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‘Twas The (Knitter’s) Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas and I was still knitting
The family was sleeping and there I was sitting;
The hand knit stockings were hung on the chimney with care
Hope no one noticed the cupboards were bare.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of mittens danced in their heads;
Still dressed in old sweats, yarn in my lap,
I hurried on to finish the last knitted cap.

When out from the closet there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the storage I flew like a flash,
Threw open the door and confronted my stash.

The yarn on the floor was like new-fallen snow,
Better shove it in quick so the husband won’t know.
When what to my bloodshot eyes should appear,
But the Knitting Fairy who said, “Have no fear!”

What a quick little knitter, so lively and fast,
She did the knitting while all I did was cast.
More rapid than eagles her stitches they came,
She knitted, she purled and called the yarn by name:

“On,Trekking! On, HiKoo! On, Noro! On, Bliss!
On, Regia! On, Opal! Not one skein was missed.
To the top of the stash! Get every last ball!
We can’t give a gift purchased at the mall!”

Her needles how they sparkled! Her stitches just right!
We knitted together all through the night.
Hats, scarves, shawls, socks and a sweater;
My knitting projects had never looked better!

She spoke not a word, head bent over her work,
And knit all the yarn with her magical “circ”.
My projects were done, they were perfectly sized;
Each one an heirloom sure to be prized!

She picked up her needles and gave me a wink,
The fairy dust flew, she was gone in a blink.
But I heard her exclaim as she darted from sight,
“HAPPY KNITTING TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!”

Michelle Hunter
Copyright 2008

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Bobbles – Japanese version

This tidy little 3-stitch bobble is found in many Japanese patterns. It uses the Central Double Decrease at its conclusion for a neat appearance. Try it and compare to other bobbles – this may become your new favorite!

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Knitting Retreat in Northeast Ohio!

colorwork

Join me on a fun-filled knitting weekend in Austintown, Ohio as a guest of The Flaming Ice Cube!  We will explore colorwork knitting and many of the beautiful patterns possible with 2 and 3 colors of yarn.  Become an expert at handling multiple yarns as you create designs that only look difficult to execute.  At the retreat, knitters will begin to knit a sampler baby afghan that is based on my upcoming new book.  You will leave the weekend with lots of inspiration and knitting know-how.  I  hope to knit with you!

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New Beginnings

I was recently teaching a skill building class where a knitter was grumbling about having to unknit a row after realizing she had made a mistake in the stitch pattern. Everyone