Last-Minute Knitted Gifts
I was feeling dangerously close to not having ENOUGH works-in-progress so I purchased this book yesterday in order to knit the "Soft Drawstring Pouch" (in the medium size) with the Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca & Silk that I purchased a few months ago. Both the book and the yarn are incredible.
It's a simple book really; the projects are accessible and do-able. I love her chapter on color and the ideas in the back regarding knitted gifts and creative presentation of handknit goods. There really isn't a single intimidating project in this book. Joelle Hoverson's Purl Soho site was one of the first knitting sites I ever bookmarked and I still visit the site to look at and learn about luxury yarns. I don't order much from there because I'm lucky enough to work somewhere that carries almost all of the same things, but it's worth a look if you haven't clicked over there before. Even though I'm not a quilter, the fabrics at Purl Patchwork are very tempting. There's also The Purl Bee companion blog.
The recommended yarn is a perfect choice for the drawstring pouch and will make a wonderful gift bag for the intended recipient (with handknit fingerless gloves inside).