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Get ready for the holidays with Interweave Knits Gifts!

Oct 18, 2010
Fleur-de-Lis and Cearnog Pincushions by Tammy Eigeman Thompson
Houndstooth Mittens by Lauren Osbourne
I-Cord Headband by Hana Jason with Short-Row Flowers by Katya Frankel
Fruit Basket Hats by Jennifer Samsell







Lady Tea Towel by Courtney Kelley
A note from Kathleen: Every year I look forward to Interweave Knits Gifts. I actually use it to plan my gift-giving, and this year's issue has so many great ideas that I think I have more gift ideas than people to give them to!

There are so many beautiful patterns in this year's
Gifts; I can't stop thinking about the darling pincushions (at left) and the beautiful lace cotton hand towel (at right). I love the idea of the towels in a guest bathroom; so decorative and useful! And the pincushions are so fabulous—I have several sewist friends who will absolutely love them.

Gifts has both small, quick-to-knit designs and larger, more complex designs—whatever your level of expertise and time available allows, you'll find something that suits the people on your list.

Interweave Knits Gifts is actually a gift itself; one you can give to yourself (and with so many patterns, it's truly the gift that keeps on giving). Here's Eunny Jang to preview the issue for you. Enjoy!

Interweave Knits Gifts 2010

This was the year of labors of love.

Rather, this was the year I did everything the hard way. I handquilted every inch of a quilt for some just-married friends. I canned a bushel each of tomatoes, peaches, and pears, and made all our own jams and jellies for the winter. I sewed dress shirts for my partner. We made croissants by hand—more than once. We built new beds for the garden and took out hundreds of square feet of sod with shovels and trowels.
I briefly entertained the idea of making sheets. That's when we knew I'd officially gone round the bend. Living a wholly handmade life is philosophically pleasing, I suppose, but doing it without perspective doesn't work very well with anything resembling normal human priorities.

I'm back to living life reasonably, making things once in a while with thought and care, rather than all the time just because.

I think every knitter understands the desire intimately, though—the idea that a thing is worth making by hand. The reasons are never simple; sure, it might be cheaper or easier to get exactly what you want if you make it yourself, but there are also complex overlapping layers to being a maker. You're enjoying the process; you're learning something; you're rejecting disposable consumer culture; you're communing with generations of knitters before you; you're adding beauty to the world with your own two hands.

Everyone's reasons are different. But we all know that pure, elemental drive; the idea that something made with love has value and meaning.

In this fifth issue of Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts, we've collected over sixty ideas for things to knit for and give to friends, family, and yourself. We've stocked the pages with everything from quick, simple bagatelles to intricate treasures for special folks—bright pops of color ("Many Hued"), knits for cozy spaces ("Handmade Home") lovely vintage lace ("The Lacemaker") superwarm accessories ("Cozy 101"), fast knits in big yarns ("The Elements of Knitting"), mix-and-match projects to customize ("Metamorphoknit"), pretty toys ("Child's Play"), and clever takes on classics ("Free-form Warm"). We've got ideas for crafting with yarn ("Knitspirations") and our annual gift roundup ("Gifts for Knitters"). Grab your needles and a special yarn and get inspired to knit, give, and get.

As for me and my year of inconvenient living? It's going out in one final bang—I'm making a cycling sweater for my partner, he of the 42-inch chest and extra-long torso. Jumperweight Shetland wool, size 3 needles, dark gray ribbing all over. It's the least interesting knitting imaginable. I'm very glad to be doing it.

A labor of love.

Check out the preview, get your copy of Interweave Knits Gifts, and get started on your own hand-crafted gifts for the ones you love.

Happy knitting and giving,



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Barbara Bobo wrote
on Nov 19, 2010 6:00 AM

LOVED the idea of the coffee cup cozy.  I was knitting these a few years ago at our LYS. They work just as great on cold drinks....I made mine for iced tea glasses I use at the cottage in the yarn?.... I knitted mine out of strips of my favorite old "T" shirts...and made matching place mats.  If you have teenagers that just cannot part with their shirts..or a friend, here's an idea you can both love.

Why not carry the recycling idea even further.  I made a prom purse once out of a Wal Mart bag  cut in strips and the same idea could make the iced drink cozy even more of a green statement!  It would insulate  both the drink and your hands..and make reusing some of these bothersome plastic bags more fun. My mother crochet a bath mat out of dry cleaner bags back in the 60's and it is still going strong.

ALA wrote
on Oct 20, 2010 9:31 AM

VJB, the cover price is $14.99 and the quarterly Knits cover price is $6.99, so it's barely over double the price. There are more than 60 projects, while the regular Knits usually has between 20 and 25, so, yes, it's approximately triple the content. And it's all new content. Go take a look at it before you decide! Just looking at the preview, I think this is the best Gifts issue they've done yet!

VJB wrote
on Oct 19, 2010 11:53 AM

I have two questions:

- the cover price is almost three times the price of the quarterly "non-special" issues. Is there almost three times as much articles and projects as in the non-special issues?

- does this contain all new articles and projects?

I'm a long-time fan of IK, but I really dislike the whole "special issue" thing unless it's the value that normal IK issues are. Assuming that the responses to my questions are negative, I'd be much more likely to purchase this if it were a book at the same price.

Thanks. vj

on Oct 18, 2010 4:02 PM

Sorry, Korinthe! I've seen "sewist" in lots of sewing magazines lately, so I think it's a coming trend.

I'm glad you like the pincushions.

Korinthe wrote
on Oct 18, 2010 11:54 AM

Those are indeed lovely pincushions, and I'll be running out to buy the issue just to make them!

But I won't be giving them to any sewists, any more than I would give sneakers to a joggist or yarn to a knitist. The word is SEWER. (We're all smart enough to figure out "produce", "wound", and "refuse" when seen in writing... "sewer" is no different.)