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Archive for December 5th, 2012


Make Great, Quick Holiday Gifts: 12 Knit & Crochet Patterns Requiring Only 1 or 2 Balls

December 5th, 2012

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There’s still plenty of time left to knock out handmade projects for those on your holiday gift list.  There’s even time to knit or crochet some of these items for upcoming Hannukah gifts.  So, to help you make some crafting decisions, I have included a round up of some of our fast finish patterns suitable for men and women.  Since these projects require either one or two balls, they’re extremely portable – allowing you to knit or crochet on the go!

1 ball hat


Crochet Family of Beanies
Home Team Hat
Crochet Home Team Hat
Knit Solstice Hat
Knit Solstice Hat

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Holiday Creeps

December 5th, 2012

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I’ve noticed that in December knit and crochet types divide naturally into two camps:

  1. Those who have finished their gift-making.
  2. Those who have not.

If you’re in Camp One, congratulations. You might want to keep quiet.

If you’re in Camp Two, what are you doing reading this? Have you looked at the calendar?

The calendar is looking at me, because I’m in Camp Two. I am always in Camp Two. I have standing reservation for a Lakeside Cabin with En Suite Bath in Camp Two.

It’s my own fault. Each year, in early summer, I lay out a plan. I decide who is going to get knitted gifts, and what they’re going to get. My plan looks something like this:

Mom: Scarf 
Dad: Hat
 
Tom: Hat

Notice that this is a short list of small projects. I do not propose to knit lace shawls for the mail carrier, the mechanic, and all the bartenders who have flirted with me during the previous fiscal year. Two hats and a scarf, to be completed by Thanksgiving. A novice could pull that off and still have time for matching mittens.

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