Steph: Hi Jenise! Â Thank you for participating in the GAL. Â What are your favorite items to knit for gifts?
Jenine: Mittens! Where I live, they are useful both for walking or driving in the winter (ever tried to hold a below-freezing steering wheel? It is not fun!). They are pretty fast to make, you don’t need to worry about a perfect flattering fit (like you would a sweater) and they use up very little yarn. Also, I know offhand about how large my friends hands are, so I don’t have to ask for measurements.
Which of your patterns are great for gifts? Which are most popular? Which do you think are great but overlooked?
Screw top is a really enjoyable toque to knit, and it comes together quickly. I have a someÂ collections of headbands (Headband Love 1, 2, & 3) that are perfect for warm areas, or the Bootcuffed collection for cold areas. I didn’t expect it, but my family and friends ask to “borrow” the cuffs more than any other item in my buckets of knitted stuff.
Surprisingly, I have seen a number of ladies make Persian Dreams as a special gift, but I don’t think there is enough time before the holidays to start one and give it this year! I would suggest casting on in January and then giving it next winter.
Oh, I love that blanket. Â I’m definitely getting that pattern…though I’ve no idea when I’ll do it! Â Any new designs for the GAL? if not, anything in the works you can tell us about?
Nothing for the GAL, though I should have a handful of patterns released over the next month. Besides that I am working on a collection of fine-weight sweaters and I am really excited about it. They will be released one every two months all of next year, starting in January.
Sounds awesome! Â Thank you, Jenise.