Gift Knitting: A Quick Idea for the Holidays

I used to do really elaborate gift guides for my old beauty and accessories blog back in the day. It was fun and I incorporated my friends and got to use my publication design skills to put together mini magazines and have fun…and then everyone started to do gift guides and I was over it. Added wrinkle now, I make a lot of my gifts for my closest family and friends so traditional gift guides don’t do it for me. But I thought I’d share a pattern or two between now and the holidays that I’ve seen/bought recently that would make lovely gifts.

First up, how lovely is this Asiri Necklace? I used to knit link chain necklaces and braided strand necklaces in my early knitting days. This makes me want to make some fun necklaces with cool colors of yarn or with a really indulgent skein of silk or cashmere. Added bonus, make it bigger and bolder with worsted weight yarn in a wild color! Clearly that’s what I’ll do when I make it for myself. LOL

Any fun patterns for gift knitting? Share! 

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Stitching Status: Fast Weekends

GAHHH! How is it Monday?
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Since we’ve moved our clocks back my dogs have been waking me up on Saturdays and Sundays around 6:30am, so my weekends have started earlier which gives me more time to knit. By 9:30am I’ve done grocery shopping, laundry and some cooking so I don’t feel bad about sitting down and watching some TV.
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This weekend I watched the first season of Strangers Things with Cher and Jelly. I’m not a big sci-fi fan but my husband watched it and wanted me to give it a try. I don’t like monsters but the story gave me enough to be intrigued.
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My sister’s birthday is today but she’s out of town so I’ve got a few more days to finish up her birthday gift. Since she reads the blog I won’t do a full reveal but here’s a sneak peek.
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I’m in the last bit of knitting that I need to do and I’m excited because the yarn for my husband’s sweater arrives today! So once this is done I want to whip up two dog sweaters for the girls and then focus on a sweater for Kenny before the holidays. Then I might get to turn back to focusing on some knitting for me!

FO: Rock Lobster

Update: This pattern is now available via Ravelry

It’s Friday and finally feeling like late fall/early winter around Maryland and DC. Aside from being able to wear my knits, I love the fall foliage this time of year. The colors are just gorgeous, if only I had more daylight hours to view it. My neighborhood gets so beautiful, so I decided to pop into my backyard to get better light to take these pictures for my latest finished object. Remember that test knit I was working on?
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I finished it! Meet the sweater I’m calling Rock Lobster. Why, Rock Lobster?

Well I used a yarn I’ve never used before, Sirdar Cotton Rich Aran and the color was called Lobster Pot. Plus the pattern (which has yet to be released and I will let you know when it is) is going to be called South Bay sweater which makes me think of water. So Rock Lobster just popped into my head while I was knitting this one. [Side note, I think the color should’ve been Lobster Claw instead of Lobster Pot because it’s the color of a lobster shell…but whatever I’m not in charge of naming yarns. Although that would be a fun job.]
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I remember when Samantha posted this photo on instagram after a sweater makealong. I loved the gathers, the garter panel and the shortened sleeve. It was a perfect silhouette for a pullover, just my style and shape but also a simple top down knit. I jumped at the change to test knit this one for her so I could make one (or many) for myself. I ended up grabbing the Sirdar yarn on sale on yarn.com because I wasn’t sure I’d have enough of a solid color in my stash and I wanted something with cotton to make it a lighter pullover for layering. Despite a little splitting in one skein and a few knots, I really love the drape that the cotton yarn added to this pullover. It’s also super light, so I can wear this in the early summer and not freeze to death in my chilly office. I could also totally see this done in 100%  cotton yarn as just a short sleeved version for summer. No matter what, this will be made again.
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The pattern will also have the option for a cowl neck as well. I could totally see that in a nice wooly yarn. Cowls aren’t my favorite so I was happy to whip up the crew neck version. I absolutely love this sweater and can’t wait to share the pattern with you once it’s live on Ravelry. It’s a super quick knit!