What George Knits – Speedy Knits for Speedy Gifts

socks01Now that the madness of Christmas is over, I can reflect on one of my favourite Gift Knits this year. Socks! Not 4ply ones (I wasn’t that well prepared) but wonderfully quick and fun Double Knit ones.

This year me and my boyfriend spent Christmas at our friends house. Being grateful guests and because it was the season of giving, they all got presents. I’m sure I can speak for many knitters that we reach for our needles and cast on when it comes to present giving. Not only do we get the enjoyment out of making the thing, it is nice to give someone something unique and hand crafted.

Socks have become something of a revelation to me, I have only ever knitted one other pair before these. I would highly recommend anyone who hasn’t knitted a sock to give it a go, they aren’t that scary. My recommendations would be to start with a DK/Worsted pattern. Its quick, the needles are larger, everything is done with that little bit more ease. They also make great warm boot socks, or just lounging about at home on the sofa with a cup of tea socks. For these ones I used a great free pattern called Rye by Tin Can Knits. Another pattern I haven’t tried but looks fun is Bob, designed by Rachel Coopy for the release of her DK sock yarn, its also free, so you have no excuse! But do ask us when you are next in store for pattern advice, we can help with pattern support or provide 1 to 1 lessons to help get you started.

Next the yarn! I know some people find it hard choosing yarn to knit for other people, but I like to imagine their personality and go from there. Hence I have here a bright kooky pair and a more sophisticated classy pair to match our friends characters.

In terms of DK weight yarns suitable for socks, we have a bunch at Knit with attitude. A sock needs a bit of strength and also ideally needs to be easy to wash. Two great yarns I used were: CoopKnits Socks Yeah! DK which is a tough Superwash Merino and Nylon blend and comes in 10 shades. These little 50g balls are perfect for adding fun touches to the heel, toe and cuff. Another good yarn is Fyberspates Vivacious DK a super soft 100g Superwash Merino. We have just expanded our colour range of this yarn to include some fun new shades. I must admit I am tempted to knit another pair for myself in one of the new greens.

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This pair was knit with Fyberspates Vivacious DK in Sunshine for the main colour and the counter colour was Coop Knits Socks Yeah! DK in Anemoi.

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This pair was knit all in Coop Knits Socks Yeah! DK, using Dionysus for the main colour and Tartarus for the counter colour.

So what are you waiting for, cast on a sock! They make fun gifts. They are easy to transport and make great travel projects, I knit most of mine on the commute! They have interesting construction and shaping. The main thing is they are a lot easier than you might expect.

 

Christmas Wish Lists – Jess

With Christmas just around the corner we take a look at Jess’s top picks from Of Cabbages and Kings and Knit With Attitude. Jess is the owner Of Cabbages and Kings, a print, homewares and jewellery shop that shares our Stoke Newington HQ.

This year we have all made two lists, one we would like to receive and one we would like to give.

Jess's Wish List

Jess’ Wish List:
New in store is this How to be a Craftivist book by Sarah Corbett and what better way to pass the time on cosy holiday evenings then with a good read.
Everyone needs a bit of glam at Christmas and these Dot Hoop Studs provide a festive flash, with brass details guaranteed to add something special to any outfit.
Always useful to have around and you always need more. These Cocoknits Stitch Markers are a bright and fun way to keep track of your knitting.
Who can resist the lure of Hedgehog Fibres. The hand dyed squishiness of their Merino DK is to die for.
Of Cabbages and Kings range of Stuart Gardiner Oven Gloves are perfect for wrestling that Christmas Turkey out of the oven.

Jess’ Give List:
Want to give a perfect gift to a knitting friend or relative then try Woods by Verena Cohrs and Hannah Lisa Haferkamp. Full of interesting articles and even more interesting knits.
Know any cyclists? Or anyone going on a trip in the new year a great way for them to keep notes is this Road Bike Jounal.
Need a gift for a stylish friend then choose these Eco Friendly Silver Necklaces by Wild Fawn. Elegant and Ethical, the perfect combination.
Jess has been knitting socks this year for a few Christmas Gifts and what speedier way than in the lovely Vivacious DK. A quick and thoughtful present.

Jess' Give List

Christmas Wish Lists – Sanna

Festive feelings are high in Knit With Attitude and Of Cabbages and Kings and we are looking at what Christmas Gifts we want to give and receive this year.

Third up on our series of staff inspired wish lists is Sanna. Working with both shops at the weekend Sanna’s list is inspired by things that catches her eye in both Knit With Attitude and Of Cabbages and Kings. This year we have all made two lists, one we would like to receive and one we would like to give.

