should you happen to have last minute gift knitting on your mind, i heartily suggest giving the golden compass inspired hat a whirl. it took me about 100 yards of bulky handspun and not a lot of of time. (seriously, it took, like, more time to just type those two sentences. it was fast.) the hat was supposed to wait for christmas morning, but the kid's eight. there are going to be enough other things that will, in her 8 yr old mind, completely outshine a hat that her mother hand dyed, handspun, handknit. and besides, her ears were cold. (it's freaking COLD out there.)
i am all about the low-stress, quick knit-up knits for gift giving this year. i also want to give projects made with handspun yarn as much as i can, and so i am getting together a list of answers to the eternal "what could i make with this?" question that so often accompanies a hundred yards or so of bulky, one-of-a-kind yarn. i'm thinking that my mom will be getting a wham bam thank you lamb. i'm a big fan of the edgar too. and there are always hats! i see a handspun foliage at some point in my future.
how about you? any favorite instant gratification patterns?
i have one learn to spin kit left - they were popular at last night's sale.
(the sale, by the way, was absolutely delightful. my huge thanks to jen for organizing and hosting, and to all the friendly shoppers who braved the winter cold to stop by! the whole evening was a genuine pleasure.) *within 2 business days, max. i am usually able to priority ship on the day of an order.
hey locals! join me this thursday, december 10th from 5-9 pm at 89 clinton st here in portland for festive cheer and holiday shopping. i will be selling my handspun yarn as well as a bunch of learn to spin kits and i'll be joined by a bunch of very talented friends: Swallowfield: affordable art by Jennifer Judd-McGee Pixiegenne: thrifty crafty handmades by Meg Rooks Little Pink House: wool felt lovelies by Melissa Crowe Bobbin: handmade bags, clothes + more by Betsy Scheintaub Betsy Thompson: mixed media collage Designs by Elnel: silver jewelry by Elnel Browder Milo in Maine: stitched and screen printed shirts by Liz Woodbury and Mark High Passion of the Hausfrau: signed books and zines by Nicole Chaison
i should mention too- yummy treats! easy parking! i hope to see you there!
natasha turned 8 on saturday! i knit her some fingerless gloves and something about them seems so big girl. i love that she's still never without an animal friend though. the pattern is fetching from knitty.com. they could use some blocking, but i literally finished these during a quiet (ish) moment during the big birthday party, and they haven't been off her hands much since. details (including mods for 8 yr old sizing) on ravelry.