December 21: Lickety Split

There are two types of people: those who finished their Christmas shopping in July and already have presents wrapped, and the rest of us. I am in the latter group! Haven’t wrapped one present. In my defense, I have been a bit busy. 🤶🏻

So what does one do when it’s down to the wire, and you can start counting down the hours until Christmas? It’s time to whip out the jumbo needles and mega chunky yarns and get busy. Based on my recent experience attempting to go to the mall, it will take more time to get in the parking lot and park your car than it takes to knit or crochet a chunky hat or scarf.

If Rowan were a football team, these thick and chunky yarns would be the star linebackers:


Spun in a beautifully soft roving style, Cocoon is a lovely blend of merino and mohair. Cozy and soft!

brushed fleece

One of our top selling yarns this season, this light-as-air alpaca blend has a gentle halo and soft marl color effect.

big wool

The seasoned pro of the lineup, Big Wool is as popular today as when it was first introduced many moons ago. Big, bold, and beautiful, this pure merino yarn is soft yet sturdy.

Today I have quick-knit patterns featuring Rowan’s chunky line up to share with you, courtesy of Rowan Yarns. Simply click on the above images to download the patterns.

I have always loved too cook, but lately I have hardly spent any time in my kitchen. Christmas Eve was always the big to-do in my mom’s family, but lately it has dwindled to a pretty sad affair. My aunt will often come from Lawton, if the weather permits, but otherwise the three of us just sit around and look at each other.

I am happy to report that this year I will have family coming for Christmas Eve. My dad’s branch is rather huge, and I have more cousins than one can count. Many of my cousins are coming and I couldn’t be more delighted.

So what will I be whipping up this year? I have no clue. I probably should start thinking about that. The 24 Days of SWAK has kept me pretty busy!

Today I am giving away the perfect prize for someone who loves Rowan chunky yarns, and loves to cook. This prize bundle includes FIVE Rowan pattern booklets and a DellaQ Apron with the Rowan logo. Even if cooking isn’t your thing, you can stand around the kitchen sporting this apron and at least look like you belong there.

To get your name in the hat for this drawing, please share what you plan to cook for the holidays. I need some ideas! If eating is more your thing, what are you most looking forward to partaking of this holiday season.

You have until midnight tonight!

congratulations julie hanneman – you’re the winner of the Rowan apron and pattern bundle!

Please note that all prizes must be picked up at our shop no later than February 1, 2020. We do not mail or ship prizes.

But wait! There is more. Tina, one of our sample knitters, brought these amazing cookies to our Tuesday gathering. They are soooo good. She entered the cooking baking contest held last weekend during the Victorian Walk . . . and lost! It was as shocking as the finals for the Voice. Her cookie recipe is tops on our list, and think it will be on yours too!

Click here for the “crack” sugar cookie recipe, and thank you Tina Stone for sharing this most addictive cookie recipe with all of us!


  • Barbara Kinney

    21.12.2019 at 03:11 Reply

    Mississippi Mud Pie. I have had the recipe for years. It is similar to the Pie Junkie’s Drunken Turtle. I mostly wanted to post to say that I love Rowan’s Big Wool. I am knitting a sweater. It took me only 2 days to knit most of the body.

  • Someyeh Mirambeigui

    21.12.2019 at 05:18 Reply

    My Baba does all the cooking for the holidays so I haven’t had to cook for several years now! But we will probably make some sweet treats to share with the family!

  • Bernadette Ray

    21.12.2019 at 07:20 Reply

    I’ll be making homemade cheese ravioli as the main dish.

  • Judy Smith

    21.12.2019 at 07:52 Reply

    We are making beef Wellington. First time, hope it goes well

  • Courtney Wilson

    21.12.2019 at 08:03 Reply

    I have no idea what’s going to be cooking for Christmas this year. I am looking for my aunt’s recipe for fudge to make. I love making Christmas cookies too.

  • Mary Bourne

    21.12.2019 at 08:19 Reply

    If I was going to cook, it would be an herb crusted prime rib.

    • Amber Ketchum

      21.12.2019 at 23:35 Reply

      I usually bring deviled eggs and cherry cheesecake!!

  • Marilee Camerer

    21.12.2019 at 08:22 Reply

    Our Christmas Family Dinner we are cooking will be turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry salad, rolls, and pies❣️🌲🦃

  • Patricia Riden

    21.12.2019 at 08:33 Reply

    Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.

  • Stephenia d

    21.12.2019 at 08:37 Reply

    If I was cooking…then it would be lasagne and garlic bread!

  • Julie Hanneman

    21.12.2019 at 08:46 Reply

    I love being in the kitchen at Christmas! And I was lucky to marry into a family that lives to cook (and eat)! My Christmas meal contribution is smaller than normal this year, but hopefully no less popular. I’m making Peppermint fudge! 😋

    • Keely

      22.12.2019 at 00:09 Reply

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. Please pick up your prize anytime before 2/1/20, or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Jennifer Smallwood

    21.12.2019 at 08:54 Reply

    So Christmas Eve, I’m making chicken crepes for my husband, kids, and myself. Christmas day is with my inlaws, and they’ll be having beef Wellington. I might make a side dish, but not sure what yet. And then my family is having their Christmas celebration next Saturday, and the theme is ‘foods they can eat while watching the game’, so maybe chili or sandwiches or something.

