Monday, December 05, 2011

Heart to Heart Mittens + The Biggest Get Stitched on the Farm Giveaway YET!

The holidays are creeping up, aren't they? Thanks to everyone who has ordered patterns and cards. I am having fun imagining all of you sitting in your comfy armchairs knitting flowers, bags, mittens, and more every evening. Me, I'm working on a new pattern for you all that I hope to introduce not too long after the new year. Fingers Crossed on that! 

I wanted to let you in on a great holiday quick knit. It is my "Heart to Heart Mittens" that are sized for from toddlers to adults. Here's how this pattern came about. Last year during the Amherst Winter Farmers Market, I started knitting and designing a new pair of mittens for Julia. She has a tendency to lose mittens and it is always nice to have an extra pair in the wings. Every week, my fellow vendors stopped by to see how they were progressing. 


I didn't intend to make them into a pattern, they were just busy work for me when the customers weren't lining up. When they were done, I decided they were too pretty not to share. I set about writing the pattern, then doing the charts. I photographed them on Miss Julia (under much duress from her).
As I was editing the photos, I realized that although these mittens, with multiple hearts on them were maybe a bit difficult for a normal knitter who wasn't quite as colorwork obsessed as moi (yes, we have seen the new Muppets Movie, gotta love that Miss Piggie). So I started knitting again and this is what I came up with.....


Here she is throwing snowballs at me..... "Ahhh, Mom, are you done yet? PLEEEEEASE stop taking pictures."


Version Two - the One Heart Mittens are a simpler colorwork pattern still with the heart motif but not quite as colorwork crazy. They are sized in 4 sizes from toddlers to adults. Here's why you might want to try knitting up some of the "Single Heart to Heart Mittens" for Christmas gifts. 
1. The design begins with easy Reverse Stockinette Stitch Ridges
2. The colorwork happens in Fair Isle after the thumb shaping is completed. No worrying about increasing for the thumb and working in two colors.
3. They are worked on double pointed needles so they really rip along.
4. There are two great videos on my YouTube Channel to help you with the embroidery...
Those are the two stitches that are worked around the heart to really dress it up and put the mittens over the top beautiful. Here's a view of them in front of our old bread oven that is in our living room. (Yes we do use it - we make awesome pizza in it - how cool is that?)


The PDF pattern includes both designs - The Many Heart Mittens and the One Heart Mittens. I find the heart design such a gorgeous knitting motif. It kind of speaks to how you feel about the person you are knitting for. We knitters make a lot to express our love for our family and friends. What a great way to visually show this with heart mittens. With the addition of the two embroidery stitches, it really make the heart design stand out.

Hop on over to my Shop Page to order the pattern or on Ravelry Here

Now on to the best giveaway yet. This is to celebrate my inclusion in Knitting Contrissmas, the wonderful series of interviews organized and generously posted by Tina Kim, the author of the blog Knitting Contessa. My interview will be December 6th tomorrow. Here's what I have for you all.

Courtesy of the fabulous Simplicity Creative Group, one lucky winner will receive their very own electric ball winder! Very cool, if I must say so myself. I don't even have one of these!


That same person will also receive The Crochet Dude's complete advanced set of crochet hooks and accessories AND a Boye Needle Master Interchangeable Circular Knitting Kit. (This is an incredibly pretty set - all the tips are color coordinated in brightly colored metal.)


From Westminster Fibers, the same very lucky winner will receive their very own stash of my Julia Wool/Mohair/Alpaca Yarn. (Now that it is being discontinued, this is a collector's item, for sure!)


Here's what you have to do to enter. Answer the following question in the comments section of this post....

Tell me if you are making any handmade gifts for the holidays and what they are! 

As always, please remember to leave an easy way to get a hold of you. Contest Ends Thursday December 8th at 11:59 p.m. Only one entry please and U.S. addresses only!

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Wendelene said...

I'm currently working on a set of woven towels for my mother, and I may possibly be knitting some socks for my niece. There was more on the list, but as usual, the holiday snuck up on me. You'd think by now I'd have figured it out!

Bonnie said...

WOW! That's a spectacular giveaway! I am making handmade gifts: Christmas stockings for my nephews, a sweater for a baby nephew, a bluebird, headband, mittens, socks, more socks, even more socks, a scarf, etc! I knit throughout the year and stockpile gifts for Christmas and birthdays. I've even made a couple non-knit gifts this year. It is definitely shaping up to be a year of handmade gifts!

dorothy said...

I knit red scarves for the Foster Care to Success (formerly the Orphan Foundation of America), a cowl for my sister, and socks for my mother and husband. Love the Julia yarn!

Cami said...

I am making placemats for my parents, hats for a couple of friends and fingerless mitts for another. Let the good times roll!

Candied Fabrics said...

Those mittens are gorgeous! OK, on my to-do present list:
Mom: Pillow for her couch
Niece #1: Over the shoulder tote bag
Niece #2: Journal cover
Niece's #1-4: Earbud Holders
Nephews: Tie dye shirts
Brother-in-law: Kindle cover
On your mark, get set...GO!

Meghan said...

Am I making handknit gifts for the holidays, oh yes! Haruni for my mom, Annis for my sister, 98yards of heaven for my soon to be SIL, Little Arrowhead shawl for my MIL, SpillyJane's gnome mittens for the Hubs, and then brand new sweaters for my two girls designed by me but not released yet, a tie for Dad aso not released yet, a hat for my brother not released yet either. I have to add that I started knitting in January this year as I wanted it to be a year of lace and not a big time crunch in December! I am anythingbutsnow on Ravelry :) xoxo

Claudia Horner said...

I always end up making more than I imagined, with one or two last-minute-why-did-I-do-this-myself prezzies. This year the list includes: home-made jams and jellies (grape, black raspberry, strawberry lemon, and cranberry-pear), honey-dill mustard (very hot) and kimchee-pepper honey mustard (even hotter for the crazies in my circle), a knit Citron scarf (see Ravelry) and a pin I made from a vintage button for a girl-friend, mittens for another dear friend, a sewn yoga bag from African batik for my mom and for my nephew, a pin and a pair earrings from vintage buttons for a new friend, a pink knit lace scarf for the friend who loves pink, wow this list is getting longer than I thought.... So you can see that I have plenty of time to knit even more (next year), when I'll begin a hat and booties for a baby shower in yummy sock yarn. It is the color -- I love all the color! I would seriously love to win this package. Thank you for the splendid gift of your world via your blog and your creativity which so inspires me. Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year.

BaileyGirl5 said...

Awesomest giveaway EVER!!! I'm super excited just reading about it. I'm working on some embroidered pillowcases for my niece and a quilt for my sister. The quilt is actually for her birthday but since it's three days after Christmas (very inconsiderate of my parents) I feel like it's a Christmas gift. I'm also baking cookies and dog biscuits for my family and friends. Busy, busy!!

{jennie} said...

What a fabulous prize! I'm making mittens for three of my teenage nieces. Two are almost finished (do they really need thumbs?) and I need to start the last set. Not sure I'll have time to make much more than that!

Aunt Marti said...

I am making hats for my nieces and nephews. One great-niece asked for a black hat with pink flowers -- so I ordered the Quarters Cap and the Olympia Knit-Crochet Flowers patterns. This is a great hat pattern!