Sanna's Wish List

Sanna’s Wish List: 
A whole bunch of Hexa. Who could resist its snuggly warmth in the winter months. Also it comes in a fun range of brights and neutrals.
As everyone knows Sanna is a big crochet fan and also teaches crochet classes at knit with attitude. This Chunky Row 25mm Crochet Hook is a fun edition to any crocheters arsenal.
This Satellite Bowl linocut print by Jane Smith is available in store from Of Cabbages and Kings. Its also part of a wide range of prints by different artists that can be found online at Of Cabbages and Kings.
You can never have enough notebooks right? These Layflat Notebooks by Ola are perfect for jotting down Christmas lists in style.
Christmas and Cocktails, what a perfect combination! This Classic Cocktails Tea Towel is a great edition to your kitchen, get mixing!
Looking for some statement jewellery to wear to the Christmas Party the look no further than the Form Panel Necklace from Tom Pigeon. Great geometric lines bring a pop of glam to any outfit.

Sanna’s Give List:
These fun Bookblock Notebooks have covers designed by independent illustrators and are a perfect gift for the notetaker in your life.
For any fellow knitters, or you just want to inspire another to start a new hobby then Knit With Attitude has plenty of inspiring kits like this Pompom Hat Kit.
For the jewellery fan the check out the range of Jewellery Of Cabbages and Kings have in store and online.
Know any aspiring print makers? Screen Printing – The Ultimate Studio Guide is full of hints and tips to get them going.
Something for your worst enemy maybe, or just a tongue in cheek gift. Then go for a Sardonic Tote to make them laugh this Christmas.

Sanna's Give List

Christmas Wish Lists – George

Festive feelings are high in Knit With Attitude and Of Cabbages and Kings and we are looking at what Christmas Gifts we want to give and receive this year.

Second up on our series of staff inspired wish lists is George’s. Working with both shops at the weekend George’s list is inspired by things that catches his eye in both Knit With Attitude and Of Cabbages and Kings. This year we have all made two lists, one we would like to receive and one we would like to give.

George's wish list

George’s Wish List:
A Palm Print by Factory Press. George said he has long admired this print by Factory Press’s Liz Loveless and it would go perfectly in his yellow hallway at home.
These Pineapple Pots are not just for Christmas. Their brass geometric design looks good all through the year and perfect for those little cacti and succulents.
This tweedy but oh so soft Alpaca Tweed, a recent edition to the shelves of Knit With Attitude is gorgeous for those winter accessories and quick holiday knits.
There is no better way to dress up a shirt for the chistmas party or any special occasion, than these Gold Beton Cufflinks. A very special gift to find under the tree.
Who can resist more craft accessories and the rustic charm and handy size of these Yarn Snips are a great addition to any project bag.

George’s Give List:
For the Boyfriend – He’s a soft professed wine buff and a perfect way to test his skill with these Pairing Wine With Food Tea Towels.
For the Best Friend – A challenge for the new year is to find unique places to meet for a catch up. With the London Coffee book we will never be short of ideas and
spots to spend long afternoons gossiping.
For the Knitting Friend – I know my knitting friend would never say no to a jumpers worth of yarn. The great value of Lettlopi and its amazing colour range means they will
have great fun working with it.
For the Brother – Last year my brother asked for a black hat. So this year he’s going to get one! Spud & Chloe Sweater is my choice, it should be a quick and simple
knit.

George's give list

 

Christmas Wish Lists – Maya

Festive feelings are high in Knit With Attitude and Of Cabbages and Kings and we are beginning to look at what Christmas Gifts we want to give and receive this year.

First up on our series of staff inspired wish lists is Maya’s. Owner of Knit With Attitude, Maya’s list draws on some favourite things from her shop as well as Of Cabbages and Kings who share the same shop space. This year we have all made two lists, one we would like to receive and one we would like to give.

Maya's Wish List

Maya’s Wish List:
A selection of Garnsurr Søkke Merino. This is a new range of yarn for us and its hard to resist, its simply beautiful and is a social integration project for refugee
women in Norway. One to warm your heart and your needles this Christmas.
A Hey Mama Wolf Dying Kit. We’ve been captivated by natural dying here in the shop recently and these kits have really caught peoples imagination.
Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs of Places. Not only do these make interesting reads they are full of practical tips. Perfect if you have any holiday
travel plans and want to capture the moment.
A sweaters worth of Socks Yeah. Maya says she has been inspired by the Tabular jumper on the cover of Pompom 23 and a perfect yarn for this is Socks Yeah with a gorgeous range of colours its easy to find a great combo.
Bristol Ivy’s book Knitting Outside the Box is a must for cosy inspiring projects guaranteed to keep you entertained over the holidays.

Maya’s Give List:
For the Husband – a whole lot of Picture Hangers so that the pictures that never get framed can get up on the wall.
For the Daughter – Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs Of People. Living in the snap-chat era this will come in handy.
For the Son – The Red Fox Cub by Tiff Howick because he has seen it in Of Cabbages and Kings and thinks that the fox is soooo cute! – and also a ball of Stitch & Story,
so that he can finally finish his scarf he’s been working on for the last two years.
For the Best Friend – Luna Drop Earrings – they are just super cool!

Maya's Give List