  • Sheri Blaylock

    21.12.2019 at 09:19 Reply

    I am making a ham with cloves and a honey mustard sauce. I made my very first knitted item (a scarf) from Big Wool. I love Rowan! And food!!!!!

  • Lesley Rodgers

    21.12.2019 at 09:22 Reply

    Christmas Eve is definitely baking day, sausage balls, sausage rolls, for breakfast, shortbread, mince pies, and any other pies, mixing the stuffing so it mellows together for delicious stuffing on Christmas Day, snickerdoodles, getting as much done so Christmas is more relaxing and being able to spend time with everyone rather than be in the kitchen, and going to the candlelight service very important. Everyone will be here for Chritmas Day so it is a big celebration. Before everone goes home we have Stockings and tree gifts so it makes the day last longer just a tradition that I brought from England and my family love it.

  • Donna J Miller

    21.12.2019 at 09:35 Reply

    There will be about 20 at my house!!! I’ll make two recipes of monkey bread for breakfast. I’ll put a ham in the oven for sandwiches later. Also, I’m making a corn casserole that I discovered just before Thanksgiving and my vegetarian grandson loved it 🙂 And everyone else contributes. It will be a busy but fun and blessed day.

  • Tammy Adamson

    21.12.2019 at 10:16 Reply

    I am taking my cheese dip to my parents on Christmas Eve and making ham, green bean casserole, and rolls Christmas Day, Steve’s mom will do the rest. Lol

  • Janet Marie Busby

    21.12.2019 at 10:45 Reply

    We will be having smoked prime rib with earthy potatoes and vegetables. I will be making cookies, fudge and homemade cinnamon candy. The most important is I will be with family on Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
    Happy Birthday Jesus 👑🎂

  • Amy Otto

    21.12.2019 at 10:55 Reply

    I’ve been craving different types of pie so I’m going to try a chocolate one!

  • Linda Weston

    21.12.2019 at 11:13 Reply

    I don’t wish to be considered for the prize, just wanted to chime in! Christmas preparations and my responsibilities at church have had me busier than I ever thought I could be, which is saying a lot! So I haven’t given a thought to Christmas food yet. There’s a crack of daylight after our church Christmas program tomorrow, so I’ll make a plan then. Growing up, my family had their big dinner Christmas Eve, then foraged on Christmas Day so everyone got to relax that day. We’ll definitely keep that relaxed vibe going, foodwise. As far as tradition goes, there’s always hot chocolate in special mugs, and there must be ham somewhere on the menu.

  • Brandie Ferguson

    21.12.2019 at 11:41 Reply

    Making our traditional oatmeal cookies. My mother in law always makes homemade crepes for Christmas

  • Jenny E.

    21.12.2019 at 11:48 Reply

    I have been assigned to bring a salad.

  • Melissa Ryan

    21.12.2019 at 12:03 Reply

    Standing rib roast (rare, please), Yorkshire pudding, pommes de terre duchesse, whatever sides the kids bring, great grandma Revard’s rolls, and pie. NOw, if you’ll please excuse me, I have shopping, wrapping, and cooking/baking to do!

  • Laura McMahan

    21.12.2019 at 12:21 Reply

    looking forward to my birthday (xmas eve) cake from La Baguette -Chocolate Sin Sation–flourless and decadent!!!!

  • Alexandra Edwards

    21.12.2019 at 13:04 Reply

    Apple cider donut cake, seven layer dip, and molasses cookies. We like a snack and appetizer- based Christmas!

  • Shawndalynn

    21.12.2019 at 13:11 Reply

    I am making sides of green bean casserole and pea salad, I am looking forward to spiral cut bourbon smoked maple glazed ham.

  • Jo Jankowski

    21.12.2019 at 13:37 Reply

    I am thinking about making some home made cinnamon rolls.

    • Stevie

      21.12.2019 at 14:42 Reply

      Ham, green bean casserole, broccoli casserole!!!

  • Jennifer McKinney

    21.12.2019 at 16:22 Reply

    I’m a guest this year, so I will be cooking up lots of wine! I plan to bring an assortment of red and white. Probably a sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and perhaps a red from Spain. I have really enjoyed the Rioja wines lately.

  • Dana Barnes

    21.12.2019 at 20:12 Reply

    Christmas crack and cinnamon rolls!

  • Evelyn Norvelle

    21.12.2019 at 20:45 Reply

    My family Christmas will be tomorrow in Texas. I made mincemeat tarts for my contribution since I am not in my own kitchen. Then at Christmas in Oklahoma I will make pumpkin, pecan, and cherry pies. Then we are making a new tradition with my grandson’s family. We are getting uncooked pizzas from Hideaway and cooking them on Christmas eve.

  • Elise N.

    21.12.2019 at 22:07 Reply

    We’re making little breakfast quiches for Christmas morning this year to go along with our french toast and sausages!

  • Liz Hall

    21.12.2019 at 23:30 Reply

    French onion stuffed pork tenderloin. Bought the gruyere cheese for it today.

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