Oklahoma City knitters are beginning to think about knitting for the holidays! Carrie, a long-time employee of Gourmet Yarn Company, confirms, “In the last two weeks, customers have begun inquiring about Christmas projects to start right away.” As if on cue, the Metropolitan Library System has acquired three new knitting books during August, and all have great ideas for holiday gifts, decorations, or both.
Knitted Christmas balls
Sure to be in big demand is 55 Christmas Balls to Knit: Colorful Festive Ornaments. This book features one basic pattern for a simple but beautiful Christmas ornament. Then, the authors, Norwegian design team Arne and Carlos, showcase 55 variations on that simple pattern. These variations include designs of almost everything imaginable to celebrate the holidays–snowflakes, angels, reindeer, and more. Some designs feature religious motifs, rich with symbolism. Others are more fanciful. The designs can be knitted or embroidered.
The authors encourage experimentation with various yarns, so Oklahomans need not make a special effort to shop for one particular brand of yarn. The one rather difficult item for these Christmas balls, however, is stuffing. The authors prefer wool batts rather than any other type of stuffing. Of course, knitters can certainly experiment with polyester fiber stuffing.
More on those wool batts
For those who wish to experiment with wool for stuffing, L&B Yarn Company in Norman stocks some wool. According to co-owner, Leslie North, if customers place orders, L&B generally can stock the needed wool. For those in the north part of the metro area, a trip to Weavery at Indian Meridian near Guthrie (phone 405-822-8927) might be in order. Owner Donna carries a wide assortment of wool batts, spinning fibers, and some raw wool, including some from her own ranch. Donna comments, “I always have wool in stock and would be happy to assist a customer in choosing an appropriate fiber for a specific project.” Suitable wool is often available at Sealed with a Kiss in Guthrie as well.
For those who are outside the metro area, Sweetie Wray’s in Watonga carries a surprising inventory of wools and other natural fibers for spinning, weaving, crochet, and knitting. Some wools and alpaca are Oklahoma-grown.
For the metro area knitter who really wants to knit a novelty item, or for someone whose grandchildren love to play kitchen, grocery store, or restaurant, Knitted Vegetables: Twenty to Make just might fit the bill.
British crafting expert, Susie Johns, introduces this collection of tasty knitted nutrition. Carrots, asparagus, artichokes, and more, all with full-color photographs and clear instructions. This is a British publication–aubergines not eggplants, courgettes not zucchinis–but the publisher had an international audience in mind. Measurements and needle sizes are given in metric and imperial units.
The book is definitely worth a trip to the library for the adventurous OKC knitter!
Laidback knitting for holidays or anytime
Part knitting book, part philosophy book, 10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters: A Guide to Holistic Knitting, Yarn, and Life is very enjoyable. This volume invites a reader to reflect and gather information. Authors Vicki Stiefel and Lisa Souza offer ten tips to make knitting and life a joyous experience.
The book includes patterns that allow a knitter to make use of the “ten tips.” Each pattern is rated for difficulty according to a rather amusing scale devised by the authors. These ladies are even brave enough to comment on that long and hard-fought battle between knitters and crocheters as to which is best! Spoiler here–they like both!
This book is sure to offer some inspiration for knitting during the holidays or anytime.
Why not visit the library soon and find the inspiration to start a project? And, for those who find they simply must hae their own copy of one or more of these books, (and that could be quite a few) 55 Christmas Balls to Knit is in stock at Gourmet Yarn Company in northwest Oklahoma City. All three can be ordered from Full Circle Bookstore.
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