It’s hard to believe that we’re already talking about the upcoming Holiday Season! It seems like just yesterday that lemonade was being sipped and toes were being dipped as a means to stay cool. My grandmother starts asking me in June about what I might want for the holidays so I guess I’m used to it at this point! And in the shop we’ve been noticing a lot of greens and reds being purchased…
Let’s talk about the 2016 Interweave Knits Holiday issue. So. Much. Fun. If the delicate lace shawl on the cover doesn’t draw you in then perhaps the Cable and Knotted projects, 23 Knits for Hearth and Home, and gift ideas for friends and family (or your own wish list) will get you hooked. There is also a “sweet and sophisticated collection of heritage knits for children” that includes some lovely projects for the little ones in your life.
There are two items that I can’t stop thinking about. The first is the porcupine DPN Holder. You’ve got to see it to believe. Trust me. You’ll want one. The other item is our very own ad for our . Keep an eye out for it… there’s info for a free pattern involved with the purchase of yarn and it is the perfect easy holiday project.
Here are just three of many stand out patterns from the holiday issue:
“The rugged Traverse Mitts are simple gauntlets featuring a striking central cable. Worked in the round in sport weight yarn, these mitts will keep your hands warm without limiting movement as you stack firewood or hang Christmas lights”. Worked in the round from the cuff up, we recommend knitting these mitts in FlyWheel Yarn by Harrisville Designs, a heathered sport weight yarn whose colors are inspired by the natural elements of New England.
“Light and luxurious, the Mantilla Stole features a large central lace panel and a knitted-on edging”. The body of this shawl is worked back and forth in rows. Stitches are picked up side to side and joined to the body one row at a time. The JaggerSpun Maine Line 2/8 Yarn and JaggerSpun Heather 2/8 Yarn would work perfectly for this project. These lovely 100% wool yarns are spun right here in Maine where we know cozy! We’re big fans of JaggerSpun’s heathered options but there are loads of solid colors in lovely jewel tones to choose from too.
Now, this last project is too much. Who doesn’t love a fully knitted pair of overalls? These Tiny Tidings Overalls are “rugged, functional, and adorable. They can handle whatever mischief your little tyke gets into. Worked from the bottom up in easy garter stitch, the overalls feature a colorwork panel that offers a last sweet bit of knitting”. The Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash Yarn will keep your little one warm with the added bonus of being able to wash off any yogurt or applesauce.
Whatever you choose, we’re happy to help you get started on your holiday gifts, stay on the lookout for more cozy and crisp winter projects in upcoming newsletters!