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T’was the week before Christmas

If you’re still knitting gifts for Christmas, good on you.  But I’m afraid that I have some unwelcome news.

You have just about a week before Christmas is officially here.

I’ve got faith in you that you can make it- you’re a knitter, after all, and knitters Get. It. Done.

But, if you’re a knitter who has to make a lot of gifts in a short amount of time, well, might I recommend one (or two… they’re small) of these little patterns.  They all take less than 50 yards of yarn, which means they should work up pretty quickly.

Plus, they’re totally cute!

I love these tiny, adorable long-johns (complete with butt-flap).  They look a little bit fiddly, but, man, they’re cute.  They’d make a really sweet little Christmas ornament (especially if you bent a bit of wire into a teeny-tiny hanger).

Little Long Johns by Susan B. Anderson
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If your recipient is more of a “classy Christmas” type of person and less of a “butt-flaps are funny” type of person, I think these little wreaths are just darling. (Ugh… they’re so fancy that they turned me into a person who says things are “just darling.”  That’s real fancy.)

Holiday Wreath Ornament by The Big String
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And these little guys are just straight-up cute.  They’re somewhere between Dr. Seuss and the kind of window displays you might see at a really nice department store in New York.  I kind of want a tree covered in trees.  How cute would that be?

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If you’re still working on your Christmas knitting, good luck!  You’ve got this!  If you’re done (or just not bothering, like me), congratulations!  Sit back and have a cup of hot cocoa.

Are you making any gifts this year?

Inspiration: Small Projects

I feel like I’ve been working on giant, slow projects for the last three months.  My cable sweater is just about done (finally).  And, I’ve been working on a couple secret projects (designs that aren’t quite finished yet), and they’re all HUGE!  I guess I just have a thing for oversized sweaters, blankets, and anything that takes more than a dozen skeins of yarn. And, I’m thinking my Ravellenic Games project is going to be pretty big, too!

But sometimes you just want to knit something quick.  Something fun and easy.  And since I’m not “supposed to” be spending my knitting time on fun little things, let’s look at adorable pictures instead.  (OK, I might take a break this afternoon and make up a tiny something… don’t tell my boss.)

These tiny bunnies are too cute.  I love their two-tone fur, and their teeny pink noses.

Dutch Rabbits by Rachel Borello CarrollIMG_8726_medium2[1]Little House on the Prairie was one of my favorite books when I was a kid, and these Half-Pint inspired mini mitten bookmarks are too perfect for words.  (Pa called Laura “Half-Pint,” which in my opinion is the sweetest pet name in the world.)  I usually read on my kindle or listen to audio books, but I think I still might need a pair of these mittens.

Half Pint Mittens by Susan B. Anderson1427650926147_medium[1]And, these bracelets are so cool!  I’m not really a bracelet person (I feel like they get in the way), but I might knit up a handful of these beauties.  So simple, and such a great way to use up those pretty leftovers that you can’t bear to get rid of.

easy knitted bangle by Ambah O’Brienbangels_8_medium[1]What do you make when you want some instant gratification?

Inspiration: Waiting In Line

PAX is officially here!  Woo Hoo!  It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year.   We’ve got a whole bunch of friends that spend the weekend with us (this year, we’re hosting 10 people! Eep!), and we’re going to spend the weekend trying new video- and board-games, eating terrible convention center food and staying up way too late.  It’s going to be a blast!

Although, the one thing that is less than awesome about PAX is the lines.  All the best talks have long lines, and wasting all that time makes me want to pull my hair out.  So, what can I work on while I’m waiting in line?

I’ve got 3 criteria for a perfect waiting-in-line project:

1. It’s got to fit in my purse.

2.  It’s got to be a pattern that is easily memorized, especially if it has lots of stockinet or garter stitch.

3.  It’s got to be pretty and fun (as always)!

Let’s see what I can find:

Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho

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Camp Out Fingerless Mitts by tante ehm

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Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

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