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Clara
queen bee

USA
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Posted - 12/09/2009 :  6:12:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We're having a huge storm here and the lights keep flickering, so I'm posting this week's KR early just in case. The theme behind this week's newsletter is gift-knitting. Namely, seven lovely, low-yardage patterns that are ideal for consideration when only 15 days are left between now and Christmas. Check the list and please do come back here and share your favorites too!

Clara
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lacylaine
Seriously Hooked

USA
989 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2009 :  6:40:58 PM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
50 mph winds here in central Indiana. We've lost some tree limbs but not the power!

I really loved the Pretty Thing cowl. Is that the same one someone here at KR had a link to awhile back? I remember just oohing and aahing over it but it's so hard to tell when a cowl is actually being worn.

Thanks for the great ideas, Clara, and for getting the newsletter to us early. Storm or not, extra time is a gift we can all use at this time of year!

Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

FO 2009: small market/shower bag; gray watch cap; magic square potholder; five dish cloths, including two new patterns; Hedgerow Mitts!




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lacylaine
Seriously Hooked

USA
989 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2009 :  6:45:13 PM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Shoot, forgot to mention my free pattern idea. The small market bag I made last January has worked perfectly for carrying my stuff back and forth (and into!) the showers while on military duty. If someone in your family is in the military or else camps a lot, take one of the free market bag patterns and make it with one strand of worsted cotton (I used Fantasy Naturale) on size 8 needles. Result: a lovely, smaller bag! I get lots of compliments on mine.

Melanie again!

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

FO 2009: small market/shower bag; gray watch cap; magic square potholder; five dish cloths, including two new patterns; Hedgerow Mitts!




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sribas@dgmnet.com.br
New Pal

Brazil
4 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2009 :  03:46:46 AM  Show Profile Send sribas@dgmnet.com.br a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My favorite knitting present for this Xmas will be The Fern cable mitts from Clara's book and the "Pretty thing" cowl.
I've done a couple of each allready, both knit fast and you can use fingering, lace yarn for one project and worsted yarn for the
other.
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baba
New Pal

USA
4 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2009 :  05:39:05 AM  Show Profile Send baba a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I made Mousie for 6 grandchildren this summer, We all meet at a beach house. Their ages are 1-9. i told them that there was a problem with mice in the house and they would have to look in their beds before getting in. they could see lumps and with squeals they found their Mousie made from scraps of their original baby blanket yarn. My oldest,now 10, just sent us a book she made about summer adventures and she put Mousie on every page. It was soo cool. javascript:insertsmilie('')
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sandrasingh
Seriously Hooked

USA
740 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2009 :  06:22:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit sandrasingh's Homepage Send sandrasingh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Fickleknitter's Versacowl would make a wonderful last minute gift project. It knits up in just under 400 yards of just about any worsted weight yarn.

https://id306.securedata.net/sandrasingh.com/merchantmanager/product_info.php?cPath=76_523_564&products_id=2391

Sandra Singh
www.sandrasingh.com
sandrasingh@sandrasingh.com
My Blog:http://knittingwithsandrasingh.sandrasingh.com/
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Lanea
Permanent Resident

USA
5189 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2009 :  06:26:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've started knitting tons of little leaves, which can easily turn into bookmarks (two leaves joined by an icord) or holiday garlands (icord with lots of leaves branching off) or an arty little accessory . . . they're addictive. Of course, I'm not entirely sure I can give them away.

See proof of insanity: http://crazylanea.com/
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Buy handmade sock knitting bags: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5031570
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kbshee
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USA
4157 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2009 :  09:44:40 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love the cute little creatures from the website MochiMochiland...not free patterns but well written and adorable results for kids and adults!

kim in oregon
http://kbshee.blogspot.com
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Bethany
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USA
1546 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2009 :  10:03:18 AM  Show Profile Send Bethany a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like this Knitpicks pattern for felted snowmen, the right size to be ornaments:

http://www.knitpicks.com/Snowmen Pattern_PD50709220.html

Fast, easy, cute. :-)
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Suzzanne
New Pal

1 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2009 :  2:41:57 PM  Show Profile Send Suzzanne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am leaving a comment to say how much in enjoyed knitting the Hill Country Hat. I didn't have a bulky yarn, so I held two threads of Rowan Lima together. It is a soft yarn, and this hat design worked so well with soft yarn. The hat is very cushy and soft and warm. Thanks for the great pattern. It knits up quickly.
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queen of the east
Seriously Hooked

Canada
877 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2009 :  3:08:37 PM  Show Profile Send queen of the east a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you Clara, what a helpful list. The wee mouse is so loveable! My quick knit project for this year is Wisp,
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer07/PATTwisp.html

One skein and a bit of Kidsilk Haze, done in 6 days.







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Marg in Mirror
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Canada
3205 Posts

Posted - 12/11/2009 :  4:09:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit Marg in Mirror's Homepage  Send Marg in Mirror a Yahoo! Message Send Marg in Mirror a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That wee mouse is indeed adorable! I'm going to have to find time to knit up one for my Diesel cat, and fill it with catnip!

I too want to make the Pretty Thing cowl -- for ME! -- when Christmas is over.

Meanwhile, I've found the perfect gift to knit for my DD -- a pair of Sniffle Mitts (pattern from the "Purl Diva" -- http://cityknitter.typepad.com/cityknitter/ -- for $4.00 USD. It's perfect because she works with little kids, and they always have runny noses this time of year! I'd recommend this for any young mom or teacher of small children.

M in M

TLWKOTB
http://knitsonthebus.blogspot.com
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Clara
queen bee

USA
4401 Posts

Posted - 12/12/2009 :  08:56:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh Marg, those Sniffle Mitts definitely needed to be on my list. Ellen showed them to me when I was at her shop last weekend, and it was just a matter of WHEN the pattern would be up (in relation to the timing of the article). I've added them to the article and I appreciate your posting them here. They really are genuinely ingenious mittens, and I've just bought the pattern myself.

Imagine, mittens with built-in Kleenex pockets. I love 'em!

Clara
Your friendly Knitter's Review publisher
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Ceil
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USA
1740 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2009 :  12:02:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by lacylaine

The small market bag I made last January ...(I used Fantasy Naturale) ...quote]

Yes, the Market Bag works up fast. Find it at the Plymouth Yarns web site. Admittedly, I make mine shorter than the pattern indicates, otherwise it winds up dragging on the floor once I put something in it. I use 6-7 repeats of the lace pattern. I also found out that the suggested yarn is simply 4 strands of 5/2 perle cotton, so if you've got some laying around, use it.

I also like, from Knitting Daily, this small bag: Amanda's Squatty Sidekick. Hopefully this is still a free pattern. Join Knitting Daily if you haven't already and all sorts of things will be available to you.

Ceil

Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
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NutmegOwl
Gabber Extraordinaire

576 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2009 :  1:27:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit NutmegOwl's Homepage Send NutmegOwl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Geez, you're all so clever. Clara, your list has lots of my faves for one-skein/luxury/quick knits. Pretty Thing is upcoming in something yummy you saw on your visit. While I grant you that most cowls knit up pretty darn fast, I want to single out the Swirling Petals Cowl. (Free link on rav: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/swirling-petals-cowl) With a single skein of Misti or Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande (you know, the virtually identical 109-yd twins), you get 9 pattern repeats. It's addictively easy and finishes in NO TIME - and you get a sculptural, scrunchy, kitten-soft piece.

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Nutmeg Owl
Quaecumque sunt vera
http://www.owlwaysknitting.wordpress.com
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