Like a broken record, I tell everyone who'll listen that "I don't knit gifts." My golden knitting rule. So what is it about family that makes me to throw it all out the window. Ho, ho, ho!
Why no gifts? Because that implies a 'be-done-by" date. Which means that, rather than knitting because I want to, I'm knitting because I have to. And stuff I have to do becomes a task rather than a treat. Hence, knitting becomes a task rather than a treat. Which would be tragic. Therefore, I do not knit gifts. Except when a sweet grandchild, or much loved niece is involved. Damn! They got me again.
My two nieces, Emily (freshman in college) and Olivia (high school junior) are responsible for my falling off the no-gifts wagon this year. Teens are kinda tough to shop for. But teenage girls love to shop, and they always appreciate (and ask for) gift cards to their favorite stores. Starbucks, Sephora, Amazon, . . . there's an endless list of places and stuff they can truly use. But a gift card is such a boring, easy, not much thought required gift. So what if it were wrapped in a hand-knit accessory? Now that'd be special. As I was putting some lovely chunky Tundra (Baby Alpaca, Merino and Silk) on the store shelf, the idea hit me - I could make something for the nieces with this, and it would go perfectly with a gift card. And, I could play with some pretty string. Win, win!!!
The Fibre Company recently released a set of accessory patterns using 1-2 skeins of Tundra, designed with simplicity and gift giving in mind. The Tundra Foundations Collection, made up of 4 simple patterns - cowl, a pair of fingerless mitts, and 2 hats. Perfect! And yes, fast. I finished Emily's Garter Stitch Cowl in less than 24 hours. Big needles, big yarn, ya know. If you're looking for a super speedy, special little something to go with a gift card, this is it. What a great excuse to indulge in a favorite pass time. Shopping at the mall or staying home to knit? Hmmm. Guess its OK, occasionally, to abandon my golden knitting rule.