Knitting is one of those hobbies that just keep looking better the more you knit. Actually I think that’s how it is with most things in life; the more you do them, the better they become and the easier they are to do. Once you have the knit and purl stitches mastered, there’s no reason to need to get more complicated than that. After all, there are so many pattern designs to knit with knit and purl stitches only. Like I said, the more you do, the better you get.
Then, when you have a really good grasp of how to knit a scarf, for instance, you can begin making knitted gifts for your family and friends. These are the BEST gifts to give someone for a birthday or the Christmas holidays.
Always look for yarn that is a step-up from the acrylic yarn that is so prevalent and usually the type to be found in big-box stores. Acrylic yarn may be cheap and available, but it’s NOT always the best thing to knit with. Some projects are perfect for acrylic yarn. Afghans, for example, are a winner; many household items can be knit in acrylic yarn, too. Sometimes, sweaters, but most times, not.
I like my sweaters warm and cozy against my skin, not warm and itchy. Unless you are using a specific acrylic yarn such as Caron’s Simply Soft yarn, you may be knitting something that will look great but not wear well. When I was a little kid, I couldn’t stand anything itchy against my skin! Especially my arms. And those were the days when us little girls wore lots of dresses with lots of elastic puffy sleeves. My mother used to have to take out the elastic on some of those dresses because I wouldn’t wear them. They were too itchy!
Special times, though, call for special knitted creations. What are YOU knitting for birthdays and holidays?
There are SO many patterns that come to mind, just thinking about all of them together, puts me in knitting overload; I already have so many projects going now! But, here are just some things you can knit for the Christmas holidays or for birthdays!
- Purses or Totes
ALL of these items can be knitted, and knitted beautifully! Wrap them in gauzy tissue paper, in a pretty wrapping paper with a bow or ribbons, and wait for the “oohs” and “ahhs”.
Let’s face it; most of what we want in our lives we just go out and buy. There’s always online shopping places that we frequent and the mall, of course, and if you live in NJ, there’s a store on every corner. Well, almost! We don’t wait any more to give something for just a holiday or just a birthday, so when they do come around, they feel increasingly more difficult to buy for.
Why buy, when you can knit!? And, you won’t find any of these in stores, so no duplicate gifts!
So, I’ll say it again, what are YOU knitting for birthdays and holidays? As always, take your knitting to heart! ♥
P.S. Be sure to go to my Scarf Knitting Facebook page or find me on Twitter, too! What ARE you knitting for birthdays and holidays? PLEASE . . . let me know!