little monsters

first of all, the winner of My Grandmother’s Knitting is Brooke K!  yay.

but mostly i would like to say how much i enjoyed hearing all of your knitting histories.  i like the plain old boring way that fiber arts are passed on. i like that it’s through bloodlines or through friends. i like that it’s earthy and can be put down and picked up again, regaining the thread.  one of the reviews on amazon said that this book was boring because all the knitwear designers stories were just family stories.  knitwear designers are people too :)  and those are the stories i love.

baby monsters

p.s. there are still 2 more spaces left in the Falkland Fiber Club if you are so inclined.  they’ll only be up until the 13th and don’t forget that you can also pay monthly instead of all at once.

p.p.s. the little monsters are made out of little balls of hand dyed yarn (mostly). they’re for our friends who are turning one. raveled here.

m’s celestine

this is the one christmas present i can show you right now.  a ball for the babe using the celestine pattern by norah gaughan.  raveled here. it was a fun knit and i’m thinking of making one out of handspun scraps.

m has 1) already seen this

m's woolie celestine

and 2) can’t read this blog yet, unlike everyone else i knit for

m's woolie celestine

i made the mistake of posting stuff earlier than the people got them another year, and they saw them! you never know who might be reading your blog ;)

made with random hand dyed yarn from the stash (not mine) and stuffed with very sheepy smelling wool roving.  i’ll try to get an ‘in action’ shot after christmas.  merry merry to you all!  and if you haven’t downloaded your free tea cosy pattern, get on that.

hedgehogs!

i remember when i was young, there was always a hedgehog stuffed animal somewhere in the front of my mom’s car.  due to said hedgehog(s), i was inspired this year to make some hedgehog gifts.

hedgehogs!

this big football shaped one is for my mom. hand dyed recycled sweater wool. the pattern is ysolda teague’s smith. i think the babe might need one of these, if for no other reason just because it will be almost as big as the baby itself.  also, these are totally my mom’s colors.  raveled here.

hedgehogs!

the smaller guy, for katie, is from this pattern. so cute! the main body of this one is also hand dyed recycled sweater wool. raveled here.

hedgehogs!

and the turtle was originally blogged here.  but now with eyes!  i found subtle eyes looked much better than high contrast ones.

hedgehogs!

hedgehogs!

i also sent each of our mom’s a skein of my snapdragon worsted.

and for added cuteness: baby foot! have a great weekend :)