Emergency Knits – Last Minute Gift Ideas (Christmas Countdown Day 7)

I may have bragged a little about having all my Christmas knitting finished recently. That was rude of me. I apologize.

To make up for that insensitive commentary (heehee), I offer the following ideas for quick last minute knits.

“Last minute?” you ask.

Yes, Dear. One week of December is already gone. This is “last minute” for a knitter. It may be that you will have to set that fingering weight afghan aside for next Christmas and work on something that you actually have a chance of finishing before the New Year. But I digress…..

Since today is the seventh day in our countdown, here are seven things that I would knit if I still needed to knit a gift… which I don’t… because I am done….

Sorry. I couldn’t resist. Okay, here we go!

198 Yards Of Heaven

A triangular shawlette knit in a largish gauge with an easy to remember lace pattern. You may remember that I have knit this shawl. Loved it.


Don’t have the patience for lace? How about another shawlette, also knit at a large gauge, this time with a warm Stockinette stitch body that is sure to fly off the needles.

Turkish Bed Socks

Socks are a bit daunting this late in the game, but what if one just skipped knitted leg and cuff? This is a quick knit that I would definitely wear. That reminds me – these need to go in my Ravelry queue.

Growing Leaves Cowl

I am a sucker for leaves, and this cowl has plenty.

Bunny Nuggets

The kids are sure to love these, and anything else by Rebecca Danger for that matter. Bonus – I bet these knit up faster than it takes to decide which color to use.


I have knit this pattern twice, and I still love it. From CO to BO it took one evening. Bonus – looks great in Malabrigo Rasta. (You know you’ve been wanting to try some of that…)

The LeLe Baby Hat

Lastly, for the littlest one on your knitting list: (it almost makes me want to have another baby it is so cute!)

So, there you go. No more procrastinating now, Ladies and Gents. Get knitting! 🙂

All of the photos above were taken from the linked Ravelry project page.

The Clause

I bought yarn this week.

It was totally legal, thanks to the clause.

And, I quote: “1. If, when planning Christmas gifts, I cannot find the right yarn for the gift in my stash, I may buy the yarn required.”

Okay, okay. It isn’t for a Christmas gift. But, it is for a gift. And I honestly and truly did not have the yarn for this gift.

That, my friends, is a pile of Palette from Knit Picks (bark, lipstick, almond, salsa heather and forest heather).

And, here is the story….

When I was making that cute little elephant top for the new baby, my dad was here visiting. He was somewhat impressed with my colorwork skills and quickly put in a request for a hat for his birthday. He described what he wanted – earflaps, pointy crown, lots of colorwork, some deer – and so after he left, I hit Ravelry, looking for the perfect pattern.

It isn’t there. But I found one that should work with some tweaking.

I have until his birthday in July, but when I realized that I was going to have to buy yarn, well…

Knitting Poetry, the Third

From Me to You

I made this little thing for you

With two sticks and some string

I worked on it for quite some time

It’s a very special thing


Choosing a pattern took awhile

But I finally found the one

It spoke of you and begged to be

Given to you when it was done


The yarn is precious and very soft

No acrylic for you, my dear

If you take care and treat it right

It will last you many a year


But, do not fear to put it to use

Enjoy it all the more

I would rather see it worn threadbare

Than forgotten in your drawer


This gift of love from me to you

Is more than yarn in knots

In every stitch there is the thought

“I love you lots and lots!”