Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A handmade holiday by little beans...

Well, the holidays are here and all of us beans are like little elves, knitting and crafting like crazy to have hand made gifts to give this year! Many of us, as usual, left our holiday knitting until the last minute and are hurriedly trying to crank out gifts in time to wrap and place under the tree. So, since it’s pretty much all we can think about at the moment, we thought we’d share with all of you what we are making as gifts this year!
Sandy is knitting these darling gloves for her daughter out of the “Knitter's Book of Yarn” by Clara Parkes. The lovely pink yarn she is using is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in “Whisper.” Shepherd Worsted is awesome for knitted gifts because it’s machine washable!
Terry is expecting her first grand-baby in January and has been knitting these darling Wool Diaper Soakers out of Cascade 220 Tweed. The pattern was purchased on Ravelry from Closeknit.

Amber is sewing some of her gifts this year and made this super cute jewelry roll for her mom out of Cath Kidston’s book “Sew!” She used Joel Dewberry’s gorgeous “Bloom” fabric from his Aviary 2 collection. Isn’t it cute?

Jeanne’s son Chris requested a purple beanie for Christmas, so she knit him this super cute beanie out of Manos del Uruguay Striated Dyed Wool yarn. The design is a modified mistake rib and she just kind of made it up as she went. That Jeanne, so creative!

Tara is knitting this cozy scarf for her grandma out of Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Flamme yarn. The pattern is a free one on Ravelry called “Scrunchable Scarf.” All of us beans just love Ravelry’s extensive pattern database. It’s truly indispensable!


Shevawn knit the Rustling Leaves Beret from the Coastal Knits book for her sister in Madelinetosh's Tosh Sock yarn. The project took less than one skein and turned out beautifully! I'm sure her sister is going to love it!

Last but not least, I (Kristen) am knitting all kinds of different items. I have knit 3 of these chunky Rasta Neck-warmers from Malabrigo Book 3. Instead of the Malabrigo Rasta (which we currently out of as we wait patiently for our next shipment) I used Cascade Magnum which is super soft and comes in great solid colors! I am also knitting a variety of hats for family members, mostly basic beanies, but also a number of these fun earflap hats using a chunky tweed yarn (pattern coming soon from Marinade Designs).





I hope you all are having fun finishing the last of your holiday crafting and knitting!
Happy holidays,
Kristen

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3 comments:

KarenP said...

Nice! I've been madly making some gifts this year too. Why do we wait until the last minute?

Jane said...

Because we are madly knitting all year long on other scrumptious projects and Christmas just sneaks up on us!

Auntea said...

Oh brother, thanks a lot. Thought I was done knitting for the season until I saw this post & thought, oooo pretty, wouldn't so and so just love those mitts, that hat,............
:) I'll have to get a notebook out and make some reminders to self for next year. I hope you all have happy pictures of your hand knits on the ones you love soon.