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.


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


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' !


  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.

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

  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.

  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


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