I'm not a knitter, but I know a little elf that has been very busy in theDandelion Workshop.
Nicolette's knitting needles have been getting a workout the last couple of weeks! She became interested in knitting a couple of years ago and with the help of a friend and a Knitting book by Anne Akers Johnson called Knitting ( for ages 10 and up) she was on her way! A friend showed her how to cast on and off and the book helped her with the basic's of winding her yarn into a ball, tying a slip knot, hand position, casting on, knitting, purling, casting off, and other nitty-gritty details!
She was determined to learn on her own and spent many evening hours up in her room on her bed studying her " knitting bible"!
In true Nicolette fashion, she was knitting in no time and I can't say enough about how well done this book is.. It truly is easy to follow and makes learning so much more fun! I wish I had taken a photo of the first hats she made. We visited my brothers out west in November of 2007 and one of them ( along with his wife) loves to hunt. When we returned home she decided that they needed something warm and bright to wear that would make them more visible to other hunters. Off we went to our local craft store ( no fancy yarn shops just yet ) to find the perfect color and gage... She chose a very bright red and a large gage yarn and went about knitting them the most adorable matching chunky red stocking caps.
She was inspired by one of the 6 simple projects this nifty little book has to offer. The Pocket Purse.
I hadn't noticed the 100% KLUTZ certified stamp up in the right hand corner on the cover until I started this post! This little gem also got the Best Book Award from Oppenheim Toy Portfolio too!
Who knows I may just learn to knit after all!
Don't be shy now... tell us what you're stitching up for your loved ones?