Sooner than you’d think (plus giveaway)

I think yesterday may have been the last really hot day of summer.  Which is actually rather excellent timing, as I am well and truly sick of hot weather.  Now, that doesn’t quite mean I’m ready for woolly sweaters (actually no, that’s a lie, I’m totally ready for snow and wool and thick socks and blankets, but I know everyone will throw things if I say it too loudly).  But it does mean it may just possibly be time to start thinking about winter knitting.

I’m actually something of a rarity among knitters. I don’t do Christmas knitting.  None at all.  Scandalous but true.  But, while I absolutely will not under any circumstances knit you a Christmas present, every now and then I do fall under the sway of Christmas-y knitting…like maybe some tiny adorable ornaments.

Collection of knitted hat ornamentsThese are pretty much cute enough to make it past even my impressively strict ‘no Christmas stuff’ filter.   I have a soft spot for small projects (these take about 30 yards each, not counting the tassel), and love using them to play with fiddly techniques (yes, teeny tiny twisted cables, no I’m not even a little bit sorry).

Knitted hat ornament, shugaBecause really, how could you be sorry for that.

Knitted hat ornament, nilasI’m pretty sure you should actually be pleased with that.

Knitted hat ornament frazilI’m also pretty sure I’m going to give in and need human-sized versions of these somewhere down the road, but that’s not the sort of thing I’m sorry for, either!  In the meantime, if you find you might just possibly need to make one for yourself, they’re in Adorn, the new book of ornaments out from the good folks over at Knit Picks.

Adorn cover ebookIt comes in both electronic and paper versions, and it’s full of all sorts of adorable things.  I’ve got two of the paper books to share with you guys, just in case you might want to make something of your own!  Just leave a comment telling me your stance on Christmas knitting (no way? every year? there’s no wrong answer).

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, September 11, 2015 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick  winners, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send books their way.  Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner).  If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.  Sorry, but I can only ship physical prizes to US addresses.