Friday, November 5, 2010

In through the front door,

Run around the back,
Out through the window,
And off jumps Jack.

Youngest (8yrs) has been wanting to learn to "knit for real" for a more spool knitting.  And his face lit up when I told him I'd teach him.  Within 30 minutes he was reciting a shortened version of the poem ("in the front, around back, out the window, off jumps Jack") in his head while working very seriously on his stitches. 
And he was Q-U-I-E-T!  Which is saying something because he's a top-volume motor-mouth, lol!

I broke my own personal rule for buying knitting books by getting this it doesn't contain very many projects that I want to make.  My saving grace is that I had a 33% off coupon. 
And that cute yellow cup?  I've liked them for a veeery long time and they're now 75% off at Borders!

BUT, those little hearts on the cover had me!
And I just knew they'd make cute Christmas ornaments!

The 2010-handmade-holiday-gift-production-line has officially begun.
And those little hearts are just rolling off the line!
They are so fun and sweet...
and they make the book purchase totally worth it!

I'm doing mine with worsted weight wool and size 9 needles.
Finished size after felting; approx 3"x3"

Happy Weekend!!!


KarenV said...

I saw that book on Ann's (Beadlework) blog and the hearts just hooked me straight away! I'm trying to persuade DH to get it for me as a Christmas present, but I might have to indulge myself - the hearts you've done so far look great!

Casa Pearl said...

Those are so adorable. I've been on a book and magazine diet too because I have so many I've not delved into yet but this might just make me cheat!

Denise said...

Cue the music - wait, is there a song that talks about helping Santa make toys? If not, there should be!

Those hearts are SO worth the purchase price of the book!

How many do you plan to make?
Smiles - Denise

Hazel said...

Gorgeous hearts! It is very sweet seeing your son knitting. x

Lisa P said...

Hi Staci!

I love those hearts and that gingham ribbon...oh makes me just smile!

I noticed my pumpkin set in your sidebar. I still can't believe I was so luck to receive those. I actually have them in my stitching bag on the floor beside me right this minute!

Hope you have a good weekend!!

Lisa P in Ohio

Anonymous said...

The little heart is adorable!

Glad to hear you are growing your own knitting partner. Good luck to your son with his first project.

Theresa said...

Awww~ your son is so sweet!!! He would be a great knitting companion~~

I love those hearts!!!!! They are adorable, and would make great gifts!!!!!

Roberta said...

Hi Staci, how nice to see your son knitting, I taught both of my children to knit, crochet, cross stitch and to sew. I hope your son keeps it up and continues to enjoy the knitting.

The hearts are just darling - may have to go and buy that book!!! way too cute.

valerie said...

Beautiful hearts! They look fun to make. How sweet your son wanted to learn to knit!

Virginia said...

Oh man... Borders... Christmas... They have the *tackiest* Christmas stuff evah, and I LOVE it. I have numerous glitter raindeer (one in fuchsia glitter with a black and silver glittery feather boa) and this year they have glitter CAMELS! I want. So much. My husband might divorce me.

(oh, and the hearts you're making are cool too)

Cindy's Stitching said...

OH I bet he will be a good little knitter. The hearts are adorable. the best gifts are the homemade ones.

Ann said...

I had to smile when I saw the book - I just took delivery of it this last week and it was the hearts that drew me to it. The one you've knitted looks just great.

Michelle said...

The knitted hearts are so sweet. Michelle x

Siobhan said...

Agh--isn't it hard trying to not buy books?? Good for you for giving in. You can look at it as a tool for Christmas gifts rather than a bit of stash. ;) Love the hearts. Congrats on teaching your youngest to knit!! YGG!

JelliDonut said...

::sigh:: I guess I'm making a trip to the bookstore. Those hearts just drove me crazy with their cuteness. I plan on blaming you if I get caught bringing ANOTHER knitting book into the house.

Daffycat said...

Those are ADORABLE Christmas hearts, Staci!

Karen said...

Those hearts are so cute! Kudos on your new knitter!

Nancy said...

I love the hearts Staci! They will look beautiful on a Christmas tree. Congratulations to your youngest for learning to knit!

Crazee4books said...

Hi Staci,

How cute!! It's amazing to me
how something knitted can turn
into that fuzzy, sweet heart
shape. Magic!!

These would be great attached
to Christmas parcels.

How cool that your youngest is
learning to knit and is really
getting into it. Think he'll
want to try cross stitching

He couldn't ask for a better
or more experienced teacher.

Have a great weekend Staci.


Lois said...

Love the hearts! Congrats on teaching your son to knit! There'll be no stopping him now!

Melissa said...

It must be in the genes, Staci, that your 8yr is stitching! Wow. I'm so impressed.

I love the red hearts - so pretty!

Tessa said...

I think the purchase was worth it - your hearts are just gorgeous :)

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

Yay for another new knitter! My boys both learned to knit, and I think 8 is a great age for it. Well done.

The hearts are super cute!

Brigitte said...

Those little hearts are a real treat. I always love to see your Christmas gift production roll on.

Nicole said...

So cute!! My son wanted to learn how to knit - I got him some crazy rainbow yarn to make a hat and when we got home he said "Can you make it for me?" Yeah, that lasted long! Hope your son sticks with it longer than mine!! :)

Love those hearts!! So cute!!

Sally said...

Those are adorable!

Someone at church asked me the other day if I would teach the "young gals" there to knit. I said I would, but I have never done something like that before. Maybe I'll learn that verse and teach it that way like you did your son. It looks like he's well on his way.

Julie said...

WTG little man!

Cute little hearts, so adorable

Michele said...

that is soo cool that your youngest is learning to knit! can't wait to see his finished piece :)

love that coffee mug! great deal too :)

oh those hearts are lovely :)

WendyJo said...

Those hearts are so cute!!

Judy S. said...

I LOVE anything with hearts. Might have to check out that book... Your knitting verse is great; I'll have to try that with the antepartum ladies. Thanks. Do you have any tricks for the "out the window" step? That's where most of my ladies have difficulty if they aren't particularly adept with their hands. Check out the free penguin pattern; it's a fast project!

Kathy said...

Love your heart ornaments! They are adorable.

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Srinity said...

Those heart ornaments are so pretty and cute! The book was totally worth buying just for them.

Great to hear that you son is starting his knitting career. :) In no time he'll be knitting his own caps and mittens.

I love that scarf you blogged about in your previous entry. The colours is just perfect shade of red.

Jackie said...

I'm so happy to see a new knitter! Tell your son we're excited that he's learning to knit.