Although it’s not quite Hallowe’en, it’s time for us crafters to start working on our holiday gifts. We all know that starting early gives us time to plan the perfect present for the perfect person. So why don’t most of us actually do this? I can only speak for myself but procrastination is my middle name. I convince myself that I have way more time than I do, rarely taking into account that life is full of surprises and uncontrollable events. Not keeping this fact in mind derails a fair number of plans I make with the best of intentions. If you’re even a teeny bit like me, this tendency makes holiday knitting even more stressful than it needs to be. To assist you with this issue, I’d like to show you a few new yarns that have arrived at the store within the past couple of weeks. Best news: they’re beautiful and bulky. At 2-3 stitches to the inch, these yarns provide us with a fair chance of finishing our gift knitting in time to actually relax over the holidays. All of these yarns contain enough yardage to work up some fast gifts in no time. Think warm hats, toasty cowls and colorful arm warmers.
First up is my new winter favorite, Noro Kureyon Air, available in six smashing colors. This yarn will perform like other Noro yarns you love, striping in glorious and unexpected color combinations. 110 yards is plenty to whip up a quick hat or a pair of mittens for the person who loves accessories with a splash of color.
And while we’re talking about Noro, Transitions is another late fall addition with lots of interesting possibilities. The fiber content surely has something for everybody to love: wool, silk, cashmere, angora, mohair and camel hair. The resulting one-ply yarn is soft to the touch and the colors shift in a more muted range than the Kureyon Air, mentioned above. How about a cowl?
Funky Chunky from The Third Piece, in thirteen solid colors, offers more possibilities for our friends and family members with more traditional tastes. This yarn is so soft that a next-to-skin cowl would work just fine. Throw in a cable or two and you’ve got a classic gift that’s sure to please. At two stitches to the inch, you could knit or crochet a few pairs of fingerless mitts in no time at all.
The last item I want to mention is a new collaboration between Rowan yarns and Swarovski beads. And crystals! This is not for gift-giving–you owe it to yourself to indulge in something special after all that knitting and crocheting for other people. The projects range in size from tiny wrist and hair accessories and small shawls to sweaters and even an evening dress. We’ve got a display in the front of the store to give you lots of inspiration.
I hope you’re inspired to work up a few quick projects before the first snow falls! Let us help you find just the right yarns and patterns for your holiday presents. And don’t forget, we’re open five Sundays this year, November 22, 29, December 6, 13 and 20 from 12-5, to help you find everything you need for those last minute gift projects!