La Tricoteuse Heureuse said...

Almost exclusively all my holiday gifts are handmade this year. Mother and sister are getting lacy shawls, hubby gets a requested hat (and socks if I have time), my boss and his wife are getting a hat and shawl respectively, and I have two friends I'm hoping to do shawls for as well. Yikes... I should be knitting, not typing!
On Ravelry I'm Jesseknits

Anonymous said...

Mittens are soooo sweet!

Thanks for the giveaway. My Christmas gift knitting is modest. Two pairs of fingerless mitts for my sisters and maybe Hufflepuff colored mittens for my daughter. Only the mittens are left to go so I don't think I'm fooling myself. :-)

alchemy/ravelry

mkg said...

Well, let's see: a knitted lace scarf, a great fair isle tam, at least two pairs of socks, a pair of mitts, and a pair of mittens. (Wow has Julia grown! She looks great!)

Sheri said...

I've knit 3 pairs of socks, crocheted an afghan and 3 potholders and made a felted snowgirl ornament for gifts this year.

Sally said...

Yowza, Kristin! What a giveaway! What I've made/am making/will make: 2 pair Scandinavian mittens, 2 lace shawls, 3 pair of socks,4 pair felted slippers, 1 pair Splitbark mittens, a man's vest, 2 hats, 1 pair mitts, an iphone cozy, a Kindle cozy, a set of fabric desk accessories, and a couple of felted zip pouches with embroidery. I have half the vest, the hats, the Splitbark mittens and the mitts still to do. (I finally got an earlier start this year. ;)

Debbie said...

I made a hat for my brother. You have some realy good prizes! I would love to win! thanks, Debbie H

Chppie said...

I don't think time is on my side for real hand knit presents but I'm thinking of making some of your flowers and crocheting some paisleys to give as ornaments/pins. If I'm lucky I'll get a simple hat in too.

shortoldlady said...

Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!

I'm making a Christmas shawl for my sister and hope to get Official navy hats (black) done for the son and his room-mate.

Lollie said...

I am making many hats this year and my big project is a Norwegian sweater for my son. I'm not sure it will be done by Christmas, but Pretty sure I can have it ready for New Year's.
Laural

Anonymous said...

I'm making gloves for one of my best buds - not a surprise present, as she approved the color/yarn/style and has been trying them on for fit as I work on them - but she loves them, and I've have lots of fun. (First pair of gloves I've ever knitted)!

stashdragon on Ravelry

Connie said...

What a GREAT giveaway! Thank you!

The only gift knitting I will finish this year is a doggie sweater for Chloe...our Granddog!

The Sexy Knitter said...

What beautiful mittens! Being a fan of color, I love the multi-hearted version. :)

I originally intended to keep the handmade gifts at a minimum this year, but it seems I keep adding just one more thing! At this point, the list includes two woven scarves, a crocheted hat, some pajama pants, an apron, and a scrub hat. I've already finished the baby sweater, but I still have an adult sweater to finish up!

...you know, now that I write that all out, it doesn't seem very likely that it'll all get done...

Sharon said...

I am making lots of handmade gifts -- but they are for others to buy and give (i hope) --- folks on my gift list will most likely receive handmade gifts by artisans I admire

SnohoTina said...

What wonderful giveaways. I am making a few homemade presents this year. A ruffled scarf for a friend, a skull cap for another friend and I just finished a dinosaur sweater for my son. Would love to win the stash of your yarn!

may knits said...

I am not knitting as much this year as I did last year when I made all my nephews and neice hats. (I don't want to develop the crazy aunt reputation) But I am making one of my nephews fingerless gloves (he told me he likes black and pruple) and I am making a sock monkey for my nine month old neice. I better get started soon.
But after seeing what some other people are making for Christmas I don't think I have anything to be worried about.
Thanks for the opportunity to win these lovely prizes. I love reading you blog!

Margo said...

That is an awesome giveaway! I'm working on a scarf, not exactly sure who will get it possibly our mail lady. My husband is getting a hat and has requested another pair of socks.

Stephanie said...

I am making batches of biscotti and am going to knit my husband the farmgirl's stocking hat. I'm the world's slowest knitter so it will not be a surprise.

Nicholas said...

That is a crazy good giveaway! I am currently working quilts for my little brothers, hats for many friends, and jams and jellies for co-workers. It's a lot of making, but so worth it!

Liz said...

I'm working on some Christmas stockings. I've been telling my mother I'd knit some for the family since I learned to knit (maybe 10 years ago?). I figure I owe them. I'm nearly done with the second, and they're quick knits, so hopefully I'll get them done in time!

fracksmom said...

I'm making a swing sweater for a woman at work, and hello kitty shell, mens gloves, 3 scarves, a sweater for my cousin. I perfer to make my gifts. Just need to get the list done.

what a great prize.

love your blog. wish you shipped your lamb.
Fracksmom on Ravelry

BoogaJ said...

I try to make handmade gifts throughout the year, but not at the holidays since it's already so crazy and I don't need the extra stress :)

mamaross said...

I can't believe everyone in the world has not signed up for this giveaway. I'm probably the party pooper of the crowd because we don't celebrate Christmas and my knitting is no more deadline driven at this time of year than any other. That being said, I have recently finished hats for my boys and I'm working on socks for one of my daughters while I wait for a good deal on the yarn needed to make a hat for my other daughter. I'm also in the process of weaving some placemats and some towels, but as they are learning pieces they are somewhat less than gift-worthy and I'm pretty sure they'll end up being gifts for my own kitchen.

Mariah said...

A close friend has begun chemo treatments and as I was trying to think about ways in which I could help, it came to me just this morning: a hat! I could knit a very soft hat for her for Christmas--we do live in Maine, after all. I'm headed to the stash right now!

Julie said...

Now that's a giveaway! I am working on a lace scarf and my daughter is making lots of friendship bracelets. (Has Julia discovered those yet - popular items and made with floss!)

Mary G said...

Of course I'm making hand-mades!

First there are the knitted candy-cane ponies for the boys' club I run; then there are the yarn ball ornaments for the girls' club. Then I'm knitting up some snowflakes for family in the South (doesn't snow much down there usually) ... then I've got fingerless mitts to do for the 3 still at home, and a Hello Kitty hat to make for my great-niece. Then I am resting!!!!!

Ellen said...

I'm making a 'Lacey Willow Scarf' out of Classic Elite Yarns Fresco for one of my daughters. I'm also making tiny beaded Santa Lucia wreath pins for friends - so back, to work!

Ellen

You can contact me at Humbledaisy1 (with that special little mark for AT!) Hotmail.com.

Happy Holidays!

Sharon said...

I'm working on an Advent Day scarf for a cousin. She is amazing and has been a great friend to me and my girls. What better way to express my thanks than to knit her a shawl/scarf out of deep purple lace!

and the giveaway is amazing. I love Julia yarn and am saddened it is discontinued. The collection would be amazing to have. Thanks for the chance.

Anna said...

Here's what I'm making for Christmas: 4 pairs of socks, a scarf and a sweater.

Fibercrafter said...

I've finished 4 viking hats for my brother and his 3 grandsons, have a shawlette on the needles for my sister, and hats and fingerless mitts planned for other family members.

knitting08816 said...

