11.21.2011

giveaway #74

I'm excited to announce the Grand Prize winner of the Bijou Basin Ranch giveaway who has won the Pretty in Pink Knit Shawlette kit (yarns + pattern):

Ivy

In addition to this winner, I have a surprise two winners to announce!! When BBR read all the comments of folks never having tried or even seen yak yarn in person, they sent me an extra TWO swag bags from a recent event to giveaway to two additional followers. Each bag contains a skein and a complimentary pattern, so here are the lucky extra randomly chosen TWO:

skaro964 & mommieof4munchkins

Congratulations! Please contact me at yarnonthehouse@gmail.com to collect your prizes.


The holidays are just around the corner and I'm sure a lot of you knitters out there are scrambling to get all of your gift knitting in order and done in time. I've decided to throw gift knitting out the window this year! That's right. I'm not knitting anyone ANYTHING! Unfortunately, most of the important people in my life don't appreciate my handknits (sad, but true). My daughter, Jasmine, is now too cool to wear stuff her mom knits! My girlfriends are into brand named things, and my close family (mom, dad, and bro) either never remember they own handknits that I've given them or just choose not to wear them. There is an exception to these people that I still love even if they do not love my knitting as much as they should, my husband. He is my biggest fan! He loves his handknits more than his favorite pair of sweatpants and that says a lot. However, he recently received several handknitted items after verbalizing how much I do not love him, because I never knit for him. I of course rectified that immediately and knit him three hats and a pair of fingerless gloves in like a week or something. So, he may get something special under the tree, but everyone else is outta luck this year! The knitting is ALL FOR ME! Bah! Humbug!

With all of the ME knitting I've been doing lately, I recently got a chance to try out this giveaway sponsor's terrific yarn: Elizabeth and her yarn line Vice that she sells on Etsy. Read the fun written interview I did with her:


1. Please start by telling us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

My name is Elizabeth Inman, YarnluvinLizzy on Ravelry. I have been selling my yarn for the past year and I have been fortunate to have been received well in my local market. I am now at a point that I have started to expand. I am a knitter, crocheter, weaver, spinner and teacher. I have a passion for great fibers. The name of my yarn "Vice" is a tongue in cheek nod to this passion.

I bring a different point of view to my yarns, using luxurious fibers coupled with bright, saturated colors. I am inspired by my travels around the world and this country and admire those that are adventurous in their craft.

2. Your hand dyed yarns that you offer are beautiful. The colors are so vibrant and well layered. What's your favorite yarn or color that you offer?

My favourite to dye is Plain Jane which I make with 11 different colours which then co-mingle to add at least another 11 different shades. It is crazy, it is fun and it is my romp through the crayon box.

My favourite to knit so far is Paparazzi DK. Paparazzi DK is a merino/silk/stellina (sparkles) base that is so lush and tasty to knit. I dyed some in a raspberry colour and knitted a sweater. So far I am just dyeing this to order but I hope to release it in a broader way soon.

3. Can you talk a little bit about your dyeing process and how you got started dyeing yarn?

I am very picky about what I will knit with. I wanted the combination of high quality base matched with deep, vivid colours that just wasn't easy to find in my area. So I created them.

I dye with professional acid dyes, I use citric acid so there is no vinegar smell and I rinse the dyed yarns clear after they are steamed for 45 minutes. This makes the yarn colour fast. I use a variety of methods to dye the yarns but most are hand painted with a sponge brush.

4. For budding new yarnies out there, what's the one piece of advice you have?

It is hard, physical work that has vast competition and takes time and a lot of effort to break in to. Owning your own business means you get to work any 16 hours of the day you want to. But, if it is truly your passion, go for it.

5. What will be next for you? Do you have colorways in the works that you can share with us?

I am constantly developing new colourways (ok, sometimes by fluke). What is next is my new worsted weight yarns which will be available by Christmas.

6. Why do you knit?

I knit and crochet to create. It amazes me what can be made with a ball of yarn and some needles or a hook. Each skein of yarn is full of limitless possibilities.

7. When did you learn to knit and who taught you?

I have been knitting for four years and I am still learning. Sometimes I knit just to learn a new technique and never actually make an item.

8. If you were to knit and live anywhere in the world, where would you knit and live?

If I could coerce all my family and friends to move to New Zealand, that is where I would choose. I love it there.

9. What's been your worst knitting or yarn dyeing disaster?

Early on, I was dyeing with a completely different method which required the yarn to be scoured in soda ash first. I left it in too long and it melted. That was not good.

10. And last but not least, if you were enjoying a favorite drink while reading my blog, what would it be?

A dry, Bombay Sapphire Gin martini with 3 big fat olives. Please.


Elizabeth was sweet enough to send me over a gift skein to try out, and I knit up this gorgeous shawlette with it that I wanna share...


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Pattern: Pettine
Designer: Corrina Ferguson
Collection: Sideways Shawlettes
Yarn: Vice Sockalicious
Colorway: Dirty Girl
My Rav project page here
Modeled by: Jane, my brother's very beautiful gf.



The yarn is Elizabeth's Vice Sockalicious, and what a wonderful sock/fingering weight yarn. It's a MCN combo (merino, cashmere, and nylon blend), which is one of my favs. The merino and cashmere are soft and luxurious, and the nylon adds strength and durability, but I'm sure most of you already know this. So, what's so special about this yarn?! It was hand dyed by Elizabeth and the colors are beautiful. She is a very talented yarnie and her vibrant hand dye job made this skein so lovely to work with. I'm the first to admit that variegated colorways are not my favorite, but this skein helped me realize how pretty tonal variegation can work in the right pattern. It was a lot of fun to see the colors change back and forth while I knitted this shawl. It kept the whole process very entertaining!

