Speedy Gifts

There’s still time to knit a couple of small yet festive holiday gifts.  That’s what I keep telling myself anyway!  And since I’ve been stricken with some sort of sneaky virus whose main characteristic has been fatigue of the too-tired-to-knit variety, I need fast projects.  When I occasionally resurface from the haze of Sick, I have been working on these little guys:

Fast, friendly, and kitschy all at once, they’re the perfect tidbit for the wine or yarn lover in your life.

  • Pattern: Korknisse (free pattern)
  • Yarn: Pink Carrot Creations, about 12 yards
  • Needles: US size 4/3.5 mm
  • Mods: I knit this with 2 strands of sock yarn held together.  Knit 2 plain rows between each decrease on the hat, and used the tail to make a hanging loop.

I’ve also been working on more beaded ornaments.  I thought I had quite a stash of them, until I started giving them away like candy to PB’s music teacher, as hostess gifts, and as gift toppers.  The good news is I have plenty of sock yarn leftovers and a decent selection of beads, so in a couple of hours of knitting I should be able to finish ornaments for the rest of my gifts list.  If you’re in need of a quick knit gift with a big payoff, take a look at my most recent pattern:

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I have also been the lucky recipient of some great handmade gifts recently.  The first came from a holiday traditions swap I participated in over at Sweetbug Farm.  My partner Darcy and I sent each other packages that contained a handmade ornament/decoration, some recipes, and a description of some of our favorite holiday traditions.  She sent me the most amazing package!  I always say that knitters are the most generous people, but I think I’m going to have to amend that to say creative people are the most generous since she’s a quilter and not a knitter.  She kindly took my obsession into consideration, and made me this lovely yarny wreath.  I promptly hung it on my craft room door where I see it all the time.

She also sent me a mountain of homemade cookies, which I have been dutifully testing out, as well as two adorable dresses for PB.  I was blown away by this swap experience, and it has restored my faith in such activities.  Thanks again, Darcy!

And last but not least, is a little something I received from my BFF in Connecticut:

Recognize anyone in those stitch markers?  These tiny treasures are from Knit Girl in Idaho, who can take your photos or artwork and transform them into stitch markers.  This is one of the most thoughtful and personal gifts I have received, and I can’t wait to put them onto a projects.

Okay, so I think that’s it for now.  A bit scattered, but that’s how I’m feeling this week!  I hope you enjoy the holiday weekend, whatever your plans may be.  I’m off to bed to work on some top-secret knitting I’m trying to get done before Saturday…

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