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bunnyslippers
11-20-2007, 06:42 PM
My brother has invited his new girlfriend and her family to Christmas. She just moved to North America from Japan. I would love to knit her something as a welcome, but I am drawing a blank. She is very elegant and stylish and seems very sweet. I am less-than-elegant and not-at-all-stylish and would appreciate any suggestions you can give.
I would like something fairly simple as I don't have a lot of time (the big jolly deadline is looming). Something functional would also be nice--I don't think that they have very much. My skill level is about intermediate--I can't make pretty seams, but I can follow a lacey pattern.
(My back-up plan is knitty's nagano cherryblossom strand, but it isn't that functional.)
Thank-you in advance for any suggestions--my brain has been thorougly wracked. :)

spooky
11-21-2007, 12:53 AM
This is nothing fancy, but it's cute as HECK!!

Knit fortune cats!! LOVES EM!!
http://castadrift.blogspot.com/2005/10/fortune-cat-pattern.html
I have made them before. Made a ton of mistakes, didn't felt em, and they still turn out cute!!!
Here's mine!! See still cute!!
http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x229/erikasbuddy/fortunecat3.jpg

*KnitPixie*
11-21-2007, 01:53 AM
My brother has invited his new girlfriend and her family to Christmas. She just moved to North America from Japan. I would love to knit her something as a welcome, but I am drawing a blank. She is very elegant and stylish and seems very sweet. I am less-than-elegant and not-at-all-stylish and would appreciate any suggestions you can give.
I would like something fairly simple as I don't have a lot of time (the big jolly deadline is looming). Something functional would also be nice--I don't think that they have very much. My skill level is about intermediate--I can't make pretty seams, but I can follow a lacey pattern.
(My back-up plan is knitty's nagano cherryblossom strand, but it isn't that functional.)
Thank-you in advance for any suggestions--my brain has been thorougly wracked. :)
Truthfully I think the knitty nagano cherry blossom would be a wonderful gift for your brothers girlfriend! I mean it relates to something that may be a reminder to her of home ( at a time where she may be homesick, or feel a little strange) and would probably be quite a meaningful present that not only brings comfort but was well thought out and made with lots of love just for her;) I say stick with it its very stylish and a great idea:thumbsup:

Arya
11-21-2007, 02:02 AM
Hmmm... that's an interesting pattern... It's one of those ones she'll either absolutely love, or... you know... be less-than-thrilled about. You know her best!

If you want to be safe, I'd go for the candle flame scarf. Make it longer than recommended, in a soft and bright yarn, and it goes with everything!
http://www.knitpicks.com/Candle+Flame+Scarf_PD50465221.html

Or maybe...
http://www.knitty.com/issuesummer06/PATTfetching.html
A little simpler than the scarf - it took me a couple of days for each glove (aka. knitting in the evenings). I wear them everywhere!

Maybe ask your brother for advice...

jess_hawk
11-21-2007, 02:20 AM
Perhaps some slippers? The Japanese take off their shoes everywhere, which wasn't much of an adjustment for me as my mom brought me up to take my shoes off when I enter someone's house and like my host sister, it bothers me when I am told to leave my shoes on. Anyway, something to consider.

bunnyslippers
11-21-2007, 12:26 PM
Those are all great ideas (and some fab stocking stuffer ideas, too). I knew the knitting help crew would come through for me! Now to decide...
Thanks knitters!
:mrgreen:

DorothyDot
11-23-2007, 02:22 PM
Maybe an old-fashioned hand muff? Make it soft and warm. Could even add some colors or design if you're so inclined.

Dot