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Ceil
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Posted - 08/02/2013 :  10:00:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A friend lent me a book as a resource for a book I wrote, and I'd like to. Send her a hand-knitte thank-you gift. She lives in Houston, where it is hot most of the year. Anyone have any ideas? My knitting experience includes socks and sweaters, so I could knit pretty much anything.

Thanks!

Ceil
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Jane
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Posted - 08/03/2013 :  04:45:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How about something lace? An infinity scarf, or a small shawl that's airy—but would take off the chill in air conditioning? Something that would simply be a great accessory might be nice, too.

Jane

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LJ
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Posted - 08/03/2013 :  07:48:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've knit "Cassis" for gifts several times. Shawlette. Less than 400 yards of fingering wt yarn. And it's a free pattern on Ravelry.

Another one I've knit twice and used Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool is "Henslowe". The pattern calls for fingering but I wanted a larger shawl.

Linda in Va

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marfa
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Posted - 08/03/2013 :  09:22:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit marfa's Homepage Send marfa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How do.

Good ideas from Jane & LJ. There are so many shawlette patterns to choose from - you'll have such fun.

Martha

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eldergirl
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Posted - 08/03/2013 :  8:28:48 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Ceil,

I lived in Austin, TX for ten years, and survived with a scottish shawl in the winters. I'd suggest NOT making one of furry mohair or such, because the yarn traps heat so much better than others. A lacy, fine merino might be better.

Best wishes,

Anna

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kbshee
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Posted - 08/04/2013 :  08:54:30 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Another option is dishcloths and/or potholders (one of my favorite gifts is matching set of potholder/oven mitt, felted).



kim in oregon
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anderknit
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Posted - 08/04/2013 :  09:59:55 AM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love the idea of a crescent-shaped lacy shawlette from fingering merino or merino-silk blend. I checked out Cassis on Ravelry, and I agree that it is a great choice, but there are 100's to choose from if that doesn't strike your fancy.

I also like knitted washcloths or hand towels of Louet Euroflax linen packaged with lovely soap or hand cream.

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
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cpknits
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Posted - 08/07/2013 :  5:34:48 PM  Show Profile Send cpknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If you haven't started, consider the Silken Straw Tee by Purlbee. It is a free pattern on Ravelry and many have made it. I just finished one using Shibui Knits Linen. It is a light airy top and a simple pattern. I made the S/M with a few modifications (I wear a size 12/14 top).

Carol, Wisconsin
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lucybug
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Posted - 08/08/2013 :  09:06:17 AM  Show Profile Send lucybug a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just made the Amiga sweater -- also a free download from Ravelry. It's a top down cardigan and a very easy, fast knit. I didn't put a button on so it was even easier. It's made in slubby-cotton and I had to use size 9 needles to get gauge so though it's straight stockinette it is very lacy. Just the thing to put on in air conditioning.

Pam in the Colorado mountains
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Ceil
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Posted - 08/11/2013 :  9:45:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks fora all the ideas. I am best sticking with a scarf or shawl. Thankfully, I found some sock yarn in my stash that looks like my friend, so I won't have to buy any new yarn.

Ceil
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eldergirl
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Posted - 08/11/2013 :  10:41:19 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Aw Ceil, it is too bad about not needing new yarn! We enablers here are crushed that you are so cool!

Best wishes,

Anna

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Ceil
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Posted - 08/13/2013 :  9:38:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow, no one has EVER called me cool. Go ahead and make my day.

Ceil
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robinstephanie
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Posted - 08/15/2013 :  08:39:50 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I wish there was a 'like' button.

Robinsteph

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elise
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Posted - 09/13/2013 :  04:25:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit elise's Homepage Send elise a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I recently made a gift of handmade spa cloths with picot edge, with a bar of handmade soap.
She loved it !
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