Last winter I had grand intentions of not spending a cent on holiday gifts. I made lots of earrings with beads and findings in my stash, painted a couple canvases for close friends, and picked out knitting patterns for all my friends and relatives. I ended up buying everyone books.
But not this year! This year, I've picked out the patterns, put a moratorium on my stash, made a list of recipients and have started knitting my Christmas gifts - in July. Absurd? Perhaps. But am I alone?
I'm starting this knitalong for anyone else who's begun knitting for the winter holidays. Don't be shy! Speak up and share your ideas, pattern recommendations, and - of course - FO's!
One pattern I'm fond of is Kim's Hat, from the book Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I love it because it's versatile and a fetching use of those leftover dozen yards of yarn you can't fit into larger projects, and it knits really fast. I started and finished one yesterday, knit from scraps and leftover yarn in my stash.
I hope to hear from lots of you!
Edited to add: I've noticed that, with a few exceptions, I'm making most of my knit holiday gifts from only a few patterns:
1. Kim's Hats, from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
2. Fetching, from Knitty
3. Dashing, from Knitty
These patterns are well-suited to my purposes since they employ both speed and economy: I've never spent more than a few days working on any of them, and at most they use about 250 yards of yarn (I'm not sure of an exact number, since I'm using scraps and tiddles from my stash).
Have you found a few patterns that you'll be repeating for multiple recipients? Which ones?