Free lunch: Christmas knitting

It’s a stocking. With a dinosaur playing a guitar. Seriously, this is so incredibly cool that I’m amazed I’m not knitting it right now instead of writing this post.

Here’s a ball-shaped ornament that doesn’t actually involve knitting but does use yarn and would likely be appreciated by a knitter.

And here’s a ball-shaped ornament that does involve knitting. It’s from Handknit Holidays, one of my favorite knitting books. (I haven’t actually knit anything from this book yet. But I love nearly all the projects in it, so I like to imagine that one day I will.)

It’s a little snowperson wearing a scarf! And a little elf wearing a scarf!

If you’re a fan of reindeer, you’ll appreciate this ornament and this hat.

If stars are more your style, try hanging these little stars or this knit-and-felted star garland in your home.

What? You prefer mini stockings? Look for further! Here’s a mini stocking for you . . . and an even mini-er mini stocking!

And while we’re on a “mini” theme, don’t miss this mini Santa hat ornament.

I love these little pine tree-shaped sachets, too, and think it would be great fun to fill them with all sorts of nice-smelling stuff. The folks at the Purl Bee do come up with some nifty patterns. I just wish they didn’t usually use the most expensive yarn on the planet for them.

For years I’ve saved wine corks, thinking I’d do something crafty with them. These little korknisser are one option. I made one of these a couple of years ago with Lamb’s Pride bulky. It looked great, but it wasn’t easy to knit these tiny things with such thick yarn. The one I made sits out on an end table during the holidays, though Sylvia often co-opts it for her toy bin.

7 Responses to “Free lunch: Christmas knitting”

  1. Jen Andersonon 05 Jul 2011 at 1:28 am

    I use worsted for my korknisses. I even did 150 of them as favors for my brother’s wedding last year. I took a break from knitting them after that, but people keep giving me corks, so I’ll get back to it at some point.

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  3. Marshaon 10 Jul 2011 at 11:35 am

    @Jen: I remember reading your blog posts about that project. I think your brother owes you big-time. :)

  4. Bethon 10 Jul 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I love the stocking with the dinosaur and guitar.
    Thanks for sharing lots of great Christmas patterns.

  5. Marshaon 11 Jul 2011 at 8:25 pm

    @Beth: Are you going to knit it? I’m half-tempted to make one and call the guitar a ukulele. :)

  6. Jeanon 25 Jul 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Christmas knitting already?! You are most prepared and I am impressed. (OMG the kitty’s getting bigger!)

  7. Marshaon 26 Jul 2011 at 8:14 am

    @Jean: Thanks, but you give me too much credit: just because I’m thinking about Christmas knitting doesn’t mean I’m actually DOING any yet!