6 Perfect Travel Knitting Projects

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If you’re traveling this Thanksgiving, you’ll want to give some thought to the knitting you’ll want to take along with you.  It’s always a challenge to find something that is easy and mindless enough that you can chat with family and friends or watch the game, but interesting enough to make you want to do it.  Something long term enough that you won’t run out of knitting even if you get stuck in traffic or have a flight delayed.  But something that has milestones that can give you a sense of accomplishment…when you get stuck in traffic or have a flight delayed.  It’s not an easy thing to decide.  We’re here to help.

winter_lot_-_misty_medium2Our first suggestion is The Honey Cowl in two colors.  It’s simple enough to memorize after the first round, yet intriguing enough to keep you interested.  And it’s a beautiful end product.  Start one for yourself, or make is as a Christmas gift for someone you love.   It’ll go up faster than you think.  You might even get it done over the long holiday weekend.  It’s a free pattern on Revelry and you can get it here.

IMG_6190_1_medium2If you are a fast knitter and want something with a little more yardage, but not a lot more brain power required, try the Heartsong Shawl.  The crescent shaping will keep it on your shoulders and the top down garter stitch pattern will be easy to work on while you’re in the planes, trains and automobiles.  The lace edging comes last and gives you something to look forward to after miles and miles of garter stitch.  This one is a pattern for sale and you can find it on Ravelry here.

p6190018_mediumShawls are a great travel project, so we’re giving you a second option.  This Traditional Danish Tie Shawls will be warm and cozy in your lap while you work on it, and even more so when you wear it.  Simple, pretty and practical, this project lets the yarn speak for itself.  Pick something that inspires you and have a go.  Again, not a free pattern, but well worth the price on Ravelry here.

5368768223_6e8cc4ec53_zIt’s easy to throw a bunch of scraps in a bag and let yourself be inspired by semi-random choice.  As you pull colors out of your bag and watch how they play together in your knitting, the Mini Mania scarf will fly off your needles.  This is the kind of thing you may find yourself staying up late to work on.  It has a huge “just one more color, just one more row” factor that makes it irresistible.  Ravelry pattern, free, here.

20150202_144323_medium2My favorite way to split the difference between a long term project and instant gratification is using scraps or yarn I’ve bought for the purpose to make one big thing out of many things.  The Sock Yarn Blanket uses modular construction so you get the excitement of starting something new every time you begin a square and the satisfaction of finishing somethign every time you end one.  It’s easy to pack, too, since you don’t have to have a plan for which colors you’re going to use.  Even though you won’t finish the whole blanket just now, it’s a satisfying knit.  Free Ravelry pattern here.

DSC_0343_medium2If you haven’t started a Beekeeper’s Quilt, this might be the perfect time to join the craze.  This in one of the most popular projects on Ravelry and it’s perfect fro travel knitting.  Toss a bunch of sock yarn scraps in your bag and go. The pattern is easy to learn and keeping a small project bag with sock yarn in it with you at all times means being able to make a lot of progress  almost imperceptibly.  And if there are other knitter heading for the same Thanksgiving table, you can trade some sock yarn scraps so you both get even more colors to work with.  The only danger with this is maybe letting the potatoes boil over as you try to finish just one more puff.   Not a free pattern, but you can get in on Ravelry here.

If you have favorite travel knitting projects, please share.  We like to see what you’re working on.  Have a happy Thanksgiving!

4 Great Knits For The Sports Fan In Your Thanksgiving

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beer_cozy_new_mediumOne of the best things about Thanksgiving for my brother is sitting down with his son and watching whatever foot ball game is on.  They both have fantasy teams and the endless discussion of statistics is endlessly fascinating for them…while I knit away and ignore the whole thing.  These team color coozies can give you and your sports fan this Thanksgiving.  You can get a pattern here.

InUse_mediumAnd of course, part of the joy of watching the game together is lounging on the couch or in the recliner, and flipping through the channels between plays.  Keeping track of the remote is easier with this caddy that drapes over the arm of the sofa.  You might even be able to keep a tapestry needle and a pair of scissors in one of the pockets.  Free Ravelry download, here.

Football_Hat_2_medium2If you can’t get football our of your sports fan’s head, maybe you can try putting a football on his or her head?  I just think this hat is adorable and.  This pattern is not free, but I think it’s worth it.  You can get it here.

4057933307_528835f965_zHere’s another way to help your sports fan show their team pride…without being quite so blatant about it.  Whether your teen plays on the school team or your honey has a thing for the Denver Broncos, you can mix and match for any team color scheme.  This one’s free on Revelry and you can get it here.

No matter which one you decide to make, you’ll be giving your sports fan another reason to be grateful on Thanksgiving.

6 Quick-Knit Hostess Gifts You Can Finish For Thanksgiving

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Are you going to someone else’s home for Thanksgiving?  Need to bring a hostess gift?  Here at OTR we love anything with a high knit-to-glory ratio.  You know, when you only have to put in a little bit of effort for a great big impact.  Here’s a round up of super simple, super quick ideas that you can finish quickly that will make you a hero.

image_7113_small2I love these adorable pumpkin napkin rings.  They’re so cute and perfect for bringing a subtle festiveness to a casual, homey table.  They’re done in worsted weight yarn so they make up fast.  You could stop at one or two, or you could make one for everyone who’s going to be at the table on thanksgiving day.  You might even like them enough to make a set for your own table. The pattern is free on Ravelry and you can find it here.

581b-2_medium2Some of us like to have our most practical, often used things be our most beautiful.  I mean sweeping the floor is so much more enjoyable if you have a beautiful, handmade broom, right?  Well, the same prinicple applies to this hot pad.  I’d be tempted to leave it on the table all the time just to add a splash of color to every meal.  Do it in cheerful red for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or a color to match your hostess’s kitchen or dining room.  It’s also a free pattern from DROPS Garn Studio and you can get it here

soap_3_medium2I have a firm belief that every woman in the world loves fancy bath stuff.  These lovely Soap Socks fit the bill.  They’re pretty and practical;the light abrasiveness of the wool exfoliates gently and beautifully.  The cinched opening means that when one bar of soap is gone, you can slip in another one.   Making them in a blend like Berocco Vintage Chunky means that you can toss them in the wash.  Another free Ravelry pattern that you can find here.

2326525867_a85b95b8c5_zI don’t know about you, but I love things that make my home smell delicious.  But that doesn’t always mean old kitchen smells.  Herbal sachets are my go to solution for ever-fresh scents.  These leaf shaped sacehts are pretty enough and quick enough that you could hang one from every window shade or blind string.  Fill them with a spicey cinnamon and clove mix for the holidays, or maybe mint, or lavendar, or maybe…  It’s another free Revelry pattern here.  

IMG_0360_medium2It’s hard to remember when we’re on this end of the seasonal spectrum that the days on Thanksgiving weekend have just as many hours of light as the days in the beginning of April.  It seems dark outside, but you can bring some cozy light to your favorite Thanksgiving hostess with some pretty votive candles dressed up in lace.  These simple votive jar cozies make a big impact sitting on a coffee table or mantle piece.  This is an OTR original and, this week only, we’re offering it for free on Ravelry right here.

owl_cozy_mediumAnd when this holiday is all over, we’ll all get back to work.  And for most of us that means our morning cuppa.  Your Thanksgiving hostess will remember you every day if you help here keep her java warm with this arodable owl cup coze.  Knit in worsted with simple cable shaping these lovelies will work up so fast you might be tempted to make one for everyone on your holiday gift list.  Another free Ravelry pattern here.

If you have a favorite quick knitted hostess gift idea, let us know.  We’re always looking for great ideas to pass along.