I made a bunch of Baby/holiday gifts for a soon-to-be Granddaughter due in early January. Since I couldn't leave out my darling grandson, he got a hat and mittens and sweater. I have a couple of scarves and shawlettes ready if I need an emergency gist.

Jolene said...

Most years, I make just a couple of presents, but this year I've ratcheted it up several notches: 4 monsters for nieces & nephews, a sweater for my mother, slippers for my dad and brother-in-law, and a wrap for my sister.

Anonymous said...

I am knitting 3 little fairies for all the little girls in the family.
And one phone cozy!

TheQualityWatch said...

I love the cheerful mittens. Just what we need on these short days.

I am knitting a mitered square hat,a
Wanderer Cap by Jared Flood, and hopefully buginarug cowl. I have a longer list but the holidays are approaching so fast!

fale artut said...

Lots and lots, knitted mittens, sock and hats for example, some parts in handspun yarn of wool from our sheep, but also sewn "lapptÀcken" and carpets for the bath or bedroom. It will be other stuff of the wool, some with sheep on it, and balls of wool for the Christmas tree. Love your colors!

susanknits@earthlink.net said...

Wow - what a giveaway! I'm working on a lace scarf for my mom, a hat for an incredible teacher, and mittens to replace some that were lost.

Sarah Rooker said...

WOW! What a giveaway. And, what great comments. I have been stumped on what to make and now have some ideas...those gnome mittens...gotta make those for Helen. I'm sewing an owl stuffy for my other daughter and still stumped over my husband.

Anonymous said...

Fab giveaway! I've made three afghans (and a half that isn't finished yet!), a baby blanket, a nursing modesty coverup, a pair of booties, as well as a leaf beret and matching scarf (beret is made from an original pattern "invented" by a Brazilian friend). The beret and scarf set is for the lovely woman who minds our office pantry, makes coffee, sets up luncheons, etc. Because I now use a cane, about 6 months ago she voluntarily began to bring me coffee and ice water every morning so I don't have to make the trek from the kitchen, balancing cane, cups, etc.

jennifer said...

I made a cowl for my aunt... all it needs is blocking and buttons. Which I swear always take me longer than the knitting. Other than that I have a pair or 2 of socks I'm trying to get finished. Though I think only one pair might be done in time.

As ever love the blog!
Jennifer
jlbixleratgmaildotcom

Betty said...

I am making turban-style headbands for girl friend gifts.

bensedin art said...

Giveaway is great and I would like to win:))
I'm making lots of handmade gifts - mittens, hats, scarfs...

Sarah said...

I'm in a making frenzy over here, between stuff for my shop and family. It's getting crazy, but that's the holidays, right? I've been on a crochet cowl kick, so that's what most of the males in the family are getting. Why are guys so hard to get for??? I'm actually teaching my cousin to make jewelry for her Christmas gift from me, so I'm not sure if that counts. I've got to make her some sort of organized pouch for tools and supplies, too! Much to do, much to do!

A. said...

How did I not know there was such a thing as an electric ball winder?!?

that's really cool!

I've made a few things, but I can't tell because what if they see my post and figure out what their gifties are?!?

bcaster said...

I just finished an entrelac cowl scarf for my future daughter in law. It was a lot of fun, learning something new and can't wait till after Christmas and all of my other projects are done to try it again. I will be putting an antique pin on it to make it even more special. Love your stuff. Brenda

Dee said...

I may make some cowls. Great giveaway!

D said...

This is an amazing giveaway, thank you for offering it! I am currently knitting a regular scarf for my mom, and infinity scarves for my mother in law and my brother in law's girlfriend. If time permits, I'll knit for my boy relatives as well :)

jeanelledge said...

I am working like a mad woman on (let's see if I can say this all in one breath): 2 sets of fingerless gloves, 1 neck warmer, 1baby sweater, 1 teddy bear to go with the baby sweater, 1 winter cap, and 1 wrap. There! Am I always knitting? Yes. Do I absolutely love it? Absolutely! I would love to win the gifts.
jeanelledge@yahoo.com

laurie said...

Cool givaway, I am making a Christmas Stocking and fingerless gloves.

Suzanne said...

Oh now this is exciting! What a generous giveaway, the yarn fancies me the most as I could knit your mittens with it:-) Let's see just off the needles and blocked is a little elf hat for my newest grandson--old Fiber Trends pattern, three cowels, and a tiny tea leaves cardi in raspberry for my 7 yo. More crafting too planned...LOL! I wasn't ablet to get to the Amherst market at all this summer, but I will make susre I stop by and say hi:-)

Savannagal said...

That's a phenomenal giveaway! Some lucky person is going to have a wonderful Christmas. I'm not making anything specific for Christmas. I make handmade things all year long. I'm currently working on socks, a cardigan, a vest and a shawl. I'm close to finished on all but the socks. If I have to rip those out again, I'm going to cry. Happy holidays!

owlette said...

Yes I am. I'm making mittens and hats for four of my siblings, hats and scarves for the other two. I'm making socks for my dad and a cowl for my mom. I'm making a couple more cowls and fingerless mitts to give to other relatives.

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

I'm sorry to say my holiday knitting plans are shot for this year. I spent the other night frogging about a month's worth of knitting - over 40,000 stitches! I'd made a dress for Mom for Christmas - a stockinette bodice with entrelac accents, with a large-scale entrelac skirt. I've never done this large of an entrelac project before, so I didn't realize the stockinette gauge would be wildly inaccurate for that section. I lightly steam-blocked the skirt, and the hem circumfrence, which was supposed to be 42", blocked out to 68". I don't think Mom's ever worn a hoop skirt, and I doubt if she wants to start at age 85! It was also about 5-6" shorter than expected, so it would have been a mid-calf hoop skirt at that. I'll get it reknit, but not in time for Christmas.
Thanks for the super-generous giveaway!

kendra said...

I would absolutely love to win this giveaway! You are so right...it's the BEST I've ever seen!!
I made the fairy and tulip purse for my DD; the Musical Monkey for our neighbor; 2 hats (so far) for our local Safehouse for women & children; a shrug for DD's Christmas dress; a hat for my best friend's son; a sweater for a new baby in the family; and *hopefully* I'll finish a Pam Powers' cowl for my grandma and an earflap hat for my son! Phew! Didn't realize until now how much I've actually accomplished. Thanks for that! ;)
Rav ID: kendraja

Jessica said...

I am making exactly ONE handmade present this year (three of my friends gave birth in oct/nov.. babies come first!). I am knitting a pair of fingerless mitts for my sister, who coveted mine last year. I am, however, sending yarn to a bunch of people :)

Diane said...

I am weaving some scarves for the holidays. Almost done.

James-Linda said...

JUST COMPLETED A RED/GREEN/IVORY TABLE RUNNER FOR ONE DAUGHTER>TURNED OUT SO ATTRACTIVE! THANKS FOR SHARING A MOST GENEROUS GIVEAWAY!
♥ MERRY CHRISTMAS ♥

Mimi F said...

Just finished a snood for my sister, just started the Dahlia cardigan for my own xmas present. Bought a lovely lace yarn for my mom's shawl, and have sock yarn awaiting my husband's feet. Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great blog, and for this giveaway opportunity!