Speaking of just right patterns... the shawlette pattern that I knit up, Pettine, is definitely that! This shawl is per-FECT for the not so solid colorways of sock yarn I have tucked away in every corner of my home! (Side note: it's perfect for solid colors too!) The garter stitch body and lace edging along with the sideways construction would yield itself wonderfully well to your fun colored skeins of sock yarn you may have laying around. Plus, I don't know if it was the pretty color changing yarn, the great pattern, or the combination of the two, but this shawl almost knit itself with how quick it flew off my needles. I also think its neat soft triangle shaping (depending on your blocking at the end) makes the shawl more modern and perfect for holiday gifts for those ladies on your holiday lists that love scarves, but might like something new and different. Corrina, the designer, has a gorgeous selection of knitting patterns, and truly worth checking out when you get a chance.

Elizabeth has also been kind enough to send over two spectacular skeins of Vice yarn for you to have a chance at winning...


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The funky multi-colored skein on the left is a called Chubbie (how cute!). It's a sport weight yarn that yields a whopping 342 yards of lovely superwash merino wool. The skein on the right is the enchanting Sparklicious Sterling and has silver strands spun throughout! Not lying! It's 63% SW merino, 20% silk, 15% nylon and 2% silver. Both are awesome and will be a whole lot of knitting fun for two winners!


I would like you to do the following if you would like to be entered into this week's giveaway:


1. Read over the rules if you have not done so already.

2. Leave a comment on this blog post by the end of Sunday, 12/4/11. Who are you knitting for this year? Is your holiday list of handknits a mile long or are you like me and only knitting for yourself?


I'll randomly pick the winners in 2 weeks and post the results along with the new giveaway, so be sure to check back. Good luck everyone.

Sincerely,

Ve

179 comments:

Sarah said...

Oooooh that is some GORGEOUS yarn!!! I LOVE the multi skein, especially. This year I knit a Christmas stocking for a friend, but that's it for holiday knitting. Like you, my family isn't big on handknits. I know they appreciate the effort, but they just won't wear them at all. My best friend did hint that she'd love to have something knitted recently, so hopefully after the Christmas rush I'll make something to send her way!
(SarahVV on Rav)

Jessica Powers said...

I'm knitting for me mostly. May try to bang out a shawl for one of my bosses so they can each have one, but first I must knit a sword for a friend's son, a by request gift that's already overdue. Otherwise, me, me, me!

Diane said...

I'm knitting for my newborn son this year. He needs cozies for our trip back East from Cali. No time to knit for anyone else... I need to learn to knit faster!

Sheila said...

No holiday knitting in my world. Last year everyone got handknit presents and there were a few late nights. This year I'm buying stuff.

fridica said...

I'm like you! Just for myself!

Rachelle said...

I did knit one item for my Mum, but I couldn't wait till Christmas and have already given it to her; I'm currently working on a pair of socks for my husband, but that's all I'm knitting to give away this year.

Kayla said...

I love knitting for my self and for my baby. And I love to crochet toys for my friends ^_^

Knits with Penguins said...

Gorgeous yarns! While my list isn't exactly a mile long, it is 13 people long. Lucky thing that I already have two of the gifts knocked out. 11 more in five weeks? No sweat!
Rebecca

Anu said...

ooh! they are gorgeous skeins of yarn... I especially loved the deep blue one with sparkles!
I am knitting up gifts for some swaps we're having... it's a lot of fun to knit for others when you know that you're work will be appreciated by fellow-crafters!

babyloveknit on ravelry

affiknity said...

I am knitting for my family, as always. I also plan to sneak in a project for myself in that list.

Jubbers said...

For the last two years, I did not do any holiday knits/crochets, so I felt it was time this year to do something. I'm making some stuffed toys for my soon to be two year old nephew. However, no pressure to finish by Christmas, because his birthday is in February.

I do need to complete a pair of mitts (and potentially a scarf) for my sister-in-law; those are my plans for Thanksgiving :)

sparkeespud said...

NO holiday knitting for me this year. I have a few things I've knit up, but mainly for myself.

mmirandam said...

Woooow, what a beautiful scarf.
And yarn, yummmmmmi.
I'm knitting mostly for me and my children. As we expect new baby boy in February, I already started, some new baby stuff.

Jen said...

Being selfish and just knitting for me right now. Love that Sparkilicious Sterling yarn!

jendada on ravelry.

Suzanne said...

I'm not knitting for anyone either for the holidays but I am making some baby hats for gifts. I'm just plugging away at the knits I want for me. Hee Hee.

Avila said...

I'm knitting Christmas ornaments for my family - tiny hats, sweaters and socks! I did the same thing last year and everyone loved them.

Gynx said...

I'm knitting socks for a lot of family members this year!
Gynx on Rav.

Emily said...

I'm only knitting for my son this year, and he's still small!

Tara said...

This is my first year back to working full time (in retail no less!) - well, I was full time last year too, but didn't have as demanding a job - so I am keeping it small and only doing some washcloths for my son's teachers (3 for each!). I will inevitably come up with some last minute knitting for someone like I always do, I don't doubt.

Sylvie said...

I pretty much only knit for people who will appreciate it. This year I'm knitting a scarf for my boyfriend (overdue - I may have said I was making one for /last/ Christmas), a handspun scarf for my grandmother, and maybe something for my mom. Plus doing some froofy lace knitting for myself, because boring scarf + complicated lace make the best travel knitting combo.

DramaticKnits said...

I'm keeping my list to a reasonable length. I knit a small messenger bag for my sister. I also have on the needles a baby hat for a friend's kid and the Citron Shawl that will most likely go to my "mother-in-law".

