So, since Dena wanted a little mini sock to hold her shuttle, I knit her a purple one. I'm sending her a purple shuttle (from Anika's shop here) to go inside it because, well, when I saw that purple shuttle I knew Dena needed it. (She is crazy about purple). I knit myself a soft and colorful little sock because I still like that yarn - I have a pair of socks for myself that I knit out of it here.
So, first to answer a few questions:
Caseymini - I'll email you a pattern.
Kathy Niklewicz - I have heard of Althea Crome and I think her work is AMAZING. (For those of you not familiar with her, do check out Bugknits and be amazed yourself.) I can't begin to knit that small - six complete sweaters on her finger? for real? - because my eyes just aren't that good anymore.
For these little mini socks I used regular sock yarn - all of it leftover from socks I've knit for myself or my family. When I knit socks for myself, I use a size 1 or 2 so the stitches will be tight and firm. I knit all of these on a size 3 so they'd be loose, squishy soft and stretchy.
Jane - you asked for it, you got it.
Isdihara - I haven't seen Lynne Gillies knit stockings or sock monkeys. Dena and I tried to see the tiny sock monkey on Facebook but couldn't. Do you have another link? I have seen a mini monkey on ravelry and it is adorable. Again, too small for my old eyes to enjoy knitting.
Ok, on to the winners . . . .
please email me your snail mail addresses and I'll get these in the mail.
Yes, that's right . . . everyone who wanted one is getting a mini shuttle sock. Well, all but one.
Jane Eborall is getting a mini shuttle mitten because she likes to be different.
Here is the whole mess of them - mine and Dena's, Jane's mitten and a whole lotta mini socks.
And Kathy and Isdihara - here is about the smallest knitting I really want to do. This little sock was knit on size 0000 needles with regular sock yarn. It would be smaller if I had knit it with lace weight yarn or tatting thread.
When I was a young girl (fourth or fifth grade) my Mother knit on straight pins, the 1" long ones used for sewing using sewing thread instead of yarn. It was for a history project where I dressed my barbie doll as a settler and built her a covered wagon. I still have the dress, but not the knitting. That was crazy small knitting.