I'm taking a break from Jumbo Christmas Stockings in a Jiffy to knit a few stocking stuffers.
These are quick little cute stuffers - Candy Cane Pony by Hakucho - and you can whip these up faster than you can sing Jingle Bells!
Here they are on the tree ready for the holidays.
I went back to my LYS - Westport Yarns to pick up some more Cascade Yarns Lana Grande for a few more stockings (you know, just in case we have guests for Christmas). My friends there were surprised at how large these stockings really are. You can't tell in the other pictures.
Here's Beth from Westport Yarns posing with the jumbo stockings. They really are big!
If you have time, swing by Westport Yarns and purchase three skeins of the super bulky yarn: 2 of the MC and 1 of the CC. You'll need some US Size 15 needles. I prefer the magic loop method of knitting in the round, so if that's your preference, get a 40" long set of Turbo Addis US Size 15 while you're there. Tell Beth I sent you.
I bought some yarn to make a red and green stocking next.
It's December 8th - just over two weeks until Christmas and I'm here to tell you that you still have time to knit up a gift or two. Try one of my Jumbo Christmas Stockings in a Jiffy in either the striped or solid pattern.
In less than one week, I designed and knit all four of these jumbo stockings for our fireplace mantle. In fact, I also knit yesterday's two green and white test knits. So if I can knit six in one week, I know you can, too.
Today's free pattern is the Jumbo Christmas Stocking in a Jiffy Solid. You can download the pattern here - Download Jumbo Christmas Stocking Solid PDF
For each stocking you'll need the following:
Enjoy this second free gift of the season. I hope you'll make one, or two or several before Christmas.
In my excitement to post my free pattern for the Jumbo Stocking, I accidentally deleted the instructions for part of the stocking. Not sure how that happened, but it did. Nothing left to do buy fix it as quickly as possible. Two days after I created the pattern and posted it, I pulled it down, fixed the pattern, whipped up two more test knits, rewrote the pattern and republished it. Whew.
I was out of the super bulky yarn, so I knit up two striped stockings in Plymouth Encore Worsted and US Size 7 needles. These little stockings will be perfect for stuffing with that special gift for someone special.
This entire stocking takes less than five hours to make, so you still have time to knit up a few before Christmas.
I'm out of red worsted weight yarn, so I might have to make a trip to the store today. You know, you can never have too many Christmas stockings around the house.
Please visit the original post and download the corrected pattern HERE.
I finished the second Jumbo Christmas Stocking in a Jiffy for my living room.
I like the way the opposite colors look side by side.
See the miniature ornaments hanging beside them? Those were a gift from James and the inspiration for my jumbo sized stockings. Whether you want to make your stocking jumbo or miniature - both free patterns are fun. Click below for each free pattern.
James's JOY Mini Christmas Stocking
Jennifer's Jumbo Christmas Stocking in a Jiffy
Ho! Ho! Ho! Happy knitting for the holidays.
I have finally opened my very own Ravelry store so you can purchase my patterns. I launched it with the first three animal critter hats - Fox, Bear and Beaver.
Check out my Ravelry Store and keep your eyes open for additional patterns coming soon.
While I'm waiting for my DMC floss to arrive to finish the family heirloom cross stitch Christmas stocking, I felt compelled to create a handknit striped stocking to liven things up a bit.
I wanted something quick, so I chose a chunky wool and US Size 15 needles. In less than a day, I had an oversized festive Christmas stocking hanging in my Knit Nook.
I was inspired by James's JOY Mini Christmas Stockings which he makes and sends as ornaments. They're so happy and whimsical that I decided to Jumbo-size them.
You can download my jumbo version of the FREE PATTERN HERE. Download Jumbo Christmas Stocking in a Jiffy - Striped PDF.
NOTE: I updated this pattern 3 days after originally posting it. I have updated the pattern to include more complete instructions, insert the accidentally omitted sections for the gusset and toe.
Remember to use this Slip Stitch Jogless Stripe to make the stripes beginning and end seemingly disappear.
