I think it’s a pretty well known fact that I don’t knit for Christmas. There’s too much other stuff like cooking and baking and entertaining cutting into my knitting time and I just don’t see the need to put that kind of extra stress on myself. However, every rule has an exception and I think this year I may have found the inspiration for the exception to my rule in Sean Riley’s digital book Holiday Gifts.
Sean, a talented knitter and designer and all around great guy, has pulled together 6 designs for the holidays. There are Christmas stockings that are classic and elegant, there is a Challah cover which, for my purposes would be great for the cardamom bread on Christmas morning, there are a couple of cowls and a pair of mittens. I have to admit, the mittens – appropriately called Solstice Mittens – are my favorite design in the collection. They are knit up in Madeline Tosh Pashmina so you know they will be wicked soft and they have a really unique two color cuff design that I love. If I’m being totally honest these mittens probably won’t be a Christmas gift at all but rather a lovely winter accessory for my own hands.
You can purchase the designs separately but honestly, for $15 it’s more economical – and fun! – to buy the entire collection. The photographs are beautiful, the patterns are well written and there are several variations on some of the patterns, too. And now – here’s the most fun part – Sean has generously offered to send a digital copy of this book to one lucky reader of today’s blog post. To enter, just leave a comment telling me what your plans are for Christmas knitting. The contest will be open until midnight on Friday, October 25th.
It’s not even Halloween yet – there’s till plenty of time to get your Christmas knitting done! Start with Sean’s book, Holiday Gifts.