The Holidays Are Upon Us!
Sorry, it has been a couple of weeks since my last blog entry. The holidays are here, and it has been busy, busy, busy! Everyone has Christmas knitting (and crocheting) on the brain, and we are getting down to the wire! I thought today would be a good day to share with you some of our favorite last minute knitted gifts that have been very hot during the holiday season. One of our most popular is this 1 ball chunky infinity scarf....
The pattern is free on Ravelry, it's called "Marion". We made it out of one ball Cascade Magnum. We have this wonderfully soft 'n chunky yarn in many color choices. This will take you no time at all! Knitted on size 19's, I was done with this in about 30 minutes...thats one TV show!! You can't get much faster than that!
Here is a good one to share! Kathy Lang, our newest addition to the Monarch staff (and we are so, so thrilled to have her!), knitted this gorgeous scarf out of 2 balls of Noro Tanabata. Its another free pattern on Ravelry called "Edelweiss Neckwarmer". The pattern is a very simple knit, and it's on size 10's so it makes up pretty fast. I just fell in love with it! You can sew a couple of pretty buttons for a closure, or use a fab shawl pin like we did. I think I'll be making one of these of sure!
This next one has been popular year, after year. Its these little fingerless gloves made out of one ball of Adriafil "Knit Col". This yarn is a 100% superwash merino wool that self stripes! There are some new colors this year to choose from. They are bright and cheery!
Love this yarn! The pattern come free with the purchase and they are super simple to make. This is a good, "I've never made gloves before" project. They are pretty fast too. I made them last year as gifts. It took me about one glove per evening. All my recipients were very happy :)
Oh yea! Don't forget about these Road to China Mitts too! I talked about these 2 blogs ago, they are super easy 'n fast, and the yarn is super luxurious. Everyone loves fingerless mitts for Christmas! The pattern is, of course, free with the purchase.
So, for all those picky guys in your life...some knitted beanies! I have got to say, I have the pickiest hubby, very sweet but very picky. He never wants knitted things, but he loves beanies! The patterns I have always used for him or any other guy I've knitted for, are the Ann Norling hat patterns. There is a basic ribbed pattern, and a cool spiral ribbed one. The Ann Norling patterns are so great because you are provided with many gauges, so you can use any yarn you want! There are many sizes provided as well. Here we used one ball of Manos Del Uruguay Clasica...
These are fast and picky-man approved!
For all you gals out there wanting those cool slouchy style hats, we have just the thing! There are these little booklets called Celebrity Slouchy Beanies, that have the cutest in-style hats! There is a Knit version of this book and a Crochet one! In the knit version, I made the pretty cabley one out of one ball Swans Island Worsted, a super soft organic wool that is naturally dyed. I think we have sold over 100 of these little booklets! I had lots left over I might make these cute little gloves by Swans Island...
So there are your Christmas knitting tips for this week...I hope we have inspired you! You still have time, there are 25 days left!!
You know we can't go a week without getting in some fun new stuff!! We have a few new yarns in you must come see! The first is 2 new yarns by Alchemy. There is Silken Straw, and it is exactly what its name is...100% Silk "Straw Like" hand dyed yarn, that knits up so silky & shiny! Joan made this really cool scarf out of 1 ball, our good friend, Fawn, is modeling for me...
So pretty! The pattern is yet another free one found on Ravelry.....good 'ol Ravelry always has great free patterns! It's called 7 Circle, click here for the pattern! Joan is in progress of making yet another, very cool scarf out of this yarn, but I'll need to show you when its done! So stay tuned for that :)
The next new Alchemy yarn is called Kozmos. Kozmos is a hand dyed silk, mohair, wool, and cotton blend. The colors are to dye for! haha get it?! I'm in progress of making yet another cowl out of this lovely yarn! The pattern is Annabella's Cowl by Churchmouse. Its knitting up pretty quickly on a size 9 and it's very, very easy! The yarn is knitting up so beautiful and soft! Can't wait to show you the end result!
We recently got in a shipment of everyone's favorite cashmere by Jade Sapphire!! Along with the 4 ply sport, we now have 2-ply lace available! It's amazingly soft and wonderful to knit! You can't get much better than cashmere :)
Last but not least on our list of new yarns is Swans Island! This beautiful organic, naturally dyed, merino wool, we now have available on a fingering weight! The fingering weight has a generous yardage of 525! Joan is so fond of this yarn she is in progress of making 2 samples! She is making the "Panoramic Shawl" from Coastal Knits. Also, some really pretty, cabled fingerless gloves I will share with you when they're done.
That is about all the time I have for sharing today. I seems like the days are just flying by so fast lately! Stay tuned for more...