Orli said...

Beautiful yarn!

Just one gift knit this year--a sweater I promised a long time ago to someone very worthy, which I finally have both yarn and time for.

And a shrug for me, to wear to a New Year's Eve wedding. Sparkles abound!

Jen said...

I'm not actually knitting for anyone for the holidays. I AM, however, finishing up my husband's Valentine's Day 2009 present! (P.S. LOVE that sparkly blue yarn!)

storiedyarns said...

I knit for my sister for her birthday, which is Thanksgiving Day. Other than that I may knit up a quick pair of fingerless gloves for each of my kiddos but that's about it! I'm like you - most people aren't worth knitting for. :P

Oh well, more for me!

Jessecreations on Ravelry

Oh! And I also moderate the Heartfelt Handmade swap group on Rav - the point is to make ONE handmade item for someone who will actually appreciate it and send it along with ONE small extra. So you get to swap with someone who will love your handknits and receive a handmade item from some other crafter without breaking the budget on a big swap. So I'll be knitting for my recipient in that swap, too. :)

susan said...

I am like you, no one appreciates handknits amongst friends and family except my daughter loves scarves and mitts. That "Chubbie" looks amazing and I would do Hitchhiker in that I think...That would be fun!! Wish me luck!

Robin said...

Oh it's definitely a mile long: Knitting group Secret Santa, Mom, Dad, best friend, and then there is my best friend's baby shower which is 6 days after Christmas. I'm a wee bit behind, can someone send me any extra knitting mojo that's lying around?

Christine said...

Knitting for my dad, mom and husband for Christmas. That's all I can handle this year. I'm a selfish knitter!

BellyLaugher on Rav

Laura said...

All I am knitting this year is two elephant toys for my daughters. I started knitting them a toy every year for Christmas when they were each 1 and the tradition is now an expectation. This is the first year they made a request though, and I am just grateful that they made it with plenty of time to spare!

Jen said...

I'm knitting for my baby who is due on 12/25!

becca said...

I finished my holiday knitting last week - had to since they were Smittens for my godchildren. It's selfish knitting from here on out for this year!

Christine Lima said...

I'm knitting hats for several friends, felted slippers for a couple family members, and a couple special things for me! I've got to get knitting!

twistedtexan said...

I'm so excited to see Lizzy's yarn featured on your blog! I'm fortunate to know her IRL and her yarns are drop dead gorgeous.

As for holiday knitting, I'm making hats for my brother and his family. I just hope I finish in time! ;)

Gianna said...

I'm knitting a shawlette for a Christmas gift, a pair of baby mittens as an overdue birthday present, and a sweater for a January baby.

Lael said...

Only knitting for me this year. Just because time got away from me, though - I should knit another pair of socks for my mom, as she does appreciate them.

Sangeetha said...

Knitting for me, my best friends little preemie baby, my 2 small babies and my big baby (hubby)

If I had to start tallying my list may be as long as the equator :)

Peppermint Mocha Mama said...

I literally drooled over "Chubbie" - that is the most gorgeous yarn that I've seen in a long time.

This Christmas, I went a little "promise happy" - a sweater for my husband, slippers for both daughters, hat-scarf-mittens for daughter away at university in SD and slightly homesick for FL weather, lace shawlette for my mom and a cowl for my mom.

I think next year, I'm going to be "closed for business"... lol.

GerryART said...

While I did knit a shawl for DD#2 the rest of the knits go to:
a. hubby, sox
b. me
c. me
d me
Not many in my family appreciate the time and love that goes into hand knits.
Either of these skeins of VICE would look great worked into the Pettine Shawl.
hugs
Gerry

Heather said...

Lizzy's yarns are just as amazing in person as they are in pictures. I'm only doing one holiday knit this year: a shawl for a secret Santa swap.

Debbie said...

I share your pain that those you love do not appreciate handknits! I am knitting for my sons' girlfriends and a couple of friends but shopping for the unappreciative!
Would love EITHER of these skeins!

Alex said...

Just my niece and nephew this year- I have to ration it from year to year or I'll never get done. Hehe. Love that sparkly yarn!

Marguerite said...

I love the vibrant colors of her yarn! I would definitely knit this for me.
I have 3 brothers and 3 sisters as well as parents and grandparents to knit for. Brothers get hats every year, because they don't wear scarves or mittens and I don't knit socks, particularly not for size 12 feet. :D My sisters have gotten hats in the past, but this year they're getting mittens.

Kristina said...

I already finished my holiday knitting... I thought. But, I found someone else I want to knit for, my nephew. Fortunately, he's tiny (only 4 months old), and it won't take me long to knit him a little cardigan. Otherwise, I'm doing a lot of knitting for myself. THis is the first time I've really done any knitting for myself, so I'm very excited about it.

staci said...

Gorgeous yarns!!!

I've really pared down my handmade gift list this year...my parents will both be getting socks. I've knit dishcloths that I'll send to some blogging friends. I only give teacher gifts to the elementary school teachers, and she's getting fingerless mitts :)

Zabbers said...

My holiday knitting list is still in flux...I'm trying to decide whether to knit some very small items for a few people. At this late stage, if I'm still undecided, it probably means it won't happen!

Terri said...

I crochet but do dabble with the pointy stix once or twice a year. This year, though, I do want to knit something for my 16-year-old daughter. I have found a couple of easy patterns, just have to decide which one. I love Lizzy's yarns, and she is a great lady.

KnittingViolets said...

My mother has made a birthday scarf request, but other than that I'll mostly be knitting for myself and to create inventory for a new Etsy shop I'd like to open. But I need a few things for myself first!

Pensamientos Marcianos said...

