Newsletter 799

by Meg Strong

Your "Knitworthy" List

Have you made your "knitworthy" holiday gift list yet? With only six weeks until Christmas and three and half weeks until Hanukkah, you need to get crackin' with those needles to make it happen! We promise to make it a little easier for you by sharing some fun, fast and easy projects right here each week. Ready? Set. Go!

The Welted Fingerless Gloves pattern has long been a favorite of ours. We love slipping these beauties on when there's a nip in the air, and we've been known to keep them on all day. Our sample uses Kathmandu DK, a beautiful tweed yarn that has the look of a rustic wool but is incredibly soft due to the lovely blend of Merino wool, silk and cashmere. A single skein is enough for TWO pairs of mitts!

Find Kathmandu DK HERE and the Welted Fingerless Gloves pattern here!

Live in the Nashville area? Join Alison for an in-store guided KAL happening DECEMBER 2ND and 9TH ~ 10AM UNTIL NOON. Alison will teach you the magic-loop technique of knitting small circumferences in the round using the Welted Fingerless Gloves pattern. Suitable for an advanced beginner.

Two consecutive Saturdays from 10am until noon ($40; materials not included); call the store to reserve your spot! 615-354-1007

Lara: To Pom or Not to Pom?

If you're looking for a quick, holiday project that's also quite the showstopper, we think the Lara Hat from designer Kristel Nieves is a gem! With two skeins of Malabrigo Rasta - one each of two different colors - we made two adult sized hats (one the reverse of the other, colorwise). That's a heck of a lot of bang for your buck!

The pattern for Lara is gettable by clicking HERE; it includes handy step-by-step instructions for that striking diagonal stitch-y thing!

Shop Malabrigo Rasta HERE! Add a fabulous faux fur pom HERE!

*Our sample is made up in Ivory and Diana with a caramel pom.

New! Lykke Naturale

The same great Lykke needles you know and love are now available in a sophisticated, natural finish! Made of durable birch wood, these needles are handcrafted and assembled to a high standard with a super smooth finish.

The 5" needle set is perfect for most knitting projects. It's probably the most versatile of the sets. The tips are 5" each, and the set comes with sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 13, 15, and 17. Also included are cords to make two 24", two 32", and one 40" length circular needles, and they swivel!! Two connectors, four keys, and eight stoppers are also included

The 3.5" needle set is perfect for smaller knitting projects. The tips are 3.5" each, and the set comes with sizes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 10.5. Also included are cords to make two 16", one 20", and one 24" length circular needles, and they swivel! Two connectors, four keys, and eight stoppers are included.

Shop the new Naturale Lykke needle sets HERE!