home (knitting) for the holidays

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by this point, most of us are ready to curl up with a relaxing project, definitely something cozy that has no deadline. and once again, sixth&spring books comes through to provide inspiration. knitting at home by leanne prouse is a collection of accessories, toys, and wearables for the home, all knit in the very affordable ella rae yarn line.

most projects are simple in their constructions, but many feature lovely embellishments, such as embroidery and beading to add some sparkle—really, there is something for everyone’s taste here . . .

from the purely ornamental (but necessary, yes?) to the highly functional. there’s bound to be something you’ll want to make.

the book is packed with the expected number of pillow and blanket projects, some designed solely with comfort and simplicity in mind and others, more elaborate.

i love this classic throw—so usable, yet rich.

there is a bevy of possibilities for small projects that make perfect hostess gifts, or last minute birthday remembrances—things you could whip up in no time that make a lovely impression

very few wearables are included, but those represented are the epitome of homey comfort—an easy sweater/jacket/bathrobe

or a pair of socks fit for a lazy afternoon and evening at home

there is a great section of toys and accessories for kids

my very favorite are these felted boots—in my experience, when it comes to handknits, kids get as excited about useful gifts as they do about toys. i want a pair myself!

so cool and a thoughtful gift when visiting family, to keep children smiling and endear them to you as a visitor on their terrain.

many of these items would be welcome gifts for an expecting family as well—the baby blankets included are lovely, yet simple to create.

there are even a number of crochet pieces, for those who enjoy switching it up now and then.

and here’s the best part—sixth&spring would like to treat one of you to a copy of knitting at home. if you’d like to get in the drawing, leave a comment at the end of this post some time before 9 pm EST on sunday, december 26th. i’ll announce the winner early next week.

i’m still furiously knitting on my big christmas gift for david, but nearly done. i finished the body last night before it was time to watch TV.

and worked on the second sleeve while visiting with james and diana yesterday and also while watching TV last night—i’m almost to the underarm bindoff. however, i need to spend most of today cooking with beckie, so i’m still not positive when i’ll finish. and to make matters worse, my yarn supply is dangerously low—i’ve rounded up all my various swatches in readiness for possible cannibalizing to finish the last sleeve or knit the neck edging. this was SO not what i expected to be worrying about at the 11th hour!

the sleeve cap should go relatively fast; i’m bringing it along to beckie’s so i can work on it while food bubbles and boils. (we’re also planning on skype-ing kim sometime this afternoon, haha!)

hopefully, i can finish that sleeve today, so that i can seam it all up tonight when we get home. and there’s always tomorrow morning—this is when i’m grateful that david is a very late sleeper. i’ll probably have until mid-afternoon to finish up any last details (provided i have enough yarn, heh).

please, remind me next year not to go down this road??

well, happy, merry, christmas to all—i’ll be back tomorrow with a quick christmas post that’ll be sure to light up your holiday!

237 thoughts on “home (knitting) for the holidays

  1. Great book review – thanks for highlighting it. Would definitely make a great addition to my library!
    And I love that grey sweater you’re knitting!

  2. The sweater is looking gorgeous! I LOVE the way the cables un-twist to make a ridge around the neck. I will remember that trick…

    Merry Christmas to you and David! Have a fabulous holiday.

  3. Wow … this book is awesome! I love to crochet and knit; usually have a project of each going at all times. 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity to receive it.

    Merry Christmas … Happy New Year!!

  4. We are late rising here too–three teenagers who won’t be seen before noon–and thank goodness for that because I’m still wrapping! Hope you have a lovely holiday and looking forward to your Christmas day post….and BTW my knitting library is asking for that book for Christmas 😉

    cheers, Barbie O.

  5. I would love that wonderful book. Those pillows and throws are beautiful. Everything is so down home. What would I knit first. Thank you for showing us this lovely book. Darrell

  6. And a very Merry Christmas to you, too! Thank you for your blog – always interesting reading, full of interesting projects. Such a lovely book!

  7. Merry Christmas!!! Thanks for the book review and the opportunity to win it. Hope you accomplished your sweater goal!!!!!


  8. What a lovely book! I think the fact that they are choosing modestly priced yarns is wonderful..

  9. I got the book from the library and loved it. It would be a great addition to my knitting library.

  10. Thank you for a chance at that lovely book with its luscious projects.
    Merry Christmas to you all.
    Sure would love to see the sweater on David.

  11. We must have the same tastes…I, too, love that throw. And those boots! How cute can you get??!! Merry Christmas to you and David. Hope you have enough yarn to finish his sweater.

  12. That looks definitely better than the run of the mill “home decor, small gift” book – I see at least three projects I would enjoy doing.

    Hope you and David are having the most wonderful of Christmas days.

  13. What a super collection! I just love those birds – they would make beautiful Easter gifts for my class…

    I’ll have to look into whether I can get this book in the UK!

  14. Yes, here’s to a New Year with no knitting deadlines. 🙂 A couple of your patterns are at the top of my list. Merry Christmas!

  15. I discovered your blog recently but it has quickly become one of the three blogs I check daily. I find it entertaining and informative and it makes me feel that my knitting obsession is not over the top after all! Keep up the good work. I hope you had a fabulous Christmas/Solstice celebration with your loved ones.

  16. David’s sweate is looking so warm and cozy. I’m hoping you make it with enough yarn and can’t wait to see it finished with pics of him wearing it.
    The book looks great and if I don’t win one, I’ll be putting it on my must buy list.

    Merry Christmas to you and David with many more joyeous ones to come.

  17. What a lovely book! If only I could be flipping through the pages tonight as it begins snowing on this wonderful Christmas night. I wish you and David a very Merry Christmas!

  18. What a great book! I have been having urges to knit some items for our home.

    Also, I have faith – the sweater will be finished on time – it always is.

    Happy Holidays!

  19. Thank you for making the book available to one lucky reader. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I enjoy your blog and patterns and find inspiration in all that share with us here.

  20. What a neat book! I think I will check it out regardless… we have a new baby on the way at work and I love the baby blanket pattern.

  21. The book looks lovely….and I have a set of twins coming into the family next spring, so it looks like a must have! David’s sweater is beautiful, can’t wait to see the end results! Merry Christmas.

  22. That’s a nice-looking book!!
    And I hope that you and David are having a terrific Christmas!!

  23. I’m sure David has opened his gift by now. It looks like a beautiful project.
    I’d love to own a copy of this book. Just what a person would need to unwind with after the holidays.

  24. What an awesome prize! Thanks for the contest!

    I’m sure David liked his present, and I look forward to the pictures with him.

    Merry Christmas!

  25. What a beautiful book. Nice cozy projects that make a person want to pick up the needles and snuggle on the couch in front of a fire.
    Merry Christmas!

  26. Wonderful book – thanks for posting all those pictures. If I’m not picked to get it, I will certainly be looking for that book at my LYS. I’ve been eying afghan patterns lately and there are a couple in there that are intriguing from looking at the pictures.

    Hope you post a picture of David in that gorgeous new sweater. Cables and ribs certainly do “eat” yarn, don’t they? Still, I have faith that you had enough yarn yesterday to finish, and in time.

  27. What an interesting sounding book! Knitted gifts this year were so well received that I’m ready to start ahead for next year, and I see lots of ideas here. Thanks for sharing your neighbor’s lights – what fun! Wishing you a wonderful new year.

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