I used Cascade Yarns Lana Grande for my stocking. You could use any super bulky yarn. My friend prefers Lion Brand Thick & Quick. Whichever yarn you choose - you can certainly whip up one, two or more for the holidays.
Enjoy your free holiday gift from Major Knitter. Merry Christmas!
It's only been fifteen plus years since I started this Christmas stocking so I decided that 2013 was the year I should finish it.
I've been about 95% done with this stocking since Secungogeniture was born. Over the past few years I have picked it up from time to time determined to finish this, but run into some major snags - namely a lack of DMC floss to finish it.
After a quick query on Facebook, I discovered a few online retailers where I could order my specific missing colors by number. Thanks to my friends, I ordered the missing links and expressed shipped them. I hope to be done with this by next week.
Happy Birthday! My not-so-little guy turns 15 tomorrow. I made him his very own quilt for his birthday. I started this in April and finished it this morning.
I changed my quilting method after a false start. See the slim "stems" on the left? I was trying to make straight lines. After quilting three strips, I decided I didn't like this method that much. My friends and I discussed the various methods used and I ended up with the random squiggle like many of my friends chose. I'm much happier with it.
I like the way the stripe on the back of the quilt turned out. Doesn't it make the back of the quilt look happy?
And the timing couldn't be perfect. The temperatures have dropped and it's just the perfect weather for cuddling under a quilt made with love.
And I can present to you my 9th afghan of the year.
This Hug from Marienne afghan is one I started in January and had the pieces complete before summer. Then they got shoved aside and forgotten until this week. It only took me two days - one to crochet the swatches together and another to crochet the edging around the outside. After soaking and blocking the afghan I can happily announce I have another finished project. This one is destined for the Jackson Recovery Center's Women & Children's Center.
I hope you enjoy your hugs, too
Last night I taught a small group of boys the Textile Merit Badge. They had a lot of fun. So did I, of course.
I bring so much stuff for show & tell that it takes me a full half hour just to set up.
Potholders in eight different weaving patterns, my critter hats, a sampler afghan, a Boy Scout quilt and more.
Samples of all the different fibers: cotton, silk, wool, and three types of fleece.
Books, magazines, hand-dyed wools, fabric samples
Being resourceful, we taped a sheet to the wall for our projector screen. I set the tables up in a U so I can walk in the center and show the students tips and techniques.
Each Scout spends almost the entire class working in their weaving project while listening. This weaving project constantly gets interrupted for other portions of the class (e.g. the sample fabric board (shown on the table to the right of the weaving project); questions and answers, and dyeing fabric.
My Scouting friend Gari came to help me out, brought her son to earn the merit badge, and these beautiful tapestries from a trip to Peru.
The best part was this stunning loom and tapestry, also from Peru, that she showed made out of repurposed wood and a bone shuttle! Ingenious.
Most of the boys left before I remembered to get a group pictures of their weaving projects. Didn't they do a fabulous job?
Thanks Frank for having me teach your Troop my favorite merit badge. Thanks Gari for coming to help.
We now have NINE more Scouts who learned about textiles. My favorite part? At the end of the class, I had two Scouts tell me "This was the funnest merit badge I ever earned."
Well, there you have it.
Today my mother would have turned 75. In honor of Mom, I'm posting a picture taken at her dear friend's house in 1980.
She's been gone for nearly twenty years so it's hard to imagine her having a 75th birthday. She'll always be in her 40s and 50s in my mind.
Happy Birthday Mom. I love you very much.
Who doesn't love this song?
Of course, I always feel compelled to sing "On the savannah, the mighty savannah..." But that's another story. Today I'm here to show off my latest quilt from Allison Harris' Growing Up Modern book. After perusing the book, I decided to start off with something I could handle easily enough and chose Stacks
Here are some close-ups of the different fabrics so you can get an idea of the theme.
I wish you could feel how amazingly soft this backing is using Ann Kelle's Urban Zoologie, Lions in earth tones.
Check out the animals on safari!
Did somebody say Lions and Savannahs?