I have some commissioned knitting going on right now. And I knit for me too. Not much holiday knitting, it's summer here.

Linda H said...

My Christmas work party this year just announced the theme - blue and silver - and isn't til Jan. 20th - So I would have time to knock up a quick shawlette! I've got family and friends who do like my knitting, so - a Christmas stocking, 3 Mobius cowls, 2 hats, 2 lace cowls, and 2 pairs of thrummed socks. All but the socks are done....

Kassia said...

I'm mostly knitting for myself but have a few ideas in the works for family members (socks for my uncle, socks for my husband, legwarmers for my sister). I am not going to stress if they don't get done though-- I did that once a couple years ago and just about gave myself tendonitis trying to finish 4 hats in time for Christmas. Never again!!!


BTW gorgeous yarn.... :)

Beth said...

I'm being a selfish knitter this year. I'm a very, very slow knitter and knitting is my relaxation. The pressure of gift knitting isn't something I can cope with right now.

I checked out Vice's etsy shop...must say I LOVE her bright clear colors!

fafaknits said...

Sadly no knitting for me in november/december so no holiday knitting either! Ow well, I tend to be a selfish knitter anyway...

grandmastatus said...

Gorgeous shawlette, and I LoOoOOve the sparkly skein. This year I have been knitting Christmas gifts for just about everyone in my family. I started in January and have a ton of stuff done, but I still have about 18 or so to go. This is the year when I find out who is knit-worthy and who isn't, because I've never really knitted for anyone else before. I'm kind of scared all my hard work will go to waste, and I'm secretly wondering if I should write "if you seriously hate this please return it to me." lol

Sabrina said...

Since my family and I don't celebrate the holidays, I'm not under pressure to knit for anyone. What I like to do is work my way through a list of loved ones, at my leisure, and knit for them throughout the year. My latest was a pair of chunky socks for my dad!

Dana said...

Who am I nor knitting for ... my husband, the dog, a couple baby things for friends who have requested and so on! I need to knit faster, darn it! I would love to win a beautiful skein of yarn just for me!!! ;)

lorraine said...

i wish i was only knitting for myself im knitting for three people in my family and like last year im nowhere near done..its going to be down to the wire i think..ah!

Megan said...

I am last minute trying to get a few cowls, hats and mittens done, because I was knitting for myself ;o) Thanks for the opportunity to win!

October Rose said...

I am knitting mostly for my husband, although my brother is getting something as well, and I may knit up little lumps of coal for everyone's stockings. ;)

KnitOnePugTwo said...

I've already completed the Holiday hats for my sister's kids. And I only have two small fingerless gloves to knit as gifts for my BF's children. 3 & 4 year olds still appreciate hand knits!

katherinelynn_04 said...

I am a sucker for anything sparkly! (It can be seen in the glut of dream in color Starry that I use!) but what pretty colors! I think I would have to knit myself another pair of Seeta fingerless gloves. They show off variegated yarn perfectly with the diamond pattern (plus it's a free pattern!)

Ginger said...

I'm knitting gifts for everyone this year, but unlike last year I'm being smart (or maybe stupid) and not giving everyone the same thing in different colors (felted slippers). On the one hand I got really good at knitting the two slipper patterns I was using, but on the other knitting the same thing over and over can get pretty boring! However, I am WAY behind right now!!

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

Most of my knitting goes to charity groups. I have one friend that reallys appreciate my knitting. She wants to see everything I knit. I have knitted here several items. I am knitting my 2 nephew's wives a Butin Collar by Laura Nelkin for Christmas.. They in their 20's, maybe they will like them. This coming year is going to be knitting mostly for me. I would be very happy with either skein. They both are beautiful.

amchart said...

Just hats and mitts for the hubby and kids. It's all I want to tackle with baby #7 due on 12/22. CRAZINESS!! Rav amchart

Nicole said...

I'm knitting mainly for myself, but I'm also knitting gifts for my boyfriend, sister, and dad. Great giveaway! The sparkly blue is my favorite!

syd said...

Holy smokes, those colorways are GOR-GEOUS! We are on a crazy-tight budget this year, so I am taking on way more knitting than I will realistically be able to finish before Christmas. But I'm trying anyway! :-)

Phyllis said...

Sadly, I'm not knitting much at all right now. Just too busy. :-( I do want to make a pair of socks for my husband....

donna said...

Gorgeous yarn!!! I'm such a huge fan of Corrina's...Some months ago I recieved a beautiful shawlette from her in a Plurk swap and later when the pattern was ready she graciously sent me a copy of the pattern.
I'm wanting to knit some monster toys for my SO's little grandsons for Christmas but time is quickly slipping away from me.

knitterlydesigns said...

Right now I am knitting the Gnarled Oak cardigan by Alana Dakos published in Coastal Knits. I am not going crazy on knitting gifts this Christmas. last year did me in.

knitterlydesigns on Rav

Laura said...

I am mostly done with Christmas knitting, for mom and sisters, which is good considering that I'm on strict rest (no knitting) until my shoulder heals. That colorful skein just brightened my day!

ohdessa said...

Those yarns are both so pretty!
Last year I knit what feels like a million Christmas presents, but this year I am making only two.

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Angela said...

Just committed to a sweater for my mom but I might try to squeeze in a couple of hats if there's time!

evan said...

the yarn is beautiful. this year i am knitting for my little sister only. last year everyone got knitted gifts, including a king size blanket for my parents and it was just too much. taking it easy this year.

Brenda said...

I'm knitting only for people who appreciate it, just like you! I am knitting a shrug for my daughter in law, and a sweater for my little granddaughter (the one from the book, Phoebe's sweater). That's it!

(i am goodstuff on Rav)

Kara said...

