I'm completely wrecked from staying up with the kids last night to watch the British Pop Pensioners Concert, I mean the 12/12/12 concert to benefit Superstorm Sandy relief. There is now a clear demarcation in my life: the Time Before I Saw Roger Daltrey's High-Gloss Bare Chest, and the Time After. (Click if you dare.
) Seriously. Foxy old men: I love your foxiness. I really do. I also love a shirt.
Ann! The Christmas-Hanukkah-Kwanzaa-New Year is upon us! As always, without setting out with intent to knit gifts, I am knitting gifts. A/k/a Honey Cowls, which I would be knitting anyway. Might as well spread a few more of them among the general population, for they are Good.
Today, though, I'd like to showcase Other People's Knitting. These are patterns that may fill that quick-knit niche in someone's gift-knitting regimen. Alternatively the patterns themselves would make good gifts for a knitter. And it's so blissfully easy to bag & tag the gift of a Ravelry download: you send your recipient a festive message saying, A GREAT PATTERN IS IN YOUR RAVELRY LIBRARY RIGHT NOW. And there it is, shiny and new, awaiting its turn in the knitter's queue. So here we go.
This year, at last, Britain responds to the beloved Norwegian Christmas balls of Arne and Carlos
. In London, at True Brit knits
, Belinda and Wendy--designers of the Hampstead Wreath
, have come up with their own collection of handknit ornamental finery for the season.
I want mine in charcoal, cream and scarlet, if anybody is knitting me some.
DEPARTMENT OF DISHRAG-EVOKING ACCESSORIES
Meanwhile, Jen Arnall-Culliford and Kyoko Nakayoshi have published Cloudy Apples
, a collection of 9 smashing accessories for the head, hands and feet. For some reason, Jen and Kyoko thought that the dishrag-knitting queens of the universe would particularly like this set:
(It's not really that close of a match for the Ballband Dishcloth. But point taken.)
I would love to see this dash pattern in tonal greys, with a dash of tweed. Tonal anything. I'm all about the tonal and the tweed at the moment.
The Underleaf Hat and Mitts are available as individual patterns, and also as part of an e-book, on Ravelry.
Thanks to Jen's long service at The Knitter, Britain's monthly magazine for advanced knitters, and Kyoko's vast experience designing exquisite knits, the patterns are beautifully designed and written. Whether you whip up one of these small items quickly for a gift, or go the giftwrap-free route and just give a pattern or the e-book to a knitted head/hand/foot-gear enthusiast, you are golden. Done. Dusted. Next present.
EDITED TO ADD: The designers have kindly offered a discount of 2 pounds off the e-book price of 9 pounds (hello where is that pound symbol on my keyboard) if you put CloudyMasonDixon in the coupon code box on Ravelry. So be sure to do that.
Good Old American Ingenuity, or What I Knit Last Night
We return to the land of our fathers and mothers, where our beloved pal and photographer of our persons, Gale Zucker, has come up with a super fast, super bulky, super loud cowl pattern that does not sacrifice knitting interest to knitting speed: Decibella.
The stitch pattern, a variation on Fisherman's Rib, is a sweet little puzzle if you've never done it before. What? You get a two color rib but never use more than one color in a row? You purl alternate rows, but the FO shows no purls, on either side? Who thinks up this stuff? It's cool.
I made one last night. (Yes. Last night. Super fast knit.)
Modeled here by Old Mother Hubbard, who recently disembarked from steerage, it is in fact intended for a spritely 11 year old who lives in Providence, where the winters still are cold. I used 2 skeins of Cascade Magnum that had been in the stash so long that germination was becoming a concern. And now, wa-la! Insta-knit high fashion!
Back to my Honey Cowls. Two long subway rides before I sleep.