I know, I know — I’m one of the first ones to roll my eyes when I see Santa sitting right next to the Great Pumpkin. But let’s face it. If we fiber folks plan on getting anything finished for gift giving, much less wrapped in time for the holidays, we’d better put our fingers to the needles, and crank up the speed.
I actually know a knitter who starts her holiday knitting for the following year the day after Christmas.
Of course, she likes to knit sweaters for everyone, but still, if you are only beginning to think about what to make for your loved ones, you’re a little late to the party.
This is where your friendly yarn shop, the fairy godmother, the best ever of elves comes in handy. You see, I know what you can whip up in an evening or two in front of the TV, that not only is fast, but downright cute and useful. You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot either.
My first simple plan of attack is this: Choose a simple, yet classic design in a luscious yarn. If you choose, say an alpaca and merino blend, that when you touch it makes you weak in the knees, you know you have the right yarn.
A beautifully knit hat or scarf can be worked up quickly on a size larger needle, giving the yarn a roominess that actually makes it feel even softer and more sumptuous.
I find that K2, P2, is my go to stitch, because it looks well in any yarn, doesn’t roll, and is just plain easy. The classic mistake stitch is another that couldn’t be easier. *K2, p2 to the last 3 stitches, ending with K2, p1. Repeat this row to desired length.
Cowls are still going strong, if you want to do something other than a scarf. Cowls can be very simply made by knitting as for a scarf, but attaching the two ends together to make a loop that can be worn looped, single, double, or dramatically tripled. Bamboo Bloom is a gorgeous yarn that is a blend of wool and bamboo that makes a statement in both its multi colors and texture.
To make the Bamboo Bloom Cowl, you will need one skein of Bamboo Bloom, and a size 10, 24” circular needle. Cast on 80 stitches, taking care not to twist your work, join. Knit in the round, until you come to the wool slubs. These you will purl, changing back to knit when all of the slub is worked. Bind off loosely.
Please watch for gift making tips from now through the holidays.
Virginia (Ginger) Balch knits, weaves and spins in all things “fibery” at her shop In Sheep’s Clothing at 10 Water St. Torrington www.in-sheeps-clothing.com or phone 860-482-3979