I love both those skeins of yarn!

I'm not doing as much holiday knitting this year. I'm knitting some seriously awesome Turkish socks for my husband, and trying to find faster projects for the other people on my gift list.

Elspeth H. said...

Oh man, they both look like so much fun!

I'm throwing knit gifting out the window this year because I'm a little behind on projects, but I hope to get back in the swing of things for Christmas 2012. (with the one exception of a Ravenclaw scarf for my best friend. that shouldn't take too much time)

InJuneau said...

Oh those are lovely yarns.

I'm knitting some ruffled bottle neck sleeves for a Rav friend's holiday fundarising for Warm the Children, and I should try to finish my husband's sweater, even though I don't have a holiday deadline. The only other things I've knit/will knit are dishcloths for everyone. Oh, and I just made a cowl and coffee cozy for my aunt's birthday.

Elaine said...

So far this season, the knitting is all about me!

Heidi said...

I'm knitting for those who appreciate it most! My adorable nieces- the oldest who requested "something knitted by Aunt Dee" from Santa Clause (good taste!)-, their father who recently lost his last hat I knit him that he wore every day, my husband who loves my knitting and even my stash, and ME!
That silver yarn would make a beautiful something for me!

Mary said...

I'm knitting "Monsters" for my great nieces and nephews, 12 in all. Fingers crossed I get them all done.

I LOVE that multi-colored skein!

CeltChick said...

What colors! I'm drooling. And I'm with you on the holiday knitting--just not feeling the love. AnnBan on Ravelry

Debbie said...

I'm knitting for my hubby and my brother. I would love to win! Debbie H

Knitmish on Ravelry said...

Oh, what FANTASTIC yarn! I especially love that sparkling blue skein.
I knit a hat and cowl for my sis, and I will probably knit something for my mom while visiting my family in Germany for Christmas. Other than that I am only knitting for myself :)

Eva said...

Pretty pretty yarn :D
I'm suffering from a case of grabby hands here.
Anywho, my knitting this season is mostly for me, with a few items here and there for various family members.

Laurice said...

This year, my first knitting holiday season, I'm knitting for myself. I'm not really feeling the love from my family so if they get gifts it won't be a handknit.

Little Miss S. said...

I'm knitting for almost everyone in my family and close circle of friends. That's how I show how much I love them. Luckily I have good friends and family - they even put handmade stuff on their list of wishes.

Katie said...

I am knitting for almost everyone this year, in fact - I started my holiday knitting two months ago!

O.O When I see the silver in the yarn, I think of the night sky - I am in love!

Meg said...

That blue sparkly yarn is amazing! The multi is pretty special, too. I wasn't planning to knit any presents this year, until my grandkids saw the Roar mittens and hats. Now, I'm making 3 of each plus a hat with skulls!

Theresa said...

I'm trying to knit a lot for family members. Sad to say, some of them are projects that didn't get finished in time for last year!

Charlotte said...

right now I'm knitting a secret sock for my husband. He knows I finished the first one but has no faith in me completing the second so I'm doing it at work to surprise him.

I also have my "decoy" knitting that I'm working on at home. A "faultline" scarf for my step mother and hopefully a "who" hat for my sister in law.

Jessica Snell said...

Oh, that blue yarn looks like the night sky just as it's starting to lighten towards sunrise!

Heather J said...

Your shawl is gorgeous Corrina's patterns are always beautiful and the yarn choice is fantastic. I am knitting for everyone but me right now since I just finished me a pair of socks.

lotsofhermies on Rav

Judi A. said...

Oh is that yarn beautiful!! Love that shawl pattern, too.

In my mind is a list a mile long, both for family and friends. I guess the limit will come due to time, not due to desire.

Zowmom on Ravelry

Abbie said...

I love the rainbow in the first hank! This year I am pretty much just knitting for myself, with a small possiblity of a few gifts. Last year I whipped up some tiny snowmen ornaments at the last minute, so I may come up with something small.

Kathy said...

Yet again being introduced to a yarn I haven't heard of - I love it! I've been knitting for my mom, sister, nieces, and neighbor. Maybe next year, I'll just knit for me... :)

TopHat said...

I'm already finished with my daughter's shawl (needs blocking) and I'm making a sweater vest for my son. I also have my stocking to finish, but after that, my Christmas knitting is done!

Knittingmomma79 said...

I knit for my parents this Christmas. I am also working on a sweater for myself that will hopefully be done before Christmas!

k2ntrish said...

For myself. If I gift something knitted, it's usually something that was knitted prior to the holiday season. The sparkly blue yarn is perfect for the holidays - love the glittery effect.

Iesadora said...

I'm crocheting a blanket for my friends dad who just moved to WA and a sleep mask for my dad. Also a maple leaf & acorn garland for the fire place mantle for my mom, but thats for fall/thanksgiving not x-mas.

Sara said...

beautiful, beautiful yarns...

Knitting for myself this year...

theamiproject said...

I can't knit actually (hopefully this doesn't put me out of running for this giveaway) but I can crochet!

I have this long list of stuff I'd like to make for other people. But I guess No 1 on the list now would be a beanie for my sister. (If I don't make it for her soon, I'll go crazy from her constant bugging. :P)

dmyod said...

droolworthy yarn! I need to knit a pair of socks for my MIL, but otherwise I'm not knitting any gifts this year.

Zilliah Bailey said...

I'm knitting for my immediate family but that's it! Just a hat and socks left now...

(zilliah on rav)

Lindr said...

Basicaly, I'm knitting for whomever I have finished projects for! I have lots of ideas, and a bunch of ambition, but never enough time. So, right before Christmas, I'll look at what I've finished and decide who gets what! My sister and SO will definitely be the first ones finished, however.

