Summer is the perfect time to work on holiday gifts or seasonal decor. These Wee Jolly Elves knit up in an evening or two and are rather addicting. I made at least a dozen last winter in assorted colors and sizes. They are a great way to use up leftover yarn and we have a few kits at the shop.
I am working on a pair of Stay-On Baby Booties using Yakatoa by Wonderwool. This locally dyed yarn is a blend of Superwash Merino, Yak and Nylon in a fingering/sock weight. Knitted flat and seamed, this well written pattern by Churchmouse (on Ravelry) is a quick project for an intermediate knitter.
Have you heard of Project Linus? It is a non-profit organization that helps to provide security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gift of new, handmade blankets and afghans. In 2016 the York County PA Chapter of Project Linus delivered over 2000 blankets to local hospitals, shelters and social service agencies. More information can be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ProjectLinusYork).
Uncommon Threads is now a Drop-Off Location for this amazing group. Donated blankets can be knit, crocheted or sewn with non-wool yarn or fabric, free of smoke and contact with pets, and at least 36″x36″ in size.
With 5 weeks until the official start of winter, it is time to knit something to keep you warm in the cold days to come. These easy projects also make great holiday gifts. I have knitted and gifted most of these patterns in recent years.
Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone by Purl Soho
All Washed Up by Jill Arnush
Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood
Your First Fingerless Gloves by Kristen McDougall