Zebra, zebra, black and white.
More lions on safari. Plus flamingos, zebras, hippos, giraffes and antelope.
So there you have it. I'm on a roll and enjoying every minute quilting and learning a new skill. I have my eye on so many more quilts in this book. You might even see them all as time allows.
While the Scouts were paying attention to the instructors and flying planes, I was busy finishing a sock.
And since the temperatures dipped to 40 degrees at night, I needed more knitwear to stay warm while camping in tents at night.
I wear handknit socks every night on campouts throughout the year - except summer camp. Something as simple as a clean pair of wool socks makes all the difference for a good night's sleep.
And of course, no campout would be complete without a tent selfie. Here I am wearing my Tanglewood Fibers and Lobster Pot Very Warm Hat. It is the very best hat for all the time I spend outdoors. I'm never, ever cold (at least on my head.)
Happy knitting. Happy adventures. I hope you have fun using your wool wear on your outdoor adventures.
Every few years since I've been Scoutmaster (in September 2006), our Troop has organized the Aviation Merit Badge including an orientation flight. It is the highlight of all the Scouts. One of the dads in our Troop has many connections in the aviation world and he coordinates everything. The boys are so excited and at the end of the day they earn a very fun merit badge.
We start with classroom instruction with Mr. Faile - a veteran instructor who is gifted at teaching these young men about the physics of aviation. They all listen very attently.
The Scouts review flight maps...
And other terminology before heading out to do some pre-flight inspections.
First they check out the planes inside the hangar.
All the Scouts inspect the planes in small groups of three prior to their flight.
Our pilot Danny was fabulous as he created a whole new generation of would-be pilots.
Everyone enjoyed the views out the window.
Our Senior Patrol Leader thanked our adult organizers of the day's adventure with some Trail's End Boy Scout popcorn. It was not nearly enough to thank these men for giving up their Saturday to share their passion of aviation with more than a dozen youth. The experience was priceless!
Over the past few days I've been knitting fox parts. Heads. Eyes. Snouts. Ears.
Now I'll just assemble these parts and have two more fox hats. Woot!
This is especially noteworthy because this morning, Secundogeniture and I just watched a fox prance through our back yard, jump up over the fence and hop away. It was a very cool way to start the day. I'm only sorry I didn't get a picture or video of the fox in action. He was adorable.
About once or twice a year my knitting group plans a road trip adventure. This year I saw something online about a great knitting exhibit at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and asked if the group was interested in viewing this special exhibit entitled Knit, Purl, Sow. Today was the big day.
We trekked into Brooklyn, fought traffic, construction, city driving, and detours - but after two hours we arrived. We ate lunch at the fabulous Terrace Cafe inside the Steinhardt Conservatory - colocated with the knitting show. What luck for us! After a tasty lunch, we perused the knitting show and conservatory.
The exhibit featured three fiber artists Tatyana Yanishevsky, Ruth Marshall and Santiago Venegas. You can read about these artists HERE. The above lily pad artwork is by Ruth Marshall and is one of my favorite pieces. The huge fiber sculptures like the oversized yellow lily by Tatyana Yanishevsky dominated the show.
Tatyana created the majority of the knit flora. Her creations were amazing!
Huh! Why didn't I think of this for using my early 2000 fantasy yarn?
Tatyana's details on her flowers and pistons was truly fascinating.
The yarns and stitches were chosen for the appropriate texture. Great choices all around!
This flora themed sweater has a problem I think we can all relate to.
Some of the designs were more abstract. All were fascinating. It was a wonderful day for my fiber-minded friends. The drive to stay ratio wasn't so good - but the camaraderie and adventure made it all worth it. Best part of all - we were pleasantly surprised to discover that starting mid-November, weekday admission is free.
If you have some time between now and January 22, 2014, I highly recommend a trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to tour the gardens indoors and out, eat a tasty, healthy lunch at the Terrace Cafe, and take a quick tour of these fiber sculptures. Hopefully, you'll have as enjoyable a day as we did!