Vampire Knits Makes A Great Gift!

Tis the season to be Jolly and to give gifts. Whatever holiday you celebrate, or even if you don’t, there’s always an occasion to give a gift to someone you care about. It could be a Christmas gift to your sister, who just started knitting, a Hanukkah gift to your roommate, who loves all things vampire, or a Festivus gift to your grouchy downstairs neighbor to say, “Hey. I’m sorry we’re noisy sometimes.” Maybe it’s a Thank You gift to your wife or friend for being wonderful. Or a Just Because gift for your neighbor, because you know he likes to knit.

Whatever the occasion, Vampire Knits is a great option for a gift for someone you love, or even like a little bit.

CrafterNews has their Holiday Gift Guide out today, and what a list!

There’s something there for pretty much everyone!

The guide is divided into several sections.

The first section is “Staff Picks” which includes

The next section is “For The Hostess” which includes

There’s a section “For Him”

“For Her”

You’ll find Vampire Knits in the section “For the Young Crafter”(I like to think of it as The Young, Hip Crafter)

The last section is “For the Family”

You’ll find crochet, knit, paper, and general craft books. If you have crafters in your friends and family- check out CrafterNews’ list!

How A Pile of Yarn Becomes A Sweater, Part Deux

So, I posted the first bit of how I started making *something* awhile back HERE. I was doing really, really well. Actually, I wasn’t. I was knitting up LATE at night and forgetting to psso and so my 145 sts became about 175 sts and I had to frog after about 5 inches. Heartbreak, I tell you.

But I started over. Here’s my journey.

Starting over. Knitting at soccer practice.

Skirt finished, before blocking.

working on the sleeves and the bodice...


We were heading to San Francisco for Thanksgiving, so what better than to spend some time…

Knitting in the car...

a few hours in the car will get you shoulders!

Knitting outside...

Finally done knitting and on the blocking mats!


The back

The hood

So as you can see, it’s the Lore Hoodie, designed by Cirilia Rose. I’m SO happy to have finished it! I’ve been wearing it all day, since I’ve finished sewing on the buttons. Not everyone knows I knit it. Not everyone knows it’s from Vampire Knits. I do, on both counts, and I love it. There’s just something making something with your own hands – seeing lumps of yarn turn into a gorgeous knit garment you can wear with pride, and if someone gives you a compliment and says, “What a pretty sweater!” you can say, “I knit it myself!” and watch their faces show astonishment.

Next on the needles? Some Christmas knitting and some projects for my next book idea…

Happy December, everyone! What’s on YOUR needles?