Christmas Knits

We draw names in our family...which is the very best thing ever! Nobody really NEEDS anything, but by drawing names everyone gets a little special something on Christmas morning. Part of our family lives very far from us, so really, the best present, would just be togetherness on Christmas. Since that cannot always happen like we'd wish...we pick names and share gifts. My favorites are handmade.

August Winding Making Yarn Cakes Making Progress

Yellow Hank Yellow Cake

My little August picked his Grandpa's name for Christmas. Since he is three he painted a beautiful watercolor for him and Mama 'helped' him knit a Green Bay Packers hat. He played his role - he made the hanks of yarn into yarn cakes. He loves using that swift and ball winder. Usually, if we avoid a nasty tangle, it is helpful. Grandpa Jeff really loves the Green Bay Packers as a Wisconsin Native I suppose that is more of a responsibility.

Spinning Green Green Duty Green Cake

The yarns were such vibrant colors I wasn't sure how I would like them together, and I guess when you love the packers - you'll love a bright green and bright yellow hat.

Under the Tree Sweet Little Gift

I made it the good old fashioned ribbed way - just the way I like hats and I used the same yarn that I love. It is Shepard's Wool and so soft! I recently heard that it pills up when you wash it, so far I haven't washed any of it, so I am not speaking from experience, just from the word around the yarn shop. Simon and Gus's hats are holding up really well and I suppose they are nearly a year old now, still soft as ever and in really great shape.

I cast on 96 stitches for this hat, just to be sure it would be big enough, and it fit on Shane's head, so it ought to be big enough, no offense love. I just k2, p2 the whole way around until it was big enough. I even used Grandpa Dave aka Santa as a model/tester.

Santa Oh Santa

If it makes Santa happy it ought to make anyone happy. Maybe Grandpa Jeff will send usĀ  a photo of himself in the hat? Merry Christmas Dad!


Swift and Ball Winder

New Swift

I decided to take the plunge. I don't mind visiting my favorite local knitting shops to convert my hanks to something more easy to work with. But, since I order yarn online quite frequently I decided I wanted to have the means to make my very own yarn cakes whenever I darn well please! Don't get me wrong I adore the winder that I used to take complete advantage of, but this made a lot more sense to me. So I got myself a pretty pine swift and got myself a ball winder to go along with it. My kids are having more fun with it than me. The swift attached nicely to my yarn cubby and we just put the ball winder on the little table from our store.

Watch Out Yarn Making Cake Action Winder

It is very easy to move around so it doesn't get in the way, it is easy to store the swift and winder away whenever we want to, but oh so nice to be able to take them out whenever the need arises. This little guy takes his yarn cakes very seriously!

Spinning Swift with Yarn Speedy Swift

In case some of you might not know what the heck this all means you untie a hank of yarn and open it up around a swift (they come in an array of different sizes and styles). You find the ends and pull one of them over to a ball winder (or just use your fingers).

Ball Winder

You just turn the crank on the ball winder and the swift spins about while the yarn winds up really nicely. I like to make pretty little cakes and that is precisely what this ball winder will make for you.

Yarn Cake

Mmm that is a delicious looking cake! I'm going to use this cake to start my sweater! It is in the very very beginning stages...pretty exciting! Wish me luck.

Happy Knitting!