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Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Little Christmas for Tatting Friends

Dena and I were chatting on Skype or Oovoo one day while we read some of our favorite blogs and we saw someone had a knitted mini-stocking.  Update - we found the shuttle stockings on Gina's blog - Threads of a Tatting Goddess on this post.   (Neither of us can remember for the life of us which blog we saw them on or the context - sorry.)  We started talking about the little stockings and how perfectly they would fit a tatting shuttle and since I had a few I knitted years ago I decided to test them out.  

Yep!  They are perfect for covering up and protecting those shuttles that might be prone to scratching - like the blinged shuttles.  Dena suggested I put one in the tatting exchange gift I was preparing, so I knit one and popped it in with that gift.  Then Dena had an even greater idea!  What if I knit a half a dozen more and we gave them out to the folks who read our blog?  

So that's just what we are going to do.  I knit half a dozen in various colors and sizes.  A couple of these will comfortably hold larger shuttles (not Tatsy sized, but Dyamnondwood sized and maybe Starlit).  You do have to be careful with picks and hooks, just put them in with that pointing out the opening and all is well.  The shuttles in this photo are just for size comparison - they are mine and are staying here (except the purple one next to the purple mini sock which is from Anika's shop and is heading out west to live with Dena).

All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and I'll enter your name in the drawing.  If you prefer a specific mini sock, say that too and maybe a second choice as well.  As I draw names, if your first choice hasn't already been taken, it is yours.  There are six little mini stockings and since we've never had more than ten comments on any one post, you have an excellent chance to win a hand knit mini sock shuttle protector!  I will leave this open until Friday, December 16th - that will give me time to mail the mini socks and have them reach their new homes before Christmas.  I make no guarantees that Santa will stuff them with a shuttle if you hang them by the fireplace with care!

We put up our tree today.  This is the first year that it was really just my husband and I putting it up.  It felt kind of weird.  My younger daughter was here, but after helping drag boxes out of the basement, she abandoned the effort.  It is up now and even has presents under it.  (The strange bottom of this tree is thanks to Phillips new 'cool' lights which I hate but they were the only non-colored lights I could find in the store.)

This shot is for Girl Far From Home - should she read this blog (which would shock me beyond belief.)  When she was little, we used to go to The Festival Of Trees held here in Atlanta as a fundraiser by a children's hospital every year.  There was a 'Secret Santa' shop there where only the kids could go shopping.  A helper would come get the kids, their money and a list of who they needed to buy gifts for and take them through the shop where they would find things for everyone on their list that they could afford.  At the end of the shop, all the presents were wrapped for the kids and then put in a bag so that parents never knew what had been purchased until Christmas Day.  Girl Far From Home has always known how much I love Santa, so when she found these Santa Candles (on a tray complete with snow that I've never used), she knew they were perfect for me.  I think it might be the best present I've ever gotten from her (no, she made me a Christmas album one year that's right up there).  Anyway, both girls always got really great presents for everyone from that Secret Santa Shop.  I'm sad that the Festival is no more.


16 comments:

Dena said...

I would like to win one because you never shared the pattern with me so that I could knit my own mini stocking

Caseymini said...

What a great idea! I love the little shuttle socks. I especially like the two end ones on the top row. I also would be interested in the pattern. Very cute!Oh and yes. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

What fun! I would love to be entered in your drawing! I hope I have Internet by the time you announce the winners. Keeping up with blogs and email on my phone is getting very tedious! It's been a week now. Woe is me. :-/

Michelle said...

Adorable! I'm in, please. I like the fiesta colored one! But I like all of them so if someone else has a strong opinion, I can happily be second. : )

Kathy Niklewicz said...

What cool little socks! LOVE the two at the top!!! Put my name in! I can't imagine how you knit these. I'm sure you're aware of Althea Crome, who does the most incredible 'miniature' knitting on the thinnest needles/wires. What thread or thin yarn did you use?

Your tree is a good example of the difference betweem normal lights and LED 'cool white' (blue) lights. They say they make a 'warm white' type, but I still prefer the normal clear lights. but they getting more difficult to find, much to my dismay. But your tree is impressive anyway! We still have a Festival of Trees in our area.

H J Hess said...

Your shuttle mini-stockings are so cute. What a sweet idea for keeping shuttles warm and cozy. The color combinations are lovely.
Hope you have a Merry Christmas.
By the way, no need to enter me for the drawing; my shuttles usually go 'au naturel'.

Happy Bluebird said...

Count me in on the drawing! Cute, cute, cute little shuttle socks. I have no preference - they are all darling :)

tatting-marie said...

Love the idea that you came up with. The stockings for shuttles is great! Please put my name in the hat for the drawing. Happy Holidays!

Val said...

What a neat idea – a sock for a shuttle! Pls put my name in your hat. All the socks look so pretty!

Jane Eborall said...

That's a great idea. How about some gloves next or mittens!!!!

Gina said...

I already have a shuttle sock that I got a few years ago. They're so cute!

Sharon D. said...

What a great idea and they are so cute. Would love to win one.

Isdihara said...

Your shuttle mini-stockings are so cute. Have you seen Lynne Gillies' tiny knit stockings, elf booties or mini sock monkeys? So cute!

Here is a FB image of a tiny sock monkey: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1209476322069&set=a.1209475522049.29163.1383554379&type=3&theater

Please enter me in your lovely drawing. I see you have received more than 10 comments, so hurray for happy holiday giveaway love.

And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone at Stitching 'n' Knitting!

Dena said...

I am not really in the contest because Teresa IS going to share the pattern with me.
Isdahara - can you give me more information on where to see the little monkey socks - the link doesn't take me there

Bonnie said...

What a fun way to carry shuttles to and fro.

Bett said...

Those are too cute! I would love to win one.
Thanks.