Holiday Knit List: 2012
With two weeks left until the biggest gift giving day of the year I thought I’d share with you my current Holiday Knit List for 2012. Most of my picks for this season will take just a few days for the average stressed out and dedicated holiday knitter to complete. I’ll admit it, I’ve less than 50% of my knitted gifts finished. (Yikes, I know!) I often find that the last-minute stress and pressure helps me knit faster, at least, that’s what I tell myself…
I originally designed this hat for Jason back in 2011 when he needed a new hat for work. The extra thick folded brim helps to keep the ears warm on cold winter days and the use of chunky yarn makes it a really quick gift idea. I’ll be gifting a few more of these this holiday season!
I love the simplicity of this design, as well as it’s potential to show off your favourite hand dyed skeins of yarn. I’m pretty sure I could knit one of these beautiful cowls in one day if I really tried. Okay, maybe two.. If I don’t find the time to make one to gift as a present this year, I’ll definitely be making myself one to wear in the New Year!
3. Vanilla Socks – your favourite basic pattern will do
Hand knit socks are a magical thing. First, they feel bloody amazing on your feet. Second, they’re quite simple to make once you get the hang of it. And third, they can last a long time if you make them right. I made the pair pictured above three years ago as a Christmas present for Jason when we first started dating. He tells me they’re his favourite pair and he can be seen wearing them often. And guess what? They still look as good as new. Thanks 10% nylon! You’re a life saver.
These cute felted slippers first caught my eye when a friend of mine knit a couple of pairs for her grandchildren. And again when she knit a shop sample for 88 Stitches. I should have listened the first time she told me how quickly they work up. Turns out I can make a pair in a single night!
Renfrew is another pattern from Jane Richmond’s new book, Island. I love this pattern for the same reasons I love Arbutus, it’s simple and shows off subtle hand dyed yarns extremely well. The motif that runs along the hat reminds me of trickling forest vines and provides just enough detail to make the hat a little extra special.
These little snowball buddies are some of the cutest knitted ornaments I have seen. If I don’t get around to making some before Christmas, they’ll be on my list for next year!
What favourite knits will you be gifting this year? Be sure to leave a comment if you have any must knit holiday gifts to share, I’d love to see them!