December 2010

Knitting Goals for 2011

It's good to have goals and resolutions!  Even if we don't fulfill them, it's always helpful to engage in some long-range planning at the end of a year.

Do you know how much yarn you have in your stash?  Maybe that's a good place to start!  Knowing how much you have, and of what, can definitely help to curb your spending. 

For one thing, you won't re-buy yarn which you already have, but forgot about.  For another thing, having your entire yarn stash available at your fingertips (computer-ly speaking) helps you understand how much yarn you really have. 

New Year's Eve Crafts for Kids

The good news: there are a ton of crafts you and your kids can make for New Year's Eve.  (Maybe while you're all trying to stay awake that late!)

The bad news: most of them make noise, or a mess, or both.

On the up side, your kids will love this stuff!

One of the biggest parts of the New Year's tradition across cultures is the practice of making lots of noise to ring in the New Year.  In many cultures, you are scaring away the old year.  In others, you are simply making a joyous noise to celebrate the turning of the calendar.  But no matter how you slice it, fireworks and big noises are in!

Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

Tick tock!  Are you finished yet?  How many hours until Christmas?  I know a lot of people are still knitting… or have dissolved into piles of tears, regret, and wine.  Fear not!  There's still hope!

Option 1: Bail on the knitting.  Buy something else instead.  You can buy an gift certificate right from the website, and have it emailed to your recipient.  I've done it before!  Grocery stores also have tons of gift cards you can buy.  It's a cop-out, but who cares?  Gift cards are awesome!

Option 2: Wrap up what you've got, and promise to finish the rest of it later.  It's a classic knitter's strategy.  Granted it isn't too festive to open up your present on Christmas morning only to find a big tangled mess of yarn and needles.  Yay. 

Knitting Mittens

Mittens are a common knitting gift for a lot of reasons.  They are relatively small (compared to, say, a sweater or a scarf), and therefore fast to complete.  They have a lot of different parts, which makes it feel like the knitting is going quickly.  And most importantly, everyone needs a lot of mittens.  You're forever losing mittens, or getting them all gross and throwing them away. 

(The consumer trend lately has been to buy teeny weeny mittens and gloves which stretch to fit, and cost only about $2 per pair.  The big problem with these mittens and gloves is that they don't actually keep your hands warm!)

Mittens also provide the potential for endless variety.  You can try out different stitch patterns (on the back only, please - no one likes a weird stitch on the palms of their mittens), stripes, different yarn types, colors, and construction types.  Much more so than many other knitted gifts, mittens are interesting for the knitter to knit, and useful for the recipient to wear.