I spent Christmas in upstate New York this year, with Brooks’ lovely family. After almost 11 hours of travel (thank you, holiday traffic), I was greeted by three enthusiastic Labradors and a plate of homemade cookies! Their tree was all lit up, the Christmas music was playing — this family knows how to really celebrate. They also have “cozy” all figured out. Brooks’ dad, in particular, has a stunning collection of warm sweaters:
Aren’t they glorious? Brooks’ mom estimates that his dad may have close to 30 sweaters (the one at the lower right with the beautiful colorful trim around the neck is hers). She knit the one at the lower right! At the far top left is a handknit beauty direct from Norway that I did some repairs on this summer. As I went to unpick the collar, I discovered that the original knitter had done an extremely good job in weaving in her ends — it took me 15 minutes to find the end, and another 15 minutes to unpick it.
Now that Christmas is over, we can finish up our late Christmas gifts start new projects for ourselves! Wouldn’t a gorgeous colorwork sweater be perfect for the chilly, gray months to come? I hope that you all had a lovely holiday and that 2017 brings you lots of joy and happiness! Starling the Labrador reminds you to stay cozy!
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But while I may one day write those posts (seriously or in jest), I think I have to instead share with you a realization that struck me yesterday: THANKSGIVING IS NEXT WEEK. I know, I know. I was shocked, too. Because right on the heels of Thanksgiving, we have… Holiday Gift Season.
I wanted to make all of my gifts this year. I still might make all of my gifts, because I haven’t actually bought (or made) anyone anything yet. (Sorry, Mom!) My only hope now lies with the hero of quick knitted gifts: Super Bulky (yarn, that is — there isn’t actually a caped crusader named Super Bulky, alas). Super bulky is the procrastinator’s best friend, and also happens to be ideal for our chilly Maine winters. Here is a rundown of a few items I’m considering for my nearest and dearest — maybe they’ll work for yours, too.
This is the Big Chunky Comfy Hat by Erica Kempf Broughton, and it would be divine in Malabrigo Rasta. Add a pompom (homemade or store bought), and you’ve got the hippest hat north of Brooklyn. Any hat done in super bulky will knit up in a couple of hours, and look wicked trendy. Always wanted to learn to make a pompom? Come in this week and say the magic password “fluffy” tell me you saw this post — I’ll do a little free tutorial for you. Pompoms also make fun holiday ornaments and keychain embellishments.
The Drop Stitch Cowl by Abi Gregorio will always be at the top of my gift list. I recently had one of the best experiences a knitter can have — I saw my sister wearing a Drop Stitch Cowl that I made for her 3 years ago. She still has it! And wears it! And loves it! She will get more knit gifts.
This cowl is easy, and great for showing off luxurious solid color yarns, or subtle tonal skeins. I could see this as a one-skein wonder in Berroco Macro, but it would work nicely with any of our super bulky options.
The Azel Pullover by Heidi May is at the top of my to-knit list. Ideally, I’ll get to cast on later this week, and should be done before December 1st. It comes in adult sizes, you guys. This cozy item is not just for adorable, ridiculously stylish children. Paired with boots and jeans or leggings, this is a great gift for teens and adults alike. While a slightly bigger time investment that a hat or cowl, the Azel Pullover is still one of the fastest knits out there, and is super simple — great results with minimal effort. We’ve been suggesting Plymouth Yarns Encore Mega and Encore Mega Colorspun for an inexpensive and machine washable project.
It’s not too late to knit gifts for your loved ones (or for yourself, if you’re an overachiever and feeling calm about the holidays). Grab your size 15 needles and a skein or two of super bulky, and settle in with a good movie — you’ll have a finished item before you know it!