Knitted Gifts for the Holidays

Glühwein Cowl

Every time I knit something for myself, eventually someone will ask me where I got it, if I made it and tell me that they love it. This usually ends in me giving it to them. This year I have decided to make knitted gifts for friends and family… on purpose.

I’m loving this pattern, Gluhwein. It combines my love of knitting with bulky yarn and my lack of attention span to knit large projects. It has a beautiful diamond pattern combing knit and purl textures. I can’t wait to see how the finished product turns out.

Do you make homemade gifts for the holidays? I’d love to hear all about your craftiness!

xo Katie

A Vow to Destash

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I’ve recently come to a realization that I have a yarn problem. My problem is that I purchase yarn with no intention for it. I see yarn and I’m all like, “OOOOH squishy, soft, must-have it!” When I first started knitting, approximately 10 years ago, I didn’t know much about yarn or that there is a difference in yarn types. I really thought the extent of yarn was what you would find at AC Moore or Michael’s. I didn’t know there were such things like Local Yarn Stores (LYS) or better quality yarns. I bought A LOT of cheap, acrylic yarn and was none the wiser.

As the years went on, I discovered nicer yarns and just bought up what I wanted without projects in mind. Needless to say 10 years of collecting yarn, grew into quite a stash. I decided to stop buying new yarn, go through and donate as much as I could handle getting rid of, and knit it all up until I was down to half of what I had before.

I went through several bins of yarn and managed 2 garbage bags full of yarn to donate. I’ve also started making several different types of dishcloths to use up my extensive cotton stash to sell in my Etsy shop (nothing currently up for sale). It feels good to get serious about knitting and crocheting again. I put it by the wayside after Lachlyn was born and didn’t do much at all.

Here’s to crafting more often and using up resources already on hand!

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xo Katie