Alicia said...

last year most of my immediate family received hand-knits. this year? not so much! just wasn't in the mood. i'm planning socks for my father, but i think that'll be all!

yarrrnmatey said...

I usually only knit for birthdays because they are spread through the year! I do knit for one person on Christmas and that is my Mother in Law she is amazing and raised the best son in the entire world.

mommieof4munchkins said...

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE so excited to see my name up there :D

That Chubie look amazing!

I am knitting mostly for my 4 year old as he is getting the whole Spud and Chloe Farm. I also knit 2 hats and 1 scarf for friends and hope to get a few more things done for my daughers new dolls also.

Anonymous said...

Woweeee! What fabulous yarn! I've been knitting up a storm all year for various grandchildren so I'm not doing anything for Christmas other than trying to complete a sweater for a very patient grandson. That and making a shawl for me for a special Christmas 'do'.

FelicityS on Ravelry

Denise said...

I've knit gifts for all of my family members back home in England this year, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, their kids, mom, brother in laws!!! 2012 is definitely thinner I knit for me.

Marilyn said...

I'm knitting a My So Called Scarf for my best friend. Thanks for the chance to win!

BrittanyLaine said...

I've already finished socks for my mom, and I've still got two hats to knit- one for each brother. I really try to keep it small around Christmas because I work in retail and my schedule goes crazy. Thanks for the chance to win such gorgeous yarn!!

Marlitharn said...

I'm knitting for myself this year! Got a lace shawl and a pair of socks on the needles, hopefully they'll be finished by the end of the year - I've got a lot lined up for next year!

LadyC said...

I'm knitting mostly for myself. I am knitting a hat for a friend though and am using the last of my favourite green yarn...she's worth it though!!

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

I have done some knitting this year for Christmas, mostly for my daughter and grand daughter. The rest of my knitting was done for MOI! So no huge rush to complete stuff before Christmas eve this year.
Loved to read about Vice yarn!
Rav: zenitude

windzgirl said...

The yarn is beautiful! This year, I've already knit socks for 2 of my brothers and I'm working on a pair of gloves for my mother. Luckily, she's a knitter and will understand if I wrap an unfinished project and put it under the tree!

Jade said...

Mostly knitting and crocheting for myself this year. Maybe I'll do a few Christmas toys/decorations too :)

Sandie said...

Who am I knItting for this Christmas?? Everyone!!!! Everyone is my family is getting something hand knit. I'm knitting for my Etsy shop, and I'm still sneaking in some hexipuffs here and there for my Bee Keeper Quilt for me! So yeah - everyone!

Sandie
KnitzyBlonde at gmail dot com
KnitzyBlonde.etsy.com

Sacha said...

This year I am almost done with the knitting part of Christmas, but have a lot of sewing yet to finish.... Somehow it is easier to motivate to knit

CrookedKnitter said...

I'm working on an Umaro blanket for my stepfather and I knit (but haven't seamed) a Luna Infinity Scarf for my mother. A couple cousins have asked for some small projects that if I get to, they'll get. But if I don't get to them, they'll get them eventually :o)

PS I'm drooling over that Sterling Sparkilicious!

Stephanie said...

I love both these skeins! Sport weight is my new 2011 love and who wouldn't want to knit with yarn with silver in it? I'm knitting for 3 people this year and hopefully I can finish all 3 gifts. My parents are each getting a pair of sock and my BFF is getting a Trillian (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/trillian-2) scarf. DH wants a pair of house socks (so DK or worsted weight), but those will have to wait for the new year. My parents both expressed interest in a pair of hand knit socks when I completed my 1st pair this summer, so hopefully they will love them and appreciate the MANY hours I put into creating them. (sjn821 on Rav)

sparky136 said...

I'm knitting ice scraper mitts for my nephews and fingerless gloves for their wives.

fracksmom said...

that yarn is beautiful, I have been wishing for yarn with sparkles, but the multi skein is so my colors.

i have knitted a sweater, three hats and five scarves, still have a pair of man's fingerless gloves. have some who love what I make and others who I no longer knit for.

Fracksmom on Rav

Carmen said...

I wish I had time to knit for myself. My queue is a mile long. This year I'm trying to finish a couple of pillow covers for my sister/BIL. Next year my goal is to make my husband a Norwegian sweater.

KnittyRN said...

That yarn with that pattern is amazing!! I knit a lot for others hats, cowls, and a few prayer shawls. Right now I am working on a beautiful shawl for myself and a few last minute christmas gifts!!

Kristen said...

I think my next project will be for ME! :)

ikkinlala said...

I'm only knitting for myself for the end of this year - my busiest time of year at work is in the fall, so I don't want any more commitments. I might knit for others in the new year, though.

Captain Sharmie said...

i'm knitting a couple presents for friends, but they're not christmasy, i just give them whenever i get around to them. right now i'm knitting a hat for the secretary of my program at school, he needs a little hand-knit cheer! :)

Frankly Beka said...

I'm doing an awful lot of gift knitting. Some for my sisters, some for my nieces and nephews. Lots of baby knits this year. And a personal record of 3 ME knits (almost 4). Maybe I'll get my Christmas knitting done early enough to finish annother!

2o2n said...

I´m knitting a lot for myself. It seems that I have so many things I´d like to make that I don´t have much time left to knit for others. For this x-mas I made hats for my nephew and niece and I´m going to make legwarmers for my own kids. That´s about it.

butnostephanie said...

This year i'm only knitting for persons under the age of 18 months. They don't complain, they don't regift, and they can't reach the top shelf of the closet, so i know they won't hide it up there.

Amber said...

