Monday, December 6, 2010

Kitschy Christmas Knits.....

Every year since grade school it seems that Christmas or the holiday season in general is a time to make fun little kitschy gifts, ornaments, candy holders, etc... One year in first grade we made holiday bells from Styrofoam cups, pipe cleaners and plastic holly and little gold jingle bells. They hung in the archway between my parents dining and living rooms all the way through my high school years. In second grade there was the felted boot that held the coffee can (you can read about that story in the blog thread about felt) - we used it for fudge, cookies and the like. As the years have gone by there has been knitted kitchen towel toppers, and numerous other little items that one usually only dares to display during this festive time of year.

Lion Brand - Fisherman's Wool - Brown - size 3US dpns

This year is no exception - I have many friends that are huge Harry Potter fans, two especially that live in Texas and so I am currently knitting them each a Doby sock. If you don't know the HP books, Doby is an enslaved house elf and the only way for him or any other house elf to be free is to receive an item of clothing from his master. Doby's master is a bad man and to get back at him and to help Doby for saving Harry's life, Harry makes it so that Doby receives a sock (one of his actually) from his master. The master is ticked off and the plot thickens, but Doby is now a free elf!!! The sock is just plain and brown, but it is Doby's emblem of freedom. So, two of those will go out at the end of the week. I'm just using the Yarn Harlot's basic sock recipe (I use it often to save my sanity) from her book Knitting Rules. My friends can hang it on their tree or mantel or where ever, but I think they'll get a kitschy kick out of the sentiment.

Then there are the numerous little granny square ornaments that I will be knitting for crocheting friends. Yes, I said knitting. It is possible to knit a granny square (pictures to come.) Now to be fair it is a more complicated ordeal and I can crochet them, but with my crocheting friends it's the principle of thing (just go with with me on this one.) They have been trying with great enthusiasm to get me to change sides and I cannot let my guard down.

So, today is a busy day. DH is putting together my storage cases from IKEA, I'm knitting , knitting, knitting, preparing the studio for it's new storage system, making turkey and rice casserole for dinner and I may even slip in a batch of homemade fudge. Oh, I almost forgot there is also the laundry. Let's see if I get all the chores done today, I'll have four more days this week to knit, knit, knit. Yep, today is a busy day.

Even though I'm sure you all are just as busy if not more, don't forget to knit a little kitschy item to celebrate the holiday season. Patterns can be found all over the internet. They are cute and usually bring a smile and that's one of the best parts of the holidays, bringing a smile to those we love.

Peace and joy to you all.....
The Green Girl.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see the knitted granny square! Too cool!