last minute holiday gifts: the knitting edition

Last week we started the "Last Minute Holiday Gift" series where I'll be sharing some gift ideas that you can make, bake or buy for your friends and family. Don't worry, I'm not going to suggest that you start knitting a sweater for each of your family members. These ideas will be fast and easy...and they'll get progressively easier as we get closer to the end of the month.

Today's edition is for knitters. 

Gifts to Knit

cozy
another cozy

Coffee Mug Cozies: These cozies are perfect for people who love to enjoy their warm beverages this winter. You can use your leftover scrap yarn to make them and they're very simple and fast to make. Add a funky button and you have a great gift for the coffee lover in your life.  (Free pattern from Ravelry)

hats4and5

Simple Hats:Hat 1 (to the left) and hat 2 (right) will keep your friends and family warm this winter. These can be sized up or down. I'm terrible at measuring and knitting hats that actually fit my head so all the hats I knit for myself end up being gifts for my friends with babies and toddlers ;-)  (Free pattern for hat 1 and hat 2)

knitted cowl
Cowl Knitting Pattern

Cowls: My friends love these cowls. They take a little longer to knit than the hats and cozies, but you still have time! Cast on and get started. Find the pattern for the linear cowl here and the knobby cowl here.

Gifts for knitters

Do you have knitters in your life? Why not buy a gift certificate to Purl Soho or Knit Picks?

Want something more personal?

How about you?  Any suggestions for knitting related gifts? 

Leave a comment below and I'll randomly select 5 people to receive a free knitting pattern from my store (your choice)!

a blanket for little peanut

A few weeks ago...or more precisely a month and a half ago, I finished a project I was very excited about.  Since December I had been knitting, knitting, knitting away on a baby blanket for a good friend and her 'little peanut'.  I finished it in the beginning of February, but couldn't share my finished product here until it was officially mailed and in the hands of my friend.  And that took a while since I'm in the Dominican Republic and the blanket needed to find it's way through customs and back to the US.

I received confirmation this week that the blanket arrived so I can now share some more pictures here!  This is probably the most complicated baby blanket pattern I have tackled thus far in my knitting career.  I loved the lace and cables and it seemed perfect for a little girl.  The tough part about this pattern is that you start from the center and knit out.  Initially you feel like you're making lots of progress, but as the knitting goes on, the final rows with hundreds of stitches seem to drag on and on.  Every other row is a knit row and sometimes I felt like I'd never reach the end of those knit rows.  The pattern isn't one that you eventually memorize and I constantly needed to refer to the details.  All that to say that it was not an easy pattern, but in my opinion, well worth the effort.

I used Cotton-Ease, one of my go-to yarns for baby items.  It's soft, easy to work with, versatile, and washable.  As an added bonus, it comes in lots of great colors.  I chose this color "blossom" because it wasn't traditional pastel pink, but has more depth and almost a dusty gray to it.  [I also used Cotton-Ease for this blanket]

For all the details and to get the pattern for free, see my Raverly page.

I used the leftover yarn and some other scrap yarn to knit together a few all-purpose washcloths.  One is the ballband dishcloth (previous post or Ravelry).  The other is a double bump dishcloth (Ravelry).

Next on the needles?  I'm about 60% through with a scarf that I'm knitting to celebrate my return to the US and cooler temperatures. After that I'm planning to finally complete a wearable pair of socks.  Socks are my knitting Achilles heel and I'm determined to conquer them this year.