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: Distractions

I typically plan out what I’d like to knit each month in my head and for the most part, what I want to do gets executed. Things that I can’t complete get moved to the next month’s goals but this month I’ve been distracted in so many ways. First with my Aunt being ill and wanting to make her something.
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I decided to go with the Bermondsey cardigan just because it’s so easy to work up and I know what to expect. I cast on Thursday and don’t have much longer to go on the body. And I had some down time to myself this weekend and could’ve knocked it out but the color palette (my Aunt’s favorite color is green but she wears a ton of grey and black so I’m giving her all of that) and the monotony of this knit made me decide on something completely out of left field…I cast on a fingering weight yarn shawl.

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WWWWWHAT?!

This is Jellybean’s ‘WHAT??!!’ face. LOL
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I’ve had the Dotted Rays pattern in my library for a while. I usually pick up favorites when a designer has a sale and I like that this one can be done in fingering up to worsted weight but I actually chose to make it in fingering weight since I love my Find Your Fade shawl so much and how light it is when I wear it. Plus there are so many gorgeous finished objects and I’ve been dying to cast on with this Perwinkle Sheep yarns in Hot Mama (that hot pink) and the multicolored yarn is Manos del Uruguay in Alegria in Candombe that I bought in New Orleans last year – it was time to use it.

Then add to my ever growing list I saw this test call on Instagram for this sweater that I loved when Samantha made it for a knit-a-long so I volunteered to test knit. Fortunately she doesn’t need a finished object until Dec. 1 but man I’ve still got that sweater I want to knit my sister for her birthday next month. Clearly the shawl will be picked up when I need to change things up a bit but I’ve got a lot of knitting distractions happening right now.

What about you, what you are working on?

September’s FO’s

September has come and gone and we are deep into what my husband calls pumpkin spice season (he’s so basic). Over the weekend it was actually 45 degrees when I got up to walk the dogs. But that also means it’s sweater weather. I realize for this area I make a ton of cardigans because it’s freezing in the morning and then hot by the afternoon. It’s a nice layer to have. And in September I was able to finish a few pieces transitional weather pieces for myself AND on Saturday night I finished a lovely piece for my BFF Jess I’ll be sharing this week.
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So here’s what I was able to accomplish:

  • A Bandana Cowl using yummy Fibre Co. Tundra yarn. I’ve got a new light jacket in olive green that this will go perfectly with…now if I’d just sit down and knit myself a hat.
  • My Mint Madness Cardigan, which also matches perfectly with my knit Chuck Taylors which makes me even happier.
  • My Freestyle Fade that I cannot WAIT to wear but I need it to be 60 degrees as the high before I do that.
  • The Perfect Pink Storm for my BFF Jess. I’m going to talk about this one in depth on Wednesday but you can check my Ravelry page for now. This project was a a mix of the perfect yarn, the perfect pattern for the perfect person. I love it.

And currently, I’ve got a cardigan on my needles based on a request from my Mom. Whenever she points out something I’ve made for myself that she wants I make a mental note to add that to my ‘Must Make Mom’ list. Her birthday is next week and it might not be done in time but it will definitely be soon and I think she’s going to love it.

So what were you able to accomplish in September? Share!