September 4th, 2013

On the bookshelf this week, Great Little Gifts to Knit

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In the coming months we’re going to share some new releases and some of our older, but favorite titles, to help get you inspired to try different techniques and discover new designers or just to motivate you to get some gift projects going.

Our first book just happens to be Great Little Gifts to Knit by Jean Moss, a wonderful collection of quick gift projects that are perfect for almost every occasion and every person in your life. We’re thrilled to be the second stop on the blog tour for this book.

The book is broken down into 4 chapters with projects for the home, baby, his and hers. We’re going to share two of our favorite projects with you.

The Hugs Socks, worked in Rowan Felted Tweed Aran, feature fun stripes on the toes and heels and a simple but graphic fair isle pattern on the leg, and since they’re worked in an aran weight yarn they will fly of your needles.

We also really like the Will-o’-the-Wisp Shawlette. You can customize this one by doing a bit of stash diving for contrasting fibers or colors, as Jean suggests in the book, or by adding a beaded accent.

Leave a comment below and tell us what little projects you’re excited to knit or crochet this year and you could win a copy of Jean’s book! All comments must be posted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Please make sure to leave us a way to contact you if you win! The winner will be drawn randomly and announced on the blog later next week.

Edited, Wednesday September 11, 2013:

And our Winner is –  Ellen who said, “I am going to do socks, scarves and maybe gloves. (okay fingerless gloves.)”

Congratulations Ellen! Keep an eye on your mailbox, your copy of Great Little Gifts to Knit will be arriving soon.

It’s never too early to get started on those holiday gift projects and with the first day of Autumn less than three weeks away the clock is ticking! Be sure to check out the project gallery to see all the projects from this book and be sure to check out the next stop on the blog tour and all those that follow.

Blog Tour Schedule
Mon 2 Sep       Wendy Knits
Wed 4 Sep       WEBS
Fri 6 Sep          Getting Stitched on the Farm
Mon 9 Sep       Stolen Stitches
Tues 10 Sep     Knittedbliss
Wed 11 Sep     Black Bunny Fibers
Thur 12 Sep     Rhythm of the Needles
Fri 13 Sep        Tiny Owl Knits   
Mon 16 Sep     Just Call Me Ruby
Tues 17 Sep     Zeneedle
Wed 18 Sep     Redshirt Knitting
Thur 19 Sep     A Friend to Knit With
Fri 20 Sep        Craft Sanity
Mon 23 Sep     Connieleneknits
Tues 24 Sep     Knitsofacto
Wed 25 Sep     Ulla Bella
Thur 26 Sep     A Really Good Yarn
Fri 27 Sep        Urban Yarns
Sat 28 Sep       Linda Marveng
Mon 30 Sep     Yarnings
Tues 1 Oct       Tentenknits

 

Sara

Marketing Coordinator at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
Sara learned to knit and crochet as a child and added spinning and weaving to her skills after being hired at WEBS in 2007. While crochet is her #1 love, she is also very fond of her husband and 2 daughters.

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  • Andrea

    Christmas stockings – it’ll be here before you know it!

  • Serena

    I’m excited about the Westknits MKAL. It’s a first for me.
    serenakate(@)gmail.com

  • orangerussian on ravelry

    I make crocheted mini mittens every year for Christmas. I’ve made over 100 pairs in the last seven years.

  • Gillian

    My brother is having identical twins! I’m soooo looking forward to continue using all of the fab yarn I got at the Tent Sale this summer for baby knitting. I would love this book for more baby patterns & quick holiday knits….

  • Gayle Hay

    I plan on making the ‘Wombat’ shawl as gifts along with fingerless gloves and hats.

  • Tagati

    Starting to get anxious to start making gifts, so quick projects that use my stash yarn would be great. I’m thinking shawlettes, scarves and caps.

  • Angelique Mccoy

    I’m looking forward to designing and knitting some scarves and shrugs with celtic cable motifs.

  • Sarah Rocklin

    Oh, Jean Moss…I like her designs. That shawlette looks nice. And it sure is the right time of the year to be hunting for gift ideas!

  • Venice Smith

    I have started a couple of gifts, but I’d love some more inspiration.

  • Kathryn

    Sweet little knits are so refreshing. I tend toward forever projects – the afghan, the heavily cabled sweater for my 6’4″ husband, the 58″ diameter circular shawl, but in between my monsters I love the palette cleansing little knit. My favorite little knits are fingerless mitts that I always seem to lose or give away, a hat to test out anew technique, or a pair of socks that say love in a way nothing else can.

  • Alexis

    Hats and cowls and socks!

    tktl on Ravelry

  • Margaret

    What a lovely assortment of patterns! I love the Baby Cocoon but the Will-o-the-wisp Shawl really caught my eye. I’ve been looking for a pattern like this for ages. Thanks for the opportunity to win the marvelous book!

  • Brittany G

    Heh, I started my holiday knitting three weeks ago – two scarf and hat sets down and I’m starting to think about x-mas tree ornaments.

  • Babs

    I would love to win this to make clothing for children.

  • Karla R

    I would really love to try the socks. I think it would be a great way to try fair isle pattern. I broke my fear of socks now, I need to try fair isle knitting.

  • Christine

    I’m excited to knit my first sweater. I’m a little nervous, as I’ve never knit anything larger than a pair of socks.

  • Linda

    I do a lot of Christmas knitting (hats, shawlettes, socks, slippers, etc.). I’d love to win the book.
    lmecoll on ravelry

  • knittingdancer on Ravelry

    I have been knitting dishcloths to give to my aunts and cousins at our Christmas luncheon on the first Saturday of December.

  • Dotti Zupko

    I’m working on scarves as gifts. Also made a pile of dishcloths for giving.

  • Needleworkjunkie on ravelry.

    Scarves, purses, hats and small pieces for home decor.

  • Maureen

    It seems to be all about a nice shawl or scarf this season for me!

  • Erin b

    Love the pillows… Simple but classic

  • Nitter

    I’m going to try to knit a pair of socks this fall! And, another baby sweater for my precious granddaughter who will be one year old in a month.

  • Christine Lima

    I love that Welcome Toran – It would brighten any room and could be done in so many different color combinations!

  • Melissa D. Hellman

    Wow, socks are a little project? I always have one or more of those going. When you say little, I tend to think more in terms of, say, a stuffed ornament someone could hang in a window or on a tree.

  • sharon jones

    Would love to make the Hugs socks, thank you!

  • Deb Pendergast

    I am getting ready to make shawls for my DIL- to-be and her wedding attendants from the 8/2 Tencel I purchased from Webs.

  • Mary Jo Martin

    I would love to knit the checkers cushion for my son and daughter-in-law!

  • Susabella

    Love these little projects and I would love to own this book.

  • Debknits2

    I’m knitting a ton of hats.

  • Carmen N

    I hope I’m not too late (It says Monday but Sept 10). I’m excited to be making a knit t-shirt for my daughter’s Halloween costume (Astrid from “How to Train Your Dragon”)

  • Stan Alderson

    Great idea for gift­­­­ giving! :)