Thursday, December 29, 2011


Tardis socks for the Dr. Who infatuated teenage girl, pattern HERE. By the way, this is the same girl in the previous post who is the owner of Doggie's Christmas stocking.

The Manly College Sweater, with College Boy himself modeling. Pattern available HERE, previous post HERE. He didn't mind the pink knitting needles.


Saturday, December 24, 2011


My children, all teenagers now, have been complaining that the magic has gone out of Christmas. I remember feeling the same sense of loss as a young teen. One of the best things about being a parent has been once again experiencing the giddy anticipation and excitement of Christmas with my own small children.

Here is my daughter at about age two or three, proudly helping to decorate the tree. She was a very cuddly child, and developed strong attachments to stuffed animals. One of her longest relationships was with a little stuffed beagle-type dog, whom she appropriately named "Doggie". Below is Doggie watching her decorate the tree from perched within the branches.

Of course I knit the children Christmas stockings, shown above. I experimented with stitch patterns and colors, so I guess you could call them sampler stockings. (The stocking that doesn't match is the one my Aunt Jane made for me). These very same stockings will be hung up tonight, hopefully to be filled by Santa once again.

My daughter complained one year that Doggie needed a Christmas stocking too. I pulled out my size 00 needles and the finest sock yarn I could find, and made her this. It measures about four inches high, and you can click it to enlarge. The tiny little jingle bell on the tip has rusted, but my now sixteen-year-old daughter still pulls out this stocking with joy to hang it on the Christmas tree as an ornament!

Maybe there's still a little magic in her Christmas after all!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011


This is a white baby blanket knit in a cabled feather and fan stitch from what appears to be Peaches & Cream cotton. It got put in the washing machine, and the edge fell apart.

So I crocheted it a new one, and secured the loose ends in the new stitches. Not perfect, but pretty good.

And darned I up some very large holes. This one was almost six inches in diameter.

Is there a distraught toddler behind this blanket? No! A distraught COLLEGE STUDENT! Whoever knit this for her must have loved her very much.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I never deliberately intended to make towel toppers- you know, those frumpy crocheted thingies that attach a hand towel to your fridge door handle. I always thought they belonged in the category with cross stitched kleenex box covers and dolls with huge crocheted hoop skirts that conceal a roll of toilet paper. Usually sold by pathetic old ladies at church yard sales and such. Not me.

Then a friend begged me to make her some Christmas towel toppers, and even provided the towels. She insisted on paying me. I happened to have one in my posession that I used as a model. The topper was crocheted with cheap acrylic yarn (you know how I love that!). It had been hanging on my fridge door a month or two, and the acrylic strap was already badly frayed. No acrylic! The logical fiber seemed like cotton, since a hand towel is subject to a lot of hard washing. So I dug out some matching green Peaches & Creme and a crochet hook, and did my best to copy the model. The result looked OK, but felt stiff, thick, and heavy (click to enlarge). I hate to think how long it is going to take to dry in our humid summers! Seemed like knitting was the way to go.

Funny how there are so few patterns available for towel toppers, especially knitted ones. The vast majority are simple garter stitch. It was a pleasure to run across the delightful cable knit towel topper shown below, referenced HERE.

For the next topper I chose a 1 by 1 rib stitch. This one came out much softer and more drapey, but was still quite heavy (click to enlarge).

I moved on to a lighter weight cotton chenille, thinking that the chenille would be soft and absorbent like the towel. I chose Brioche rib for the topper, making the decreases line up so that the top looked like a series of wedges. Unfortunately all of my stitch work was hidden in the fuzzy chenille, but at least the topper was light and drapey (click to enlarge).

For the last topper I chose a light sport weight cotton with a smooth texture. I wanted to make something lacy, and ran across this delightful lace Christmas tree in Lesley Stanfield's The New Knitting Stitch Library (page 137). Book available HERE

What a perfect motif for a Christmas towel topper! This one is hands down my favorite! If I ever make a Christmas towel topper again, this will be my design of choice (click to enlarge).