susanna IC has hit it out of the park with the Twining Ivy Stole. Its combination of lace and cables had me at hello, and being knit with Plymouth Yarn Worsted Merino Superwash, it’ll fly off the needles. We have cold winters here in Spokane, and I can definitely picture myself wrapping up in this cozy stole.
Knits for Others
Browsing through this year’s issue of Interweave Knits Gifts, I noticed that the majority of the projects are totally doable in the holiday-knitting timeframe. That’s crucial to keeping the stress level manageable, right? I’ve chosen those types of projects for the people on my list.
This little beanie is both beautiful and quick to knit. A win-win in the gift knitting arena! I love it as shown here, in the pretty pastels of Manos del Uruguay Maxima, a sumptuous worsted-weight yarn. Sarah chose a simple lace shell pattern for her beanie, and I love it in those cool colors of Maxima.
I have a bunch of lavender in my garden that’s ready to be harvested and made into yummy smelling items. Donna Kay’s Balsam & Lavender Sachets are the perfect packages for the heavenly aroma of dried lavender. These little lovelies are knit up in Brown Sheep Company Stratosphere, a DK-weight superwash wool. You’ll have them done lickety-split, and it’s just matter of filling a muslin bag with your scent of choice, and Bob’s your uncle!
So there it is, my plan for fall and winter gift knitting, including some must-have items for myself. What will you pamper yourself with from Interweave Knits Gifts 2019?