Sunday, January 20, 2019

Getting Organized in January

Organization in January? Groundbreaking. (Just like florals for spring in The Devil Wears Prada.) Still, when you're stuck inside due to a monster snowstorm, organizing provides a welcome break from binging on Netflix.

I spent a lot of time winding leftover skeins of yarn. My Loops and Threads yarn winder worked great for this project!

yarn storage

I also inventoried my full skeins of yarn and determined I definitely don't need to buy any more. This is only some of it!

yarn storage

Lastly, I weighed my smaller odds and ends with a postage scale. I sorted them into balls that are large enough to make a full mitten or smaller pieces to save for thumbs or strings. Hopefully this will help me save some time when I'm knitting from my stash!

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This weekend I'm also working on my next blog post for the Hook Nook. I can't wait to share it with you. It'll be available in early February!

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Popular Colors in 2018 and Predictions for 2019 Knits

At the end of the year I always find it interesting to reflect on which colors of our mittens were the most popular. Year after year, black, purple, and red are always in the top five. Did they make the cut in 2018? Let's find out!

1a. Red

Red moved up from second place to be this year's winner! It's such a nostalgic classic that it's really no surprise.

red mittens

1b. Ocean

Ocean actually tied with red for first place this year. After not making the list last year, that's quite an accomplishment! We've seen a lot of interest in this color since it's so similar to the mittens that Frozen's Anna wears. 

ocean mittens

2. Dark Sage

This one is another newcomer to the list! This dark green is practical and works well for both men and women. I also was asked to knit a pair of mittens in this color as a Christmas gift for a family member. If you count that pair, brings this color into the second place slot.

dark sage mittens

3a. White

Third place was a two-way tie. White tends to be popular with winter brides who want to stay warm. It's new to the most popular list this year.

white mittens

3b. Black Sparkle

Moving to the opposite end of the spectrum we have black sparkle. This is one of my favorites. It's yet another newcomer to the list. 

black sparkle mittens

Last year's popular colors were dominated by pinks. This year was much more neutral, with the exception of classic red. I wonder what 2019 will bring? 

See all of our 50+ color options for mittens.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Top Knitted Gift Picks of 2018 and USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

There's no need to panic if you haven't finished (or started) your Christmas shopping. You can order as late as December 21 and packages shipped within the continental U.S. will still make it in time for the holiday. 

The USPS has provided the following shipping deadlines for the continental U.S. (orders must be placed on the day prior):

  • First-Class Mail - Dec. 20 (order by Dec. 19)
  • Priority Mail - Dec. 20 (order by Dec. 19)
  • Priority Mail Express - Dec. 22 (order by Dec. 21)

The shipping deadline for First-Class and Priority Mail International is Dec. 8 (order by Dec. 7) for Australia/New Zealand, Canada, and Europe.

And here are a few gift ideas for anyone and any budget. They all ship free!

green scarf | more scarves

red headband | more colors

gray mittens for adults | for kids

bag charm

wool newborn hat

white baby afghan | more blankets

burgundy baby mittens | more colors

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