Susan B. said...

I'm making hats for everyone this Xmas. Last year I was more ambitious, making different things for everyone, and not all of the projects got finished. One lace shawl ended up being a birthday present instead of a Xmas present. So this year I decided on hats. Everyone is getting a different hat in a different style. But everyone is getting a hat. (Except my husband who doesn't wear hats and will get a pair of socks!)

Carolyn said...

I am working on fingerless gloves, requested by a daughter and some bright colored mittens in your Julia yarn. Not sure who gets these. Finished up some socks for a grandson who claims he skateboards much better when wearing hand knit socks.
This is a great give away, but give away or not I love reading your blog.
cclarke@xmission.com

maureen o'doogan said...

omg, with a giveaway like that, yes i'll type up my to do list!

let's see, hand made gifts, you ask...
1. fingerless mitts and neckie (finished) picture at http://maureeniemakesthings.typepad.com/maureenie-makes-things/2011/12/tis-the-season.html
2. quilted sewing machine cover
3. quilted purse (in progress)
4. necklace (at least the beads are all picked out)
5. xmas scarf (well underway)
6. hemp jacket (fabric just arrived, this one might not get finished before the big day)
7. appliqued evening clutch (needs to be finished early!)

is there a way to put pictures in the comments section? it's no fun without pictures!

HOA Mgr Lady said...

I have made 5 crocheted afghans and a few shawls and plan to make a few more afghans before i am done. Given two away already and they both LOVED them.

bren_na said...

Wow, what an awesome, awesome prize! I am working on my first stranded pair of fingerless mittens for a Christmas present for my sister-in-law, and thinking about another pair of mittens for my boss. Wishing I had more time to work, though, so only the first might get done.

Jennifer and Steve said...

Fun, fun! Hope all is well there. :) Working on a hand spun/hand knit hat for my niece, some fingerless mitts for my sister-in-law and this fall we made some cucumber sweet relish for giving. More thoughts are in our brains. We will see what transpires! Happy holidays to you all!

Laura said...

I'm making lots of gifts this year - alot with felted wool

Kristin said...

I am making some of those neat ruffle scarfs that are so popular now.

Leslie said...

Well, funny you should ask about hand made for the holidays :) I have a pair of mittens to go to John, for whom I made a quarters hat last year. Donna is getting a hat to go with the mittens I gave her last year. My husband's cardigan should (I hope) be finished in time for Christmas. There are four pair of mittens being taken to the bank this week for the holiday mitten tree and two scarfs will be draped over that too. Me? I making myself a pair of socks but I know they won't be done in time for Christmas.

I hope you're progressing on your last minute projects.

Dianne@sheepdreams said...

Great giveaway! Someone is going to feel as though Christmas is right now when they win! Thanks so much for hosting this.
I'm still working on more projects than I should be, at this point in time. Scarves or cowls for DIL's, hats and mittens for the grands and a few small ornaments for friends.

Jean said...

A couple of cowls and an shawl. And some socks!

MicheleinMaine said...

I'm making a hat for my nephew in the Oktober Zest pattern to go with the sweater I made him for his birthday. My niece will get a finished poncho that I started for her 3 years ago. With luck, I will make cowls for my sister and her husband. My daughter will get a sweater, but not till January. And I will undoubtably be making a few last minute fabric bags for teacher gifts and the like.

What a fabulous giveaway! The yarn is so pretty!

And Julia is growing up so fast!

noallatin said...

I am making a scarf for my sister and a hat for my brother. Hopefully I can stealthily knit a hat for my husband as well.

Lilea said...

Lots of gifts are being knitted by me for family and friends: Hubby, socks. Daughter, hat and fingerless mitts. Son 1, hat and socks. Son 2, hat and scarf. Son 1's girlfriend, socks and something else with owls. Friends at work, felted bowls.

Cathy said...

I am making some scarves and some coasters. Next year I hope to plan ahead and begin my holiday crafting earlier. For some reason I always get swamped at work in November and December and my crafting time slows down. :-(

reneelynn said...

I made 3 pair of fingerless mittens, a sweater for my 10 month old grand daughter and I'm finishing up on a second sweater for her tonight. Also have a scarf for my daughter that I would like to get done.
r.lang@live.com

mary kate said...

This year, my husband and I are both out of work so my needles with be very busy!
Our great nieces will be getting hand knitted piggy mittens and just because she is a teenager and thoroughly unpredictable, my 17 year old niece decided that she would love piggy mittens too!
pwitry@rcn.com

Susan said...

Way to get comments! I'm working on sewing projects (less than half done and must be finished by Dec.12!) then on to knitting: scarf and tam, baby sweater and a baby hat. Lots of work yet to do, never enough time! Fortunately the baby won't mind if his are late.

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slmiller8 said...

I had planned to make my husband his annual woolen vest, but haven't even started it yet. I also had considered making a shawl for someone, but that likely isn't going to happen, either. We used to give alot of homemadegifts-jam, etc, but that has fallen by the wayside. Over all, we give fewer gifts to everyone.

Sara said...

Nice giveaway! To be honest, no one in my family wants and/or appreciates my knitting. Last Christmas my sister said - oh my god not another piece of crap that I won't use. My DH never wears his socks. I've made 3 sweaters for my DD and she has never worn them, and she picked them out. I'm not a bad knitter. But I only knit for myself and my dogs. So nothing going for Christmas. I am knitting a sample sweater for a yarn company, so I'm busy!

Suzanne said...

I made 3 little girl shrugs. Two for my hairdresser's daughter's and one for a co-workers daughter. Next up is a hat for my Dad.

Bonnie said...

Helmet hat, fair Isle hat, beanie, Bouttique knits cloche, one pair of mitts, two ruched and ruffled scarves, and I'm mitts #2. Whew, I must hurry up. I have a few more hats to knit...oh and I made myself a pair of toe-up socks. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Kim in Apex said...

I've just finished a lace scarf for my best friend, and have one more sock to go for my sister's annual pair. She loves handknit socks so she gets a pair every year.

Anonymous said...

Oh-me-Oh-My !!
This is amazing ~ and it will be amazing if I finish all that is on my list. ~
I am knitting mittens for children & adults, toy animals(hedgehogs, hens & star kitties that I made up)finger puppets, Waldorf doll sweaters and for myself very thick mittens, a bandana cowl & new Inca style hat. If I have time, I did promise my cat a chubby little stocking with a mouse on it !
I would loVe to win your fabulous yarn. The colors are incredible. I can't afford to add much to my stash now since I went through cancer surgery last year. Truly, your color palette makes my heart happy. ~ oh, and I'm also needing to finish a pair of man-socks.
* Thank you Kristin, *
best,
Shell~
YarnSoup@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Wow - an electric ball winder!! I just wound off 8 skeins this afternoon, so you know that sounds good to me :-)
I'm mostly working on baby gifts/holiday presents. Everyone I
know seems to be having a child/grandchild. It's very nice. Luckily they're small, although when you're working on 4 at one time, it seems nothing gets completed! Thanks for your wonderful blog. I stocked up on Julia yarn when I saw your announcement, but more would always be appreciated! Rav ID-
Pyrpup
Jill

philogirl said...

