Christmas at the Marino home was a delight. The kids received electronics, concert tickets, magazines, and pajamas. Cookies were eaten, champagne was toasted, and then it was over... As an avid knitter, of course I hoped for knitting gifts this year. And the kids came through! No coffee mugs, no candles, no DVDs - knitting books! And the Mr. came through with a Kindle! So cool.
The first book is 60 Quick Knits, published by the makers of Cascade Yarns. Every pattern features Cascade 220 worsted wool. There are hats, scarves and mittens in snazzy color combos and updated versions of traditional designs. Since 220 is a worsted weight yarn, everything knits up quickly. I've made mittens from this book, and know a couple of people who own and love the book already. I'll have to wait a little, though, as it's still on order. :(
Second is Punk Knits by Sharon Ross. The author is a punk music artist herself, and views creating her own garments as a way to side step the establishment and make her own statement. That's fine with me! There are 26 projects in the book with edgy details and a ton of attitude. I always tell the kids to tell me what they'd like me to make and I'll be happy to make it. I'm sure it won't be long until the kids are placing requests for these punk knits.
Alli, my youngest, has recently taken a serious interest in what I knit. She doesn't knit herself, but this morning she was poring over pattern books and suggesting color combinations and traditional motifs for an ear flap hat she wants. She does this kind of designing in her head, leaving me to find the right yarns and generate the patterns. Who knows? Maybe we have another great knitwear designer in the making. I'll be happy to be her sample maker!