Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Quick Holiday Knits

I realized that December is fast approaching, and I have a few presents that need to be mailed. Since I finished Eamon's holiday sweater, I figured I had time to spend on other knits before tackling Benton's sweater (I will post some pictures of Eamon's sweater tomorrow with my thoughts). Nothing like a postal deadline to shake things up a bit.

For my nieces and nephews, I am knitting mostly hats this year. Fortunately hats are cute, funky and, most importantly, quick. Today I cast on for the Bimple hat by Woolly Wormhead. I love her designs, and her book Bambeanies does not disappoint. She often incorporates creative construction in her designs and tries to keep the look fresh. In keeping with my stash busting, I am using a skein leftover from Aine's stocking. It is Wool of the Andes bulky from Knitpicks in the wine colorway. I love the depth of this red and think it will work well for this hat. I am planning on adding a baseball when I am done either in crochet or knit as an embellishment if it fits. After this one I think I will knit Queenie or Ruskin or maybe Aurora or perhaps Tipper or Moochie or truly I really love all the possibilities.

I started reading The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey this week. I am only 50 pages into it, but I like it thus far. The kids and I finished Travels of Thelonious (Fog Mound), which we all really enjoyed. We are now reading from two books, one of the Boxcar Children series and Sugar Plum Ballerinas #1: Plum Fantastic. I have a few more titles on our reading list that are due back to the library soon, so we have been reading a lot during the day.

What is on your needles this week and on your bedside reading pile?
Knitting and Reading with Ginny as part of her Yarn Along

15 comments:

  1. ooh, I love that bimple hat but I am new to knitting and dpn's scare me more than letting my daughter use my credit card. Thanks for sharing. Tricia crunchycatholicmomma.blogspot.com

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  2. Love the colour for your hat. Lots of hat knitting here too, instant gifts with lots of thought :)

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  3. The Bambeanies hats are really cute - they make me wish I had a little one just so I could have a reason to make them all!

    Love the colour you're using, and nice job on combining gift knitting with stash busting ;)

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  4. What a cute hat pattern!

    Looking forward to seeing the completed sweater.

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  5. Do I see Thomas and his buddies in the background? :) Lovely red! I think I should check out that hat pattern source you've got there. Happy Knitting!
    xo,
    Ang (Peach Coglo)

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  6. Love the hat pattern! Hats are sucha agreat holiday gift- quick to knit, but still shows lots of love and thought. :)

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  7. What a cute hat :) So far so good!

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  8. That hat is adorable! The Yellow House looks like a great book, I might try and read that after the holidays. My reading list is kind of long right now...

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  9. I LOVE WotA! Such a great yarn. That hat looks adorable. I had to add it to my favorites!

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  10. The hat is so cute and it looks warm-- great gift for a child. Good luck with all your projects.

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  11. Oh that is too funny! Yes, there are a lot of hats on the needles these days! Happy knitting!
    xx

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  12. I have to agree with you on the color, it is stunning!

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  13. Very pretty. Hats are the perfect Christmas gift!

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  14. I'm knitting grown-up hats this year! Bambeanies is such a sweet book and all of her hats just seem to be, well, unique. Didn't she once say that if you were going to knit a hat it should be one that people turn around and take a second look at?

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  15. what a gorgeous color, i really love that. it'll be a darling hat!

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