Hi,
I am making knitted hats!
I really like the mittens.

Beth

philogirl128@yahoo.com

Jennifer Denning said...

No homemade gifts from this year unfortunately. I had a late start this year so maybe, just maybe, things will be ready by Valentine's Day :)

I hand wind all of my yarn so I could use the electric ball winter or the yarn. Pick me :)

MJ said...

I am knitting a polka dot felted bag - your pattern. It is turning out adorable.
Maryjane

sheepyhollow said...

Most of my gifts are handmade: jelly, granola, bird feeders, felted clogs, fingerless mitts, goat's milk fudge. Too much fun!

Kristin said...

Hi Kristin,
I've almost finished most of my gifts. I made my sister a Frosted leaves shawl, my mom a Catkin, my nephew a Wurm,and my niece a Fair Isle Tam. My canning and food experiment girlfriends are getting handmade aprons, crochet top kitchen towels, and crocheted pot scrubbers (maybe crocheted dishcloths if I get to it). My dad is getting a quilt that my mom and I made together. I'm working on an Around the World Afghan for a couple of my favorite people, although it's doubtful it will get done for Christmas. I also made JiJi the kitty for her and I'm working on a dragon for him, although I haven't quite figured out what pattern to use. I'm working on Labyrinth mitts for a girlfriend in CA and a hat for her husband. Aunts, Uncles and other deserving parties will be getting crocheted top towels, pot scrubbers and home canned jellies.

I started in June but I think it's going to be close to get it all done.

Kristin/HLMauera

LilMissMo said...

This is a beautiful assortment of items. Thank you for offering such a wonderful package. I am in the process of creating an ethnic doll for my new little niece from the Phillipines. She told me that she wants a dolly with skin like hers. So I a created an ethnic amigurumi doll for her and am in the process of creating clothing for the doll so she can play dress up. I can't help imagining what all those lovely colors of yarn could become. Thank you again for such a generous compilation of items.

harrington.girls@gmail.com

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Kathleen C. said...

I plan to knit some fingerless mitts and an infinity/cowl scarf or two for our friends. And maybe a pair of felted slippers. But the priority os a pair of socks for my MIL. I gave her a pair for her birthday a couple of years ago and she loved them. Then I found out through the grapevine that one was lost. She was so upset that she didn't want to tell me... so I am making her another pair AND a single matching sock to her other pair for Christmas.
She is an appreciator of handknits and a very good MIL.

Susan said...

I <3 those heart mittens! This winter I'm working on a pair of slippers for a friend. I also really want to get some ornaments done for gifts. Last winter I found a cute partridge with a pear pattern for ornaments. I might do a few of the partridges by themselves and stuff them with catnip for my cat and some friends' cats. You always have such nice giveaway items. Thank you for the generosity all year round! You can reach me at SusanNMarshallATgmailDOTcom.

Lori in Texas said...

I made a doll quilt, mattress and pillow (with embroidered pillow case) to go into the doll cradle I bought at Round Top this year for my 4 year old daughter. I also knit a sweater for the doll that will get to sleep in all of that handmade goodness. And a few little felt christmas ornaments for some of my young cousins. I've been busy!

Kamin said...

hey Kristin, I am making a pair of boot toppers for my daughter from Kristin Knits. I have finished one and a half. Fun knit. Also, I made her a bracelet with leather and beads.

Nancy said...

I'm trying for a hat for 1 brother, and hopefully dinosaur mittens for my nephew. I'll be happy if I can get the hat done, but I can't wait to see how the mittens come out!

Anne Paulson said...

I am currently knitting a pair of 'options' slippers for the elementary school principal where my sons attend school. This man has been a real Godsend and I thought some slippers would be a fun way to say 'thank you!' My mom will also be receiving a pair of 'options' slippers. I am hoping to whip out some more of your sunflower coasters for gifts too! Who knows what else I will squeeze in before Christmas? Maybe some teeny tiny MochiMochi Santa Clauses for ornaments? Anne Paulson annegp on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

Hi Kristin,
This morning I finished a pair of slippers from COLOR BY KRISTIN, nine more sets to go...10 grandchildren. I really needed a color fix after knitting several sets of mono-colored wristlets. Have a great and colorfilled Christmas.

JANET said...

I'm knitting catnip mice toys and weaving handtowels in a Finnish Twill pattern from Davison's Handweaver's Pattern Book. Oh, and a black and white Fair Isle cowl for someone. Wish I could get focused on some mittens - once November hits Chicago, I remember how long mitten season is.
Happy holidays and thank you for your always positive, colorful, beautiful blog.

Mia said...

Christmas Stocking for my 14 month old to match the one I made for my husband a few years ago!

Dagny said...

I knit a sonic screwdriver for my nephew, a headband for my niece and a giant eyepatch for my other nephew. I am currently knitting a bunny for my mom.

lynnesquared said...

I'm 10 rows away from finishing Terra by Jarred Flood, a gift for my grandmother-in-law. i've got a couple of embroidery projects going for my mother in law and mother, just cute scenes to frame and make them smile. and a knitted hermit crab for my sister in law! can't resist a stuffed toy knit!

Cheryl S./sdbrncacherry said...

my family is all the states, so i'm going to give this a shot... for this x-mas, i'm only knitting the Sleeping Baby Castle blanket. i'm almost done with the castle!=D

Anonymous said...

I am hoping to find the time to make my mother-in-law a cowl and Susan Anderson's fairies for my neices in the latest issue of Knit Simple magazine.

Donna Goad in VT

lorraine said...

yay! your new mitten pattern is just fab! my primary gifts will be handknit this year..im making a annis shawl for my mum..a cowl out of mal rasta for my gram..(it will be tough to part with that one) and a headband for my sister..i just finished crocheting an afghan for her which was also her christmas gift this year :) raineoc@yahoo.com

MaryAnn said...

What a Wonderful Gift to receive from a very gifted person! I just knitted an afghan for my daughter who is expecting her first child in January. I am always knitting dishcloths, varying colors as seasons change for my 2 daughters for Birthdays and Christmas. Currently I am starting to knit mittens from a very old pattern for the new grandchild, when he or she is out in the snow. Also,being requested some new mittens for the new mom! I enjoy reading your blog everyday and the pictures of your farm and sheep, and dogs are great. I have watched Knit & Crochet on CreateTV. I would love to learn how to crochet the basic granny square as yours is pretty with the brown color around each square. Another days project!
Thanks for the chance to enter this contest.

mn_bird said...

I don't do a lot of knitting that is specifically for the holidays.

This year, I made a hat for my niece who loves pink. The pattern is your quarters cap with 4 different colors of pink yarn. I can't wait to give it to her.

I am also trying to make enough felted flowers to use instead of bows on most of my X-mas packages this year.

Keeping it at a pretty low-key level like this makes it fun.

Robin
minnknitter on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

I am making the Grrlz N' the Hood Vest by Samantha Roshak for my daughter. It has been a very quick knit.
loonynuna (on Ravelry)

Caroline said...

I am knitting almost everything this winter:

Fingerless mitts for my brother and mom. Socks for my dad. A sweater for my boyfriend. A hat (or something) for the BBFs and a whole mess of small knitted animals for all the babies in my life - or will be joining us in the coming year!

Jen said...

