As we move into the month of August I have realized that I only have a few more months in order to get my Christmas knitting done. This past weekend I stopped into Michael’s to look at beads but headed over to the yarn department to see what was new. I didn’t find anything too exciting, but I did find a couple of booklets that I have been looking for that have a few projects that I would love to tackle for Christmas.
I have gathered a few booklets filled with projects that I will start knitting, along with a nice collection of wool yarns by Ella Rae and Patons. I do believe my Christmas project bowl is ready to go, now to start with the knitting!
In my bowl, I have one of Patons new books, Seven Steps: Seven Mittens, that features a great collection of projects from very basic mittens to more complex. This booklet is perfect for beginner knitters to advanced knitters, offers easy to read instructions and has clear concise charts for the more intricate designs. For me, I have found a pattern for my friend in Philly, along with a pattern for her hubby, a pattern perfect for my Mom that I can created a matching hat for, and a few patterns for me. This booklet is a great buy for those of you wanting to learn how to knit mittens and gloves. I also have Patons Six Steps: Learn To Cable booklet. I know how to cable, but this booklet has a shrug and car coat pattern that I must knit for myself, along with a hat and scarf set for my Mom.
Next I purchased Bernat’s Ready Set Snow booklet that features seven designs, five of which are cable related. While this booklet is not especially for my Christmas knitting, it was a great find for me, along with Bernat’s Alpaca booklet – Chill in the Air that features eight gorgeous designs. Both of these booklets offers a collection of classic, traditional cardigans, pullovers and accessories that range from cablework to colorwork, and has something for knitters of all experience levels. Of course I know that there are two sweaters that would be perfect for my Mom, so they might be used for Christmas knitting after all.
Be sure to listen to Katie’s episode 52 from the Electric Sheep podcast ~ it’s about Christmas knitting and knitting gifts for others, quite enjoyable!
Happy knitting everyone!