I have the same problem - people that don't appreciate hand knits! So I'm knitting for me too.

Walk-N-Knit said...

Wow - absolutely gorgeous yarn! Especially love the multi-colored one... For Christmas, I'm knitting for my kids teachers - 2 Irish Hiking Scarves. I started doing this 4 years ago, and it's become a tradition. I figure that everyone can use another scarf, and if they don't like it, they can pass it on... I'm also making a baby blanket for my sister-in-law who is due in mid-December. If I get all that done, then I need to make some stuff for my kids, and my husband keeps asking for socks - maybe I'll get to knit for myself next June :-)

sherry said...

I am knitting 4 pairs of socks for my Hubby, two for my son and two teacher hats. If I can fit it in, I will knit a hat for the school bus driver to match her cowl:) Oh, and if I get a zipper in my son's Adams Rib sweater that would be great.
I have two sleeping hat requests which I might get out for new years.

Marianna said...

I still have high hopes to knit a few gifts--better get off the computer and back to the needles!

Susan said...

Both of those yarns are gorgeous. After knitting 6 shawls for my May wedding, I'm being selfish and knitting for myself!

stephigordon said...

Wow - lovely yarns - thanks for the chance to win! Love them both!!! I am knitting a Christmas stocking for myself and one for my husband. I finished our daughter's two years ago and had never gotten to ours. Then I will knit a hat for a cousin who has a December birthday, a hat for my mom, and possibly the fairies that Susan Anderson just designed. I am making everything else for myself (hat, shawl, sweater). Happy Holidays! Stephanie

Anonymous said...

Just me, I'm afraid. Maybe next year I'll have time to knit for others ?

Maegwin said...

Good for you not bothering with the handknits for those who won't appreciate them anyway! I'm knitting a farm set from Spud & Chloe at the Farm for my 2 year old and a sweater for her as well. I'm also knitting a pair of socks for my mom but that is it. I just don't have time this year to do things for everyone. I'd rather make a few special things.

(Maegwin on Ravelry)

K. said...

I am making the following this year:
pair of socks for my mom
earflap hat for my brother
beanie for my nephew
cowl for my sister-in-law

I'm not stuck on deadlines. If I feel like knitting something for someone, I'll give it to them whenever I get it done. So if I don't finish the above by Christmas, I'll still wrap it and give it!

Becka said...

Oh, goodness...it's a linen stitch scarf in Malabrigo Silky Merino for my super-picky sister, and a v-neck pullover in (machine-washable!) Plymouth Encore for my constantly-coffee-spilling dad. Then the Vickie Howell Topside Cardi for me, for my trip to Europe in January! I've been knitting feverishly for weeks...

Debra said...

Beautiful yarn, beautiful patterns. Would love to knit with this yarn

Sarah Bear said...

I am knitting socks for my dad, which is truly a labor of love. My sister-in-law is getting a huge, fierce, shawl, and I'm knitting and crocheting ornaments for everyone else! I'll probably have a frenzy of last-minute ideas, as well!

Lisaknits said...

I am knitting for my daughter, son and me! That is all.

Kim Mitchell (mitch3kd@gmail.com) said...

Like you, my significant other loves handknits and just raves over the socks received. My mother-in-law also raves about her socks. Everyone else really has no care for them. Too bad, more stuff for me.

My Christmas knitting is to finish a pair of socks for the babysitter, put some tassels on the scarf bound off yesterday for mom and everything else is MINE! hahahaha.

I am loving the look of the sparkly blue yarn.

thewalshfam said...

I think I'm just knitting for myself this holiday season... that is after I finish a sweater and toy for my soon to be 2 year old ;)
Katie
rnmama on rav

Jenifer said...

I am knitting only for our youngest child. He's two and a half and needs a hat! That Chubby skein is sooo vibrant. Wow!

Nanny Jean said...

I am knitting for everybody here and there. Hope I get them all done before Christmas. I have a christmas stocking .a preen hat, a pair of socks, a shawl and a cuff to cuff shug on the needles now.I love the colors of the yarn.

Jaime P said...

I'm knitting for teachers, family and friends. Of course I'm knitting for myself too..

JP said...

I would love to say I'm only knitting for myself, but I'm not. I did FINALLY start a shawlette/scarf thing for myself that's been languishing in my stash for a bout a year :D

I was supposed to knit my Teen a Watson sweater from the new Sherlock Holmes, but since I have as yet to cast on I don't think it'll be done by the holidays. So she agreed to a knit bear instead. Right after the charity scarves. And baby blanket for a coworker. And some charity hats.

Maryzona on Ravelry said...

I think the question should be who am I NOT knitting for this holiday! I seem to have gone a little overboard this year. Now if I could just back away from the computer, I might get some of it done!

Unknown said...

Last year, I knit gifts for the bfs nieces and nephews, all seven! But this year, I'm just knitting for me!

Susan J. said...

It's a mile long but lots of items are done - still need to crank out some fingerless mitts, though, and this gorgeous yarn would be perfect. Thanks!

Kate said...

I'm trying to stick to the plan I instigated last year, one hand knit gift for family members each year. It's hard because everyone in the family needs/wants new things and I want to give them. But I learned the hard way that if I start 5 or 6 projects for gifts simultaneously, no one gets a finished gift in time!

karen alho said...

Me, my bff and my daughter. Not in any particular order. It's all on the sticks. Just depends on what I feel like at the moment and whether it's time for idiot work or whether I need to concentrate. I'm with you though! If they can't appreciate it, I'm not doing the time!

sweeetpeaches said...

Beautiful yarn! I can think of things to make with each yarn.

