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Giveaway: Happy Feet

Looking for knits that’ll knock your socks off? Cathy Carron‘s latest book, Happy Feet, has more than 40 patterns – some with multiple variations – that will satisfy sock knitters of every skill.

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Giveaway: Crocheting Clothes Kids Love

When I’m making a gift for one the many adorable kids in my life, I tend to prefer crochet over knitting. There are few reasons for this, but mainly, it’s because crochet is quick (and they grow so fast) and a great way to get creative!

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Norah’s Knits: Orange!

Today, I am thinking about orange. Read more

Knitter’s Spotlight: Garden Gate and Ivy by Stephanie Dosen

With her “knitting wands” and whimsy to spare, Stephanie Dosen has whipped up dozens of popular patterns under her design label, Tiny Owl Knits. Read more

Christmas in Crochet Giveaway: Win a free Santa Cocoon kit!

I love all holidays but, in my opinion, nothing quite compares to the magic of Christmas!  There’s time with family, good food, classic carols and cheesy movies – not to mention, an opportunity to knit or crochet something warm and cozy while watching the snow fall outside! Read more

Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: Merle Progress & Prize Info

Finally, I’m making some progress. If you read my last post, you’ll recall I was feeling somewhat defeated by all the increases. Turns out, I was doing twice as many increases as the pattern called for….grrrr. Read more

Get to Know Berroco: Scavenger Hunt Giveaway

I’ve shared a lot of information about Berroco since our “Get to Know” series started last year. Have you been paying attention?

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Knitter’s Spotlight: Cabana Blanket by Dori Kershner

Dori Kershner knits, crochets, designs and runs the Wooly Monmouth yarn shop in New Jersey. Spending all that time with yarn has proven to be very inspirational for Dori. She designed the Cabana Blanket with Berroco Weekend in mind! “I wanted a simple design to showcase its summery colors.” Read more

KnitBits Preview: Winter Giveaway

Would a new knitting book and some free Berroco yarn help make your new year happier?  We thought so!  Make sure you read tomorrow’s KnitBits, to find out how to enter our winter giveaway.

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Gifting

Pretty much the moment I started at Berroco we’ve been talking about GIFTS. It started way back in September with tiny holiday sweaters and gift sets you could make on a budget. There was a bit of a debate over the propriety of verbing a noun (I maintain that it is okay in the case of ‘gifting’ and Dictionary.com agrees). This week we’ve decided to give our KnitBits subscribers a gift–a chance to win one of four baskets specially selected by members of the Berroco design team. No worries if you’re not already a subscriber, you can enter until 12 p.m. PST on December 15th (your entry will also sign you up for the KnitBits newsletter). 

 

 

Our baskets are totally idiosyncratic, though mine was a little conservative to begin with. It contained the yarn to knit Crotona in a watery blue shade of Cuzco since that is what I have been knitting for myself in between holiday gift knitting. After I saw the masterpiece Donna had whipped up, I knew I had to step up my game. 

I finally settled on a basket stuffed to the gills with two skeins of every color of Ultra Alpaca Fine. I threw in lots of Clover bamboo DPNs and Booklet #275 which is full of basic sock patterns. The idea was that you could knit socks for yourself or your friends all year long but I immediately came up with a billion other uses for the yarn. I think it would be perfect for crewel, the wool embroidery that is making a comeback. It would also totally rock on the rigid heddle loom–the high yardage (I just typed ‘yarnage’ by mistake, tee hee) and the nylon content are perfect for weaving with. 

 

If you can believe it, Elin, a Swedish blogger living in Melbourne is knitting a STRIPED CARDIGAN with it. This makes her a high priestess of patience IMHO and check it out, she’s not cutting any corners. My new year’s knitting resolution is to take a page from Elin’s book (blog) and knit simply but well. 

 

 

And since this is a blog entry about gifts and the holidays I may as well share my stance on it–it’s the knitter’s way, no? I have done exactly one Christmas where everyone got a handknit gift and it was a very harried December. This year I took the Buy Handmade pledge and have had a fabulous time visiting Etsy and places like Craftland. Now that the crafting pressure is off I’m more motivated than ever to knit for friends and family! I’m loving Closely Knit by Hannah Fettig and Knit One, Embellish Too by Cosette Cornelius-Bates.

Good luck to all us gift knitters! Remember to rest! 

CR

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