Wowzers!! That's a lot of prizes! I am currently working on matching hats for my nieces.

jendada on ravelry.

Tina said...

I am so excited to have YOU on the blog tomorrow Kristin! Mostly because you are so fabulous! :) What am I making for Christmas? I have two beautiful lace shawls waiting to be wrapped, a simple pair of navy wool mittens for my son and am knitting another pair of fingerless mitts for my youngest daughter. I'll stop there b/c I have so much more in "list form". :) Hugs to you!

evie said...

I'm making a bunch of hats. Might try a few mittens too. Usually I'm a lot further along in my knitting for Christmas presents by this time, so some of them may be late this year. I keep saying I should make simpler hats but then keep starting ones with cables and major stitch manipulation. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment.

Carla said...

Of course- I have made a pr. of socks for my brother in law- working on a Dr Who-ish scarf for a son and have made 20+ mini sweater ornaments for coworkers.....

ellen said...

I've made a pair of socks and a cowl for my mother, a hat for my son, socks for my oldest daughter and a scarf for the younger one. There is a pair of "emergency" socks in my gift inventory, and a hat for my granddaughter. I'll be making a ha for my grandson. There is also a baby shower this month for which I have crocheted an afghan. I'm making some kind of cookies for my work mates, too.

Turtle said...

WOW! Awesome and generous! Yep, as always i am making most of the gifts. I have made 3 hats this weekend (as well as working a craft fair, lol, where the recession was obvious...folks hmmming and hawing over clearance 5.00 handknit hats), many styles of fingerless gloves and goodies from the kitchen as well.

I have never tried an electric winder, would be cool. And i was so sad when julia yarn was kanked as i hadn't a chance to try it! (fingers crossed)
Your julia is getting so big!

Jessica said...

I'm delurking to enter this give away! I am making a sweater vest for my two year old son for Christmas (let's hope it's done in time).
From local western mass blogger and Tuesday Market visitor (we love the lamb from your farm!)
Jessica

Emma said...

I'm knitting Christmas stockings for my family of six. I only have one and a half done so far, so I have lots to do before Christmas. This is an awesome giveaway. I would love to win! My email is toemma@gmail.com

Stokes'Stitches said...

super excited for this giveaway. Really hoping to get the opportunity to try out a new project with this yarn

lars said...

Just finished knitting my first baby hat including a complicated Kitchener stitch, finished a lovely big cowl this weekend, will be making two more scarves, and a hat, and then to the kitchen for biscotti. The jams are already done. Much homemade love this year.

Sarah said...

I am making socks for my niece who actually asked for them! I have trained her well. I also am going to make some stenciled t-shirts for my brother and I am currently blocking an afghan for me!

sarahland on ravelry

colleenrose said...

Gorgeous mitten pattern, Kristin! And I love the model's attitude--she's a natural! I'm totally over-committed with handmade gifts this year (a cabled sweater? What was I thinking! Along with a shawl for mom, hat for dad, cowl for BFF, scarves for the neighbors...the list goes on!) I seriously need to plan ahead next year! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway...fingers crossed! (ColleenRose on Ravelry)

Kathy at Knitting Off The Grid said...

What a wonderful, wonderful giveaway! Yes, my needles are smoking right now. I'm currently making one of Rebecca Danger's knitted monsters for my 8 year old grandson.

Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family.
tehachapisockcompany@gmail.com

Elaine said...

Knitting for charity any time of the year, but especially now, gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Hats, mittens, scarves, leg warmers, and baby blankets are high on the list. I never know who gets them but I feel sure they are greatly appreciated.
eblim01@yahoo.com

zumbaqueen said...

I made some fingerless polka dotted gloves for my granddaughter. For my not-quite-two-year old grandson, there was the apple hat, the eggplant hat, the candy corn hat, the 4 quarters hat, and then I used the leftover yarn in each of those colors to make a scarf that matches EVERYTHING! P.S. I am taking crochet lessons, so those needles would come in handy. profmom@comcast.net

Jody said...

The holidays always signal hand knits and quilted items for me. This year I made 2 honey cowls and an alpaca cap, three pairs of fingerless mitts and a baby sweater and hat. I so appreciate your joyful use of color! You motivate me to expand, and I would consider myself the luckiest knitter on the planet if I were to win your splendid yarns!!!! Happy holidays to you and yours!
P.S. I have never ever won anything before, but I am wishing and a'hoping!!!

NancyP said...

A wonderful contest! Thank you! I am knitting socks for my daughter (one down, one to go), making felted pins from your pattern for several family members and friends, making felted and sewn coasters for family and friends. The knitted/felted coaster pattern came about as a result of failed attempt to knit/felt a bowl several years ago! And then there is the baking of date nut bread, candies and cookies! Happy Holidays to everyone! Nancy P

Trudi said...

I am knitting hats for all three grandchildren. For the two oldest, this has become an annual tradition, ever since the year one of the girls refused to take her new hat off even when she took her bath. It is nice to have one's knitting appreciated!

Laura Timmerman said...

I'm pretty much doing all handmade gifts this year. Partly because I prefer it, partly because I am cash poor but rich in supplies for craft and cooking projects. Knitting wise I am into hats, especially various forms of double knit hats. I hope to make everyone a hat and try out patterns. Also making jelly and jam from the fruit in the freezer and doing some printing of dish towels with linoleum cuts. If there is time, photographing old family pictures and putting them in a slide show or disc. I better get on it!

Laura, your Leyden neighbor.

Flowerknitter said...

My Christmas gifts for everybody is always knitted. My brother-in-law, who loves to fish, is getting a knitted mamma fish with babies, mom is getting alpaca socks, my children are getting felted slippers to go with their traditional made flannel pj's, my great nephew is getting a blanket I designed just for him, and everybody is getting a crochet snowflake. I love this time of year for giving......

Manise said...

I am knitting a pair of socks for a friend, but after reading your post I'm definitely knitting your mittens! Can't wait!

Rose Lane farm said...

I love your new hat pattern and have made a couple for cousins in Germany. I'm making mittens, scarfs, fingerless gloves and baby legwarmers for others. I made a lovely dolldress for my niece and am working on pincushions for several sewing friends - one is a cute little hedgehog. I love giving handmade gifts because they are from the heart - and that is what Christmas should be about.

onescrappychick said...

That is a spectacular giveaway!! I knit my son, who is going to be 17 this month a scarf in the mistake rib pattern, I knit my daughter a thin yarn scarf for wearing with shirts out of some purple yarn she was coveting in my stash, I knit a cowl for a coworker to go with a hat I knit her last year, and I'm about to start a hat for another co-worker this week. After that, I think I'm done my holiday knitting for this year.

Beth R. (justplainbeth on Rav)

Dianna said...

I am making socks for daughter-in-law and daughter - both love them. Additionally I'm knitting a hooded sweater for my youngest grandson. I love your patterns - have made several.

Dianna (Fuzzylogic on Rav)

Farmerjane said...

Mittens, mittens and mittens. And Christmas stockings for my new twin grandchildren!!! Jane from NY

countrychicken said...

Great giveaway. So far I have made 10 cowls and scarf for gift giving. One baby sweater on the needles and I think I need to sneak in a pair of mittens before the 25th.

Stoney said...

