My bridal shower was a tea party and my sister made party favors with tea cups- cups and saucers from ikea, a few tea bags and fancy sugar cubes in the cup, and two honey sticks. She wrapped each one up in a tulle circle and tied a bow with the honey sticks coming out the top. Thay were really nice, and you could do pink or blue bows if you know the baby's sex. Yellow bows would look nice too and would go with the daisies.
Scones are really each to freeze ahead- make the dough and shape them, then put them in the freezer on a cookie sheet. Once they're frozen solid, tranfer them to a ziplock. One the day of the shower, preheat the oven and put the frozen scones right in the oven on a cookie sheet. Fresh scones, minimal work on the day of the shower.
I offered to knit a shawl for a friend of mine who's getting married next October. Out of all the patterns I showed her, she chose the Icarus shawl from last summer's Interweave (fine with me, I wanted to knit it anyway). Color, however, is still up in the air.
I was thinking I could knit the shawl using some KnitPicks bare laceweight wool from my stash, and then dye it later if she decides to go green (or gold or orange or brown or red...) with the Jacquard Acid dyes.
Now, I'm inclined to think that this would work, if I follow the usual blocking/wet garment precautions, but I'm also afraid I'll turn my hard work into a useless wad of mess...
The Knitorama book has a pattern for a knit garter.
It's a strip of lace, with an I-cord drawstring through an eyelet row. I do not recommed buying this book unless you crochet, but the garter's cute...you might be able to borrow the book or see it at an LYS or book store, for some ideas.
A patient of my father-in-law (he's a dentist) sewed me a beautiful smocked garter and I couldn't wear it because my wedding dress was on the slinky side and it made a huge bulge on my leg.
I have a subscription to Vogue and I really like it. Granted, there have been issues containing nothing I want to knit.
But, if you're looking for timely patterns that reflect current high-fashion trends, it's a good one. It also has more classic styles that are definitely nice- I have several patterns flagged for future projects.
I buy Interweave Knits and that's my favorite knitting periodical. Great articles on techniques and more fun patterns than vogue.
See if your local library gets any knitting magazines and look through them. I would also visit a book store or LYS to browse.
If you have limited yarn, you can increase until you get your desired width (remember each dropped stitch will add about a half inch), and weight the knitted portion. Write down the weight and make sure you save that much yarn for your decreasing.
I was able to get a copy of the book right after Christmas, and now I can't find it. I was so #%&# angry last week, because I desperately wanted to knit a robot. I've abandoned the desire (for now), but I'm not too happy about it.
It didn't even occur to me to use another color, so I'm working on a green one in Knit Picks Andean Silk.
It's the first pattern I've ever worked from a chart and it was surprisingly easy to pick up. However, this chart thing requires intense concentration (for me anyway) and as a result, I'm not likely to pick it up and knit while talking or TV-ing. I've been working on it sporadically since August. Here's hoping I finish it this winter.