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My Favorite Things: when the dog bites

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Sometimes, all we need is a bit of comfort during the holidays. In the song, My Favorite Things, the end of the song states, "When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things and then I don't feel so bad!" In keeping with the theme of quick knits to bust stress for the holidays, today's dedication is to the big-needle comfort knit.

When the dog bites, when the bee stings

Big Bang cowl: This pattern, offered for free by Knitting Fever and suitable for intermediate knitters, can be completed in less than an afternoon. The pattern calls for size US 50 needles, and while they do take a bit of getting used to knitting with them, every project finishes up quickly so the needles are an investment in the knitter's repertoire. The pattern calls for only one ball of Big Bang by Knitting Fever, so the project is cost-effective, lofty, and just generally cute because of the roping nature of the yarn.

Bulky Rasta hat: This hat pattern calls for only one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and size US 13 needles, making it a project that can be completed while catching up on your favorite television shows. Available for free on the Kaleidoscope Yarns web site, the hat, designed by Jill Bujold, allows for an optional pompom. But really, who would not want a pompom made out of Malabrigo Rasta?

Magnum reversible vest/wrap: This super-bulky wrap, made from Cascade Yarns Magnum on size US 19 needles, is a versatile piece that can be knit with very little hassle and worn well into spring. The pattern is designed by Karen Clements and is available for $6.50 on Ravelry. It can be worn with the right or wrong knitting side facing, and can be worn long or short side up, depending on the length of collar the person wearing it would like to show.

Bells Lake afghan: This afghan from the Lion Brand Yarn Company is knit in moss stitch on size US 19 needles, making the finished project both reversible and extra-durable. The pattern, available for free, also calls for two strands of bulky yarn to be held together, giving depth whatever colorway the knitter chooses. Both the overall size and width of stripes can be adjusted as the item is being worked, so it can be tailored to any home and of course keep the knitter warm while it is being knitted.

Non-felted slippers: This pattern, available as a free download on Ravelry, is for a pair of tightly-knit slippers using super-bulky yarn on size US 9 needles. Items knit more tightly than the suggested gauge tend to wear longer, especially on the feet, and while the original yarn used in the pattern is discontinued, any super-bulky animal fiber will keep your feet warm on even the coldest of kitchen floors this winter.

Marley drop stitch scarf: This super-easy scarf, available as a free Ravelry download and using only one ball of Plymouth Yarn Marley, can be knitted in just an hour or two. The entire pattern is just garter stitch and dropped stitches, which means you can add two inches of length in just one row. Knit on size US 17 needles, the knitter can wrap the finished project around the neck or just pin it like a shawl to hold it into place.

Hopefully, with the past three weeks of shopping, cooking, cleaning, and decorating, you have been able to find a moment or two of peace in knitting. The holidays may come along every year, but the good news is that the stress and the dates are all finite, with beginning and ending dates. Soon, we will have the holiday season behind us and can get back to our regular lives, whether or not they involve knitting.

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