Oh my yes, I am making handmade gifts! Not counting placemats and napkin sets from Laurel Burch Christmas fabric or fleecy baby blankets edged in lacy crochet work or ornaments for the tree and that one tree skirt, I am knitting the quarters hats from your pattern for the teens in the family and have several set to deliver to a local charity. Then there are the 12 batches of raspberry jam from our own raspberry bushes and the special cookies for Christmas Eve made with raspberry jam. Yes, I am always making handmade gifts. It defines who I am. Thanks for such an amazing giveaway gift, Kristin.
Holiday Wishes,
Stoney Monte
spirit.in.stoney@gmail.com

maggieinthemountains said...

I started knitting a few months ago and friends are getting bulky scarves!

myartfullife said...

What an exciting give-away! And I love the new heart mittens. In October I decided that this would be a handmade Christmas. There are cowls knit from my stash, a lace scarf of a lovely linen-viscose, and from a delicious array of Julia yarn a pile of Kristin Nicholas Quarters Caps is growing, and it looks like there's still time for a basketful of the Knit It Felt It Zip It bags, which I will stuff with an extra treat.

Becca said...

No knitted gifts this year, sadly. No knitting time. Working too much. :-(

Cathy Miller said...

I've discovered the Infinity Scarf! Perfect gift. Am making several; each one's different. A variety of yarns, stitch patterns. You cast on for circular knitting, knit to your desired depth, bind off. Recipients love the scarf/cowl options in these, and I love the ease of knitting.

Cathy Miller

jennifer.auroradesign said...

I'm knitting a baby romper (somewhat winging the design) using some delicious madelinetosh yarn. Made Christmas cards, a gingerbread house and who know what else!

Robin Corddry said...

I'm making quilts for my granddaughters age 3 & 5 this year. Last year it was knitted hats and mittens for everyone. Wish I had had your pattern then! Hope I win this one!
Robin Corddrymum on Ravelry

LindaM said...

A pair of socks for my therapist and some fingerless mitts for my mom. :-)

ibdmom at me dot com

sricker said...

I am knitting a Christmas Stocking as well as a couple of knitted toys for stocking stuffers

Carrie said...

I am working on a hat and scarf for a friend, and also 3 pairs of baby booties for some friends who are expecting in the springtime. I'd also love to get some cocoons done for them too, but I'm not sure time will allow that much!

cstein (rav)

delmarknitter said...

I'm currently working on dish scrubbies, dishcloths, and hot pads
for my office holiday party.
Leda

Barbara B. said...

I'm making a lightweight wrap for my Mom who recently moved from the North down to Dallas, TX--something to keep those A/C drafts off her neck. In past years I've done more gifts, but this year I'm determined to actually finish a sweater for myself.

Becky Greene said...

I am knitting and crocheting scarves for the eight ladies in the family. I will give them via the "Dirty Santa" method where people choose (or take away) in order of random numbers drawn. We should get a kick out of that and everyone will get a beautiful scarf!

beckygreene10 at gmail dot com

nancy said...

I'm working on some washcloths today. Making my son a hat. Have a quilt made for a granddaughter. Have some fingerless mittens done. Would like to make snowman quilted doorhangers for friends. Made a table runner for daughter. Wish I had started earlier, as usual. Oh! I made 35 gorgeous Christmas cards that are ready to mail! Love your blog! Takes me back always to my farmgrown childhood. Yes, we had sheep!

Cheryl said...

A reader's shawl for a crafty friend so she will have pockets in which to place her glasses and other items and a matching hat and mitten set for another friend using the cabled band hat pattern by Betty Balcomb and gingerbread mittens pattern by Leanne. The shawl is completed, but I just cast on for the hat and have not even begun the mittens yet. Better get a move on!!! You can reach me at cheryl33@bellsouth.net.

Debby said...

This year for Christmas I am making all the ladies in my family hand knit house socks. I'm using a nice worsted weight yarn and a beautiful cable pattern. Have one more sock left to go!

bookagent said...

In the completed stack I have a cowl and scarf. On the needles is a hat and shawlette. In the hope to finish area are potholders, several sets, made from your Swirly Twirly pattern! Great prizes opening that box will feel like Christmas all by itself.

Pam

deidre said...

I am making several scarves and a hat(knitting), a T shirt quilt(sewing) and sea salt caramels (cooking). Hope this week is productive! Merry Christmas and thanks for the chance.

Mary G said...

I am currently knitting felted slippers for my granddaughters and have completed 8 appliqued felt candle wraps and two appliqued sweatshirts. I also crocheted curly scarves to donate to the Giving Tree at our church. I still have to make a quilt for our newest granddog. I love your blog and follow it daily. What caught my eye originally was the farm stories but the knitting is an added bonus. Thanks for all the time you put into it.

Candy said...

Winning this prize package would be better than having Santa come down my chimney! I knit as many Christmas presents as I can: cowls, hats, socks, earwarmers, etc. Time is the only problem. If I just didn't need to work and sleep I'd be okay.

MelissaH said...

I tend to make my gifts (socks, hats, and the like) and give them when they're done, rather than save them for a particular holiday. Less pressure on me that way.

Angela said...

Those heart mittens are so nice, and with two options = lots of variations. I'm knitting a sweater for my mom, mitts for two of my nieces, a scarf for my sister, and then some small quilted projects. And most will be more like New Year's Eve gifts, since I am one slow knitter. What a nice giveaway--very generous!

Merry Christmas!

Jenn said...

I couldn't NOT comment on this post... This is the snazziest giveaway!

I'm knitting and crocheting so much for Christmas this year that I'm starting to panic. Christmas stockings for everyone (16!), hats for a couple people, and at least one scarf. So far, I have 3 (almost 4) knitted stockings done.

Whew. I'm not sure I'm gonna make it! But it's not really Christmas if you're not at least a little stressed about your knitting :)

Anonymous said...

I've knit vests for my sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and a close friend, socks, a scarf/cowl and I am currently working on a vest for my son. Left of the to-do list? A pair of socks and possibly a hat for skiing. I hope I can get it all done!!

amandagmy

LindaLou said...

What a generous give-a-way. I have completed two wild and crazy hats and scarves for teenage nieces and one long ruffled scarf for a mature neice-have two toboggans and scarves for nephews,and a baby blanket to finish-New Years resolution is to learn to crochet as well. So would work well for me. Thanks and happy holidays.

Carolyn said...

What a wonderful present that would be!!! I always knit lots of Christmas presents, usually scarves, mittens and lots of "MONSTERS". All the grandchildren love monsters and animals - this year it was an alligator with legs sticking out of its mouth. When you are 12 that is the height of funny!!!
Carolyn

Casey said...

Yes, I've been knitting since Sept. So far I have 4 pairs of socks, mitten and hat set,a scarf and a shawl, oh and 3 cowls,2 small and one large enough to cover the head.
What a fabulous giveaway! I'm crossing my fingers.
ashefamily@yahoo.com

tea4too0 said...

I am knitting a hoot owl hat for my bestest friend and some other caps for other bestests.

Helen said...

Although I don't qualify (living in the UK) - I must tell you that I am thoroughly enjoying knitting your 4 quarters hat - its coming up lovely using my hand spun alpaca - thank you!. I have also knitted 15 pairs of socks for pressies and one bag, and all my cards.... I love making presents!
Your blog is very inspirational - thank you.
Cheers
Helen

Sheila said...