I am making for several people and even have a few done. I am knitting for all four of my children and 2 nephews, 1 niece, and my mom. My list is longer of who I want to knit for but I will be lucky to get these done in time.

KallieKY said...

I only knit for the worthy. On my gift list this year is a lace cowl for my soon to be niece-n-law and lavendar sachets for my knitting friends (we're the Knitches). My mother (who is a wonderful knitter in her own right) will get some yummy buffalo shorty socks. I think that's it. The rest is for me.

Karla said...

I'm knitting for family, friends, and our local veterans' hospital. I knit year round for Christmas!

Unknown said...

Oh, I love that sparkly blue! So pretty!

This year I am reknitting a failed birthday gift for Christmas and maybe knitting up some mitts for another friend, if I get to it. Beyond that, I'm staying selfish :)

Cindy said...

I am knitting for myself, never get things done in time!

Alice said...

Each skein is great, and great fun, each in a different way. This holiday season I am knitting for a few people who have proved "worthy"--in that they appreciate hand knits, wear them, don't felt them--and don't know themselves. So, it's a sweater, a hat/mitts set, a scarf, and a maybe a shawl--the shawl is for me.

Turtle said...

gorgeous knits and fibers! As usual my knit list is decently sized, with two additions daughter just added that she needs by next thursday! Oh well, lots of love go into each of them.

flora said...

I'm knitting for my girls of course!

Susanne Namdar said...

Lovely yarn. I usually do not knit for anyone for Christmas, with an exception this year: a scarf in black for my son. It is progressing slowly and I may need to gift it with needles attached to finish over the holidays, ;-)
(RavID: Strickmuse)

Debonair Designs said...

Stunning yarn, especially the one with the silver sparkles :))
I have almost completed my Christmas gift knitting, hats for my sister-in-laws, mitts for mother-in-law and a surprise slouchy for my daughter, then onward with a gift for me, a hooded cardigan, a popular pattern called Vivian. Like many, I linger way too long over new patterns in wonderment . . . . off to knit now!

Busymom said...

Love the yarn! I generally don't do holiday knitting and this year is no different. no christmas deadlines for me.

Amanda said...

I've somehow decided that knitting a tall man-sized cardigan for my husband is a great idea. I've finished some wee baby things for my new niece, and we'll see how it goes when (if) I make it out the other end of this sweater exercise.

Lizzi said...

The only way to describe that yarn on the left is 'jolly'. The blue one is very sophisticated - both lovely. I am knitting for 2 grandsons and I still need to do a couple of hats for sons/sons-in-law. I am not panicking - yet!!

sekiharatae said...

I am still something of a beginner, and I joke that I'm therefore the world's slowest knitter. I have a huge queue on Ravelry, and would love to produce handmade gifts, I just don't think I could manage it. So I'm aiming small with a single pair of socks for a friend, and a dog sweater for our too-little-hair-always-freezing dog.

Geraldine said...

Both a little knitting for myself and the grandkids. I have myself fooled thinking there's oodles of time yet before Christmas...good thing they have small feet!!

LuisaM said...

I'm knitting a few little somethings for some friends.
And of course for me.

Lizbert said...

Gorgeous yarn. Christmas knitting is tricky. I've knit a ton of gifts, and I feel like I've hit the point where everyone who wants a shawl/mittens/blanket/scarf/hat has one. So I'm always keeping my eye out for some special pattern.

kristyh1981 said...

Gorgeous yarn! I think I have lots my mind with my xmas crafting this year! I have 4 teacher presents I am making (one finished), I have a commission for two doll wardrobes that I need to hurry up and finish, 2 ornaments, and 40 crocheted snowmen!!! And I still want to make something for each of my children! I see a lot of sleepless nights ahead :D

Toniatwister said...

This year I am only knitting for those who have shown the love of handknits by wearing them to death. My daughter will get socks, and a new scarf. My niece a new beret, as the one from last year is her constant companion.

Rachel R. said...

I'm only knitting one gift this year - my book club does a gift exchange, and I'm knitting some pretty red cabled mittens for our Dirty Santa party!

asteride said...

I'm knitting fast cowls for everybody in chunky mohair. Quick, very quick. Mainly for my friends and some family members.

Ertman-Trowbridge Family said...

What beautiful yarn! I have been drooling over these new yarns with silver spun into them.

My knitting Christmas list is very small this year. I just gave birth to my third daughter three weeks ago (she was six weeks early). And so, I have been very aware for many months now that knitting for Christmas presents was not going to happen this year. But I made the most adorable layette set!

Nena said...

I'm doing a few commissions, but otherwise steering away from knit/crochet gifts this year because of the havoc last year. Maybe next year I will have forgotten!

historychica said...

I'm a slow knitter, so I kept my list reasonable. Hat for a friend's baby (completed), mitts for my best friend (less than 1/4 done), and recently completed a scarf for me. Of course, if I won some yarn (like that gorgeous blue sparkly yarn) I'd have to add to my holiday queue...

mrsmouse said...

Beautiful yarn, and gorgeous pattern! Thank you for the chance to win!
This year I'm knitting only small Christmas gifts, and only for people local to me, so I didn't have to have them done in time to mail. I'm knitting the last of a pair of socks for my husband, a cable hat and arm/wrist warmers for our closest friends in the town we live, and a few tree decorations for my knitting student. I also have a baby set on the needles for a friend living in a town nearby, but she's not due until February, so I have a bit of time. As for knitting for me, I set aside January and February each year to knit just for me, no one else. (I'm mrsmouse on Ravelry)

AJ said...

Thankfully most of the knitting I had for Christmas I got a jump-start on earlier in the year, but I'm finishing up mittens for my boss and socks for my mum. Otherwise, I'm rushing t finish baby projects before various babies are born!