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Thursday, November 19, 2009

epstein-kiss-250This is the time of year when warm thoughts of friends and family come gathering round the knitting table. Along with all the changes in weather, there’s usually changes in what we’re knitting: Gifts.

Just in time for holiday knitting is something new by Nicky Epstein: Knitting A Kiss in Every Stitch — a savvy new book filled with lots of ideas for projects for everyone on your gift list.

Nicky’s lovely and thoughtful touches are evident throughout with a wide range of garments for infants, teens and yes, your man.

Picture 2Baby’s First Hat (pg. 10) is a quick gift for the new dumpling in your neighborhood (they’re everywhere! Hi Gianna! Hi Daniel!) and this cap has what is Nicky’s signature: a clean style with some whimsical touches made with easy embellishments.

Your teen might just be thrilled to the moon and back by her vampire/werewolf caps (on pg. 33). Nicky writes: “For the “Plain Janes,” simply knit the hat and leave off the vampire bite.”

guy-socks-7228For your man, a great pair of socks, (pg. 77) with a not-so-secret message, sure to tickle you every time you see them. I’d like to say thanks for this picture alone, so naughty…

wrap-7227The ladies are not forgotten here. There’s lots of really pretty ideas for us, including a stunning bride’s purse (pg. 44) and great wrap called the Diamond Rib that I’m hoping Santa’s Elves are working on for me right now! I wish I had it right now to snuggle in with my morning tea…

And since we’ve stumbled into MY holiday wish list, I need those Pampering Spa Cloths (pg. 100 ) and the Jet Set Travel Tags (pg. 114), which show Nicky’s great eye for decorative touches that raise the bland to the irresistible. The Spa Cloths would pair up so nicely with a great bar of fancy soap for a guick gift for anyone on your list; the form and function of those tags sure would’ve saved me some time at La Guardia awhile back when I about collapsed from the dizzy watching the luggage go round and round the carousel…

(Closed: If you’d like a copy of this book, just leave a comment and your email below and we will randomly draw a winner on Tuesday, the 24th.)

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