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          It's The Holidays 2010                      


November and December's theme will be

"THE HOLIDAY'S"! 

It's that time of the year when we are busy at work knitting for gifts.  For some, it maybe just one special gift, for others, it could be something for everyone, even the mail person.  Whatever your style, we want to see what you're knitting.  Share with your fellow fiber lovers.  Yarn shops, please send in a photos of something to inspire us.  Email over your photos and I will do all the posting right here. 

Happy Holidays to all!

Mary*

Beverly from South Carolina is a regular contributor here on our projects page.  Here is her newest and latest, the Volna by Grumperina using Wisdom yarns Poems Sock.  Bevery purchased her yarn for this projects at Knitting Up A Storm in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Beveryly is a fashionista, always wonderful knitting and cutting edge.  I love it Beverly, thank you for participating again.  You can get to know Beverly more by visiting her blog.

My friend Kim Boston of Poulsbo, Washington knit this scarf using Jared Floods new yarn Shelter.  Yeah she just chose some pleasing shades, made up her own little pattern and knit this scarf.  In our little group, we all have mob names for each other -- Kim is known as "The Architect".  She understands how it all fits together - she just get's it and makes stuff up. This scarf has a very hip and organic vibe to it.  It's one long scarf, 4 different shades - very random!

Vanessa from Washington knit the Clapotis by Kate Gilbert.  The yarn Vanessa used for this project is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight.  Very nice and I've never seen a scarf tied this way, but I LOVE it!  Thank you Vanessa for participating.

Sheila Joynes of Port Orchard, Washington designed and knit this Hydrangea Garden Fair Isle Vest.  Sheila is a free lance designer specializing in fair isle work.  The yarn that Sheila used for this project is Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift.  Sheila's LYS is Debbie Macomber's A Good Yarn Shop, also in Port Orchard, Washington.  You can read more on Sheila here in her blog.  Thank you Sheila for sharing your designs with us!

Sabra lives in New Jersey, and stocking are a family tradition in her household.  Here is Leandro's stocking that she knit.  The pattern is called 'Personalized Christmas Stocking from 1945' by Rae P. Burbank.  Sabra used Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Superwash Worsted for this project.  Sabra works and teaches at Woolbearers in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. Sabra says that the owner Myra hand dyes gorgeous yarn and that it's the best store in the area.  Thank you Sabra for sharing your work and traditions with us!

Heidi of Illinois, knit the Festivus Fingerless Mitts by Tracey Grzegorczyk.  Heidi used Vanna's Choice yarn in Olive purchased by JoAnn Fabrics.  Heidi made these for a gal she knows at her Post Office.  I'm a huge fan of fingerless mitts anyway, but I love the tree on these - very nice.  Thanks a lot Heidi for participating!  The pattern for these mitts are a free Ravelry download.

Zoe comes to us from Wisconsin, and she knits these Simple Toddler Hats.  The yarn that Zoe uses is Classic Elite Yarns Jil Eaton Minnow Merino.  They are simple yet fresh, classic and fun. Nice work Zoe, and thanks for sharing your work.  Our temperatures here is 45* so put a hat on that toddler.

Melissa Goodale is a Washington native and these fabulous mitts are her own design.  She calls them Prickly, and you use sock yarn to make these.  These particular mitts where made with Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn.  Mel has a website, Stick Chick Knits and is on Ravelry too, so look her up there as well.  I have a few of her patterns in my mental que.  Thanks Mel for sharing!

Susan Wolcott, owner of Y2Knit yarn shop in Funkstown, Maryland thought you might like an idea for a fun knit holiday gift to give a special person on your list:  hair dresser, teacher, mail person.  Try these Flip Top Mitts, available as a download and very fun to knit.  Thanks Susan - PERFECT!

I LOVE this bag, and so does Angela from Phoenix, Arizona.  Angela crocheted this bag, and it's called the Nordstrom Crochet Hobo Bag by Dao Lam.  Rumor is more of these purses have been started - great gift idea! 

This hat is almost turning into a knit along in our Wednesday night knitting group.  My dear friend Lynn made my hat in the gray and my friend Wendy is wearing that hat she made for herself in the teal. It's a Churchmouse Yarns & Teas pattern call Cashmere Beret in their Classics line.  The hat was originally made using Hand Maiden 4-Ply Cashmere and it was lovely, but this year, they made the same hat using Classic Elite Yarns Fresco.  That is the yarn you see in these photos.  It's a fun, easy & quick hat to knit up, classically styled for a man, woman or child and a great holiday gift idea!

 

Patricia comes to us from Virginia, and she knit these festive stockings by Annie's Woolens.  They are called Evergreen Stockings.  The yarn that Patricia used was Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepher's Wool.  Nice work Patricia and thanks for sharing your stockins with us.  Patricia purchased the yarn for her stockings from Fibre Space, her LYS is Alexandria, Virginia.

Bonnie from Montana knit these Ragg Hiker socks by Melissa Morgan-Oaks.  The yarn that Bonnie used is Cascade Yarns 220 Quatro.  Very nice Bonnie, and a perfect Christmas gift.  Boots are more popular than ever this year -- all kinds of boots from over the knee with a heel, to flat, to leather, to suede, to shooties, even the rugged hiker boots.  This pattern can be found in the book 2-at-a-time socks.  Ask for it at your LYS!  Bonnie works at Camas Creek Yarn in Kalispell, Montana.

Beverly is from South Carolina, and she's a state fair first place blue ribbon winner on these two items.  Who wouldn't love to get a beautiful cardigan for the holiday's.  This is the Heavenly Blue Cardigan by Candace Eisner Strick.  The yarn that Beverly used here is St-Denis Nordique in color Fjord.  You can find the pattern for this cardigan in the book Beyond Wool, also by Candace Eisner Strick -- ask for it at your LYS.

Heavenly Blue Cardigan 3

Beverly's second entry is this Tuscan Leaves Hat by Nina Machlin Dayton.  This pattern is a Ravelry download for sale.  Beverly used Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted in Gold Spice.  I love both of these projects.  A hat is definitely a more doable Christmas gift, but girl you are a good knitter.  BEAUTIFUL!  Thank you for your entries.

Myra Hansen is the owner of Fancy Image Yarn in Shelton, Washington.  Myra is famous for her hand dyed yarns and kits.  She has the Cutest Baby Sweater kit, Cutest Baby Hat kit, leg warmers, wrist warmers and socks, all sold in kits.  Here is a photo of her Christmas colorway.

Yvonne Senecal of Florida designed this lovely Ribbon Candy Stocking.  The yarn that Yvonne used is from Knit Picks, the Wool of the Andes in colors Spruce, Hollyberry & Cloud.   Yvonnes' pattern is for sale on her blog The Caffeinated Knitter. I have the fondest memories of a lovely candy dish that my Mother had, always adorned with ribbon candy at Christmas time; so thin and colorful.  Thank you Yvonne for your entry, and "Happy Holidays"!

The Cloche Enough/Chemo Hat was designed by Debbie Anne & Susan Ann of Jan Jose, California.  I have someone I need to knit a chemo hat for, or even as a holiday gift, this is a beautiful hat!  With or without the flower, I really like it.  It's got style!  Debbie & Susan recommend Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima and Cascade Yarns Fixation.  Their pattern is available on their Ravelry for $2.50 as a download.  Thank you ladies for sharing this wonderful hat.

 

 

            
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