Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The snow has been piling up outside since Sunday afternoon, and it looks just as pretty as a Hallmark Christmas Card, especially in the evening as I drive home and see the colourful lights twinkling under a white veil. Its difficult not to be mesmerized by the natural beauty of the season.

Just over two more weeks to go before the gifts are all unwrapped and the turkey is turning a golden brown in the oven. It has been a flurry of activity in the store with knitters dashing in for last minute project ideas. More and more of us are exchanging only handmade gifts at Christmas, giving from the heart not from the wallet.
This week the current It project seems to be these Chunky Wrist Warmers, (our free pattern is previously posted in Unpacking Autumn Inspiration). They can be knit in one evening, and come in a choice of bright solids or earthy neutrals in a warm and cosy pure wool.
Floppy Berets and Slouchy Hats are still really popular, we have different styles on display and kits to choose from. Some of the shorter neck scarves are selling very well, just imagine knitting one up in half the time it takes to knit the length of a regular one. Knitted Slippers are another gift item in demand lately, they make a great stocking stuffer and patterns are available for the whole family. Handknit Socks are an old standby, they do take a little longer to knit on such small needles, but once a pair of feet has been spoiled with such a luxury, expect them to be on next year's wish list.

For the knitter on your list, we have a fabulous new gadget, a Knit Kit which comes with 7 essential tools, much like a swiss army knife. It is a great way to stay organized and fits in a project bag or purse. Perfect for travelling, a customer bought one today for her flight to Australia, think of those many hours of pure knitting time above the clouds.

Gift certificates are another option for knitters, after the holidays we enjoy the quieter times, and like to have a special project to work on for ourselves.

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