6 Knitted Gifts to Warm up Everyone on Your List
We've been told that the hardest part about knitting is deciding what to make, so we came up with 6 projects we love. At least one of them is going to be perfect for you and someone on your list.
The Versa Cowl was probably the most popular project of the year. Choose two contrasting colors of worsted weight yarn and get ready for a meditative knit that will be well received by all. We used a variegated color and a semi-solid color in Malabrigo Rios for the one pictured above.
One skein of June Cashmere makes a pair of mitts for that special person in your life who wants to make the world a better place. The fiber for this yarn is collected directly from Kyrgyz shepherds living on small family farms along the ancient Silk Road amidst the soaring mountains of Central Asia. June is the Kyrgyz word for animal fiber, which is a centuries-old vital resource and essential element of the nomadic lifestyle.
Although these goats have long produced fiber capable of competing on the world market, until recently Kyrgyz shepherds had virtually no access to international buyers offering fair market value. June Cashmere is committed to changing this situation so that their cashmere has an honored identity as one of the world’s finest fibers.
These are perfect for the person whose feet are cold. And the person that wears Danskos. They fit perfectly in Danskos.
I've found my new favorite scarf pattern! This is how the designer describes it:
Sometimes you just want something easy to knit. A pattern that is fast to memorize; a project that you can pick up and put down without fear of losing your place. Believe it or not, designing something that checks all of these boxes while at the same time yielding something that is visually enticing is a significant challenge. But I think I managed it with this scarf.
It’s one row. Seriously. Once you get that one row down you are good to go. And somehow this one row produces a scarf that is completely reversible! With a few simple stitches, you can create something that is
more than the sum of its parts.
ONE row! It is like magic.
I chose the new Handspun Hope Angora/Merino blend because it is super soft and comes in colors that go with everything. Each skein of Handspun Hope helps raise a new generation of people in Rwanda that won't know poverty. Make this for the person that has the softest heart.
This hat is loved by both men and women. Make it out of Woolfolk Far to remove the itch factor and support the environmental efforts in the Patagonia Grasslands.
Thick mittens are good for urban dwellers, dog walkers, and playground supervisors. Added bonus - they knit up in a weekend with one skein of Rasta.
What is your go-to gift? Let us know in the comments.
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If you live locally and have been to our brick-and-morter shop, then you've probably noticed and/or visited our colorful next-door neighbor on Main Street, The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn. In the spirit of supporting local small businesses this holiday season, we thought it'd be fun to put together some gift ideas pairing one item (or yarn for a pattern) from String Theory and one item from The Bookstore. We had so much fun putting together these ideas! Here is what we came up with:
by Janet Avila
The first thing I do before every trip is plan out my knitting. We’ve talked before about how your trip deserves a new project, not the one that you are bored with.