Thursday, October 15, 2009

best $20 ever spent

I treated myself to the Knit Picks ornament kit:  6 skeins of fingering weight wool yarn, plus a booklet of ornament patterns.  Just the addition of six skeins of yarn to my life is a thrill worth more than $20, and not just for me: Joseph has been using them as blocks, pillows, rocks, whatever.

These lights used up only a tiny amount of yarn.  It looks like there's more than enough yarn in the kit to outfit several trees in lights, balls, garlands, candy canes, birds, pickles, etc.  This will probably satisfy my holiday-crafting needs for quite a while.
All the ornaments are knit using size 2 needles, which is a bit of a headache, but it's not like I'm knitting a sweater or a blanket.  The ornaments work up fast enough because they're super tiny:  each "light" is only about an inch long. 

Of course the real attraction is that hand knit ornaments are more child-safe than your usual ornaments--nothing to choke, stab, electrocute, or otherwise injure a busy toddler.

Next up is a cranberry & popcorn garland.   Whee!


Not Hannah said...

I so want to learn to knit, but every time I sit down to do it, I get confused. I think I need somebody to sit me down and show me instead of reading it in a book.
These are adorable, btw, and I want some. In fact, I want a toboggan with those winding around it. And dangling from it. Oooh, or stitched onto a scarf.


Karen said...

Thanks! Yes, the world needs to be festooned in handknit garlands of lights. I learned to knit by watching videos on

Anonymous said...

I was looking at that kit the other day. I may have to order it. Those ornaments are super cute.

Amanda, Jake, and Parker Patow said...

Kara and I were just talking about wanting to learn to knit and/or crochet. Can you do both? What is your favorite, why?

I love these 'lights'!!! So cool.