Here's something to keep you busy over the holidays: five free knitting patterns from Katherine Poulton's A Good Yarn. This isn't a new book, but I missed it when it came out (maybe it wasn't promoted that heavily in North America?). Some good basics here; the Aaron handwarmers are pretty and have an interestingly-placed cable (though I'm more inclined to make them into mittens), and the Chunky Stripe hat has the perfect amount of slouch coupled with the timeless nautical stripe. And check out the perfect Arctic attitude of the Narwhal blanket.
Photos from The Telegraph