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Bella's MittensThanksgiving is finished, Hanukkah is through. . . as the final days of December rush on, the most popular yarns seem to grow chunkier and chunkier!  There are few things more exciting (and nerve wracking) than last minute holiday knitting, and thicker yarns can certainly help you maximize your time.  Projects like Bella’s Mittens (add the matching hat to earn bonus points), the chunky version of Knitty’s infamous Foliage Hat, Trantham’s Chunky Crocheted Basket or Effortless Cowl, and the GAP-tastic Cowl are super popular knits that pack a seriously impressive punch under the tree.  Don’t forget gifts for the littles, too — DROPS Designs has an impressive selection of baby patterns (all free!), and their knitted poncho is a speedy knit on size 11 needles.  Oh, and there’s the adorable and oh-so-fashionable Chouette (owl) hat, sized for toddler through adult!  Choose your pattern, snag a few skeins of Peruvia Quick, Vintage Chunky, or Cascade Magnum, and you’re on your way!

Peppermint HatThink you have a little more time to spare?  Make those minutes count with an indulgent luxury fiber skein (or two).  Drop a few needle sizes and whip up my sporty, seasonal Peppermint Hat in yummy Classic Elite Fresco, cozy Vancouver Fog fingerless gloves in luscious Ultra Alpaca (hello, one skein wonder!), or a super-cute Oscar cardigan in your favorite worsted weight for a special little someone.  I’m getting myself into trouble. . . my nearly-completed Christmas knitting list is growing as I finish this post!  Happy knitting, everyone!  We can’t wait to see what you create!