Monday, 5 April 2010

Stocking Up For Christmas Already?

In the bag of goodies I was given the other Sunday at Church was this strange little bag

DSCF0006 Inside was a small pair of red plastic knitting needles, a leaflet explaining the basics of knitting, and a number of small balls of yarn in very bright colours.

I googled "knitterbugs" but that didn't get me anywhere.

There wasn't an adequate amount of any of the colours to produce anything significant. Not even a scarf.

So I decided to dig out a small, quick-to-knit pattern I could do whilst watching TV.

I found a neat little one [originally from Jean Greenhowe, I think] for mini-Xmas-stockings. Ideal to hang on the tree, or possibly fill with a small tube of sweets or other tiny gift.

First batch, started on the evening of Palm Sunday.

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I have finished up all the wool now - 22 stockings!

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Towards the end, I made a ball of yarn using random lengths of the remaining colours  knotted together - which gave some very interesting variegated results.

I have put all the stockings back into the red bag now - ready to go into the "Christmas 2010" section of the loft.

I just can't bear to waste anything!

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...postscript - I prepared this post earlier, to go on the blog after Easter. At church yesterday I was given a dozen small bottles of shower gel [the ones you get in hotels] They are exactly  the right size. So half my stockings are filled already!

I am going to have to do a post soon about 'What I tried to give away in Lent and how things kept coming back to me' !

4 comments:

  1. Oh well done, the little socks look absolutely lovely, Angela. I have to say I don't like the sound of the 'C' word already though! Happy Easter.

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  2. What lovely little stockings! Only you could think of such a brilliant idea!

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  3. I had one of those Knitterbugs Knitterbags. Seeing the photo brought back memories of sitting with my Granny learning to knit with those red needles. I think I produced some kind of triangular prism thing from the wool provided. How funny that one picture can bring back so many memories.

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  4. Hi Ang
    Only just got round to reading your blog again after the Easter Hols. Elizabeth mentioned the knitterbugs knitterbag that her Granny bought her - I've still got it in the loft - I couldn't bear to throw it away!
    Lots of love
    Gwen

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