Alternate Post Title: Shameful Gift Admissions. Winter accessories are a popular Christmas gift, but hand knits are a bit more luxurious and a lot more full of love. However, knitting generally does not fall into the last minute gift category - a fact I repeatedly forget. Take, for example, these gloves that I wanted to give to my Grandma the Christmas before last, but I didn't finish until nearly Halloween.
Luckily, my Grandma is a very patient women. This Ringwood pattern from Knitty is perfect for gifting because the stitch pattern is extremely stretchy. I knit the smallest size for my grandma because she has small hands, but long fingers. The stitch stretched so much that they fit my big ol' hands, too! These were knit in some gorgeous alpaca yarn that I picked up from a farm in upstate New York the morning of the wedding of some dear friends. I'd been waiting for a special project to use it and this was it!
You think 10 months is a long wait? I finally gave this scarf to my brother 3 years after I started it (and made the mistake of telling him about it!). This Binary scarf spells out his initials in case he looses it around other nerds. The scarf is knit in the round, which means that there is no "wrong" side. However, it also means that you are basically knitting two scarves - so start now!
Okay, have I scared you yet? Don't worry, there are plenty of knit gifts you can knock out in just a few nights. This R2D2 hat is a great gift for any Star Wars lover in your life. I finished this in a few nights while watching TV. Hat patterns are abundant and can be customized to any recipient., so they make great gifts. The mushroom hat up above was my first-ever knit hat and Kevin still wears it (at least when I'm around).
Previous editions of Christmas in July can be found here and here.
p.s. If you want more details about my knitting habits, let's be friends on Ravelry!