I'm not doing any handmade xmas gifts this year. I decided not to put myself thru any of those nights knitting until 1am or days waiting for blocking items to dry. Yes, days to dry. I live in Oregon and it can be pretty damp here this time of year.

Carmen said...

I am making Ysolda's Coraline for my 1 yr old niece in a beautiful snow white. I am also making a good friend of mine a few cup cozies and a french press cozies all in a beautiful eggplant yarn. And last but not least, I am making cute mini sweaters as xmas ornaments out of crochet cotton and size 0 sock needles. It's been quite the year and it's finally coming together with a crafty cherry on top!

Joyce said...

Right now, I am in Ecuador, doing mission work. Christmas is very much a community holiday here, rather than a family one. I don't think I will actually finish any of these by Christmas, but I am working on a shawl for my soon to be daughter-in-law's mother, a baby dress for a young unwed mother in our church, and a baby blanket as a house-warming gift for the orphanage that is opening in town. bloss.ec2008@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I am working on finishing a pair of socks for my dad (they were originally a father's day present) and I have finished a cowl (that was easy and quick) and I'd love to do another. I am also making a flowered felted bag for my daughter to keep her Squinkies in.

Donna said...

The giveaway is awesome -- especially would love more Julia yarn!! But it would be for NEXT year's gifts. Started too late to finish all I intended, but have made some washcloths, a entrelac scarf that is gorgeous, couple of hats and am about to finish some x-stitch finger towels. Have jam and butters made. But for me time is running out this year. Enjoyed reading all the things everyone is making! Great ideas for next year!!

Jen B said...

I'm knitting just one pair of socks. But I'm also making some wire family trees. . . (hopefully)

Kate said...

I'm making socks for my Dad and my sister. They got jealous last year when I was only able to finish a pair for my mom. It's a dangerous thing only knitting for one member of a close family!

I want to knit myself a pair of gloves before the season is over too. I figure that will be my gift to myself once the holidays are out of the way. :)

T.M. said...

I only make hand knits for everyone. This year my sister is spoiled with gloves and socks from both of Kristin's books and I finally finished a Celtic poncho that I've been knitting since 2006.
I've spoiled my sister because now she will only wear handknit socks!

Chris said...

I am knitting hats as gifts this year - we all need new ones and it has already started snowing here in Colorado too! I also make lots of baked gifts, but not until a few days before Christmas.

Martha said...

I am knitting hats/scarves for my sons and their wife/girlfriend. Can't wait to finish so I can start knitting for my first grandchild due in May! Thanks, Kristin, for the excellent giveaway.

Aish Shenoy said...

I have been knitting hats,socks,scarfs,shawl for my kids and husband and school teachers. Your blog is very inspirational.Thankyou.
Aish.

Anonymous said...

I've knit a guernsey wrap, mittens, cowl, hats for several different people. I'm really excited about your heart mittens and just purchased the pattern and ordered some Julia yarn from WEBS. Can't wait to get started on them!!!

Anonymous said...

oops - I'm anonymous who knitted the guernsey wrap, mittens, cowl, etc. I got so excited to post my comment I forgot to leave my contact info.
griffinknits@ravelry

Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful talents Kristin!!

Robin said...

I'm knitting some plain fingerless mitts for my daughter, making birdhouse gourds for my mom and sisters, and making a stuffed felt dragon for my son. It's going to be a handmade Christmas!

Maggie said...

This year I found a few yards of linen at a yard sale. I am making bags and coasters with it. And then I have so many scraps from my new quilting passion that I am making birds as Christmas ornaments. I am also making a scarf for a friend. That's about it, I hope I can get it all finished. Also, love the orange bag, love your color sensibility. I think I will also find the time to make some of the zinnias. such pretty flowers. I've probably bit off more that I can handle, but that's the fun of handmade gifts.

Pysselfarmor in english Grandma said...

I hope though I am from Sweden I can join this. I knit mittens, wristwarmers, some scarfs and I also do twined knitting and nÄlbindning. The last is an old Swedish technique. I have followed your blog for a long time - sometimes I have comment.

JFibers said...

Ahhhh... What a great giveaway. Thanks so much for offering. I am re-gifting a hand knit sweater to my step-dad with new modifications to the length of the sleeves (oops... messed that part up last year at Christmas), and I've knit hats for all the new babies in my circle of friends- that's a total of 5 new hats. Lot's of babies this year- including one of two for my own new baby- due Jan. 24th.

neknitsandbeads said...

I made two scarves. One with Tundra, that is nice and full of ruffles in black and white. I also made Summer Wind, an infinity scarf.

Both were fun knits, now wrapped up ready for Christmas day!

Now back to my afghan....

Anonymous said...

Love the colors in the mittens.
Busy making fingerless gloves.
Could think of all kinds of things to knit with those lovely yarns. Too bad they are being discontinued.

Pauline
fiberlooney@yahoo.com

Pat W. said...

I'm knitting a pair of socks for my sister, & a scarf and hat for my DIL. I usually feel strange knitting for anyone in my family, they are all knitters and I think of them as much better knitters than I am but this year I just said the heck with it.

Anonymous said...

Mittens for my daughter: one pair of Natalie Selles's Oh Deer antler mittens (on Ravelry) and one pair of Spillyjane's Winter Time for Adriana (also on Ravelry).

Will happily supply my contact info if I win! (in Central Mass.).

dleirer said...

COWLS(!) Super bulky yarn, size US 13 needles. Quick, warm, and fun to knit for both men & women.
Diane L.(sheepdream on Ravelry)/Bloomington,IN.

Sue said...

I have made several owl hats. A couple of angry bird hats. Now I am making slippers for my daughter and granddaughter. I have a sweater in the works for me and I belong to a knitting group that does charity knitting so we have been making scarfs and hats for the homeless and blankets for babies after the tornadoes. I love this give away and would be so happy if i could win it. alagrneyez@aol.com

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

hand knit socks, hand woven towels, some fingerless mitts....what else...oh! padded hanger covers....
GOSH! I need to get off the computer and back to my knitting!
kim

Cate said...

Absolutely! I'm finishing up a sweater for my Mom, a sweater for my favorite Aunt, and a lace shawl for my son's girlfriend (a real act of love - it is out of a cotton/linen yarn since she is allergic to wool). Plus I have about 5 people having babies in my life so have been churning out baby sweaters! Hopefully they'll all get done before baby showers/births and Christmas :)
ctashton at gmail dot com

Tracie said...

I love to knit Christmas presents! I made 3 men's hats, 2 cowls, 1 scarf, 2 baby hats and 3 pair of fingerless gloves - and counting!

tracienix (at) gmail (dot) com

Rooibos said...

Wow, what a wonderful giveaway! As to what I'm giving for Christmas, well, I've knitted 2 pairs of socks so far, a third on the needles, a cowl is done, the Saroyan scarf and the Rustling Leaves Beret. I think maybe the Ginkgo shawl is next, well if I don't run out of time.

Anonymous said...

This year the hand knits were given ahead of time. Good thing. Tomorrow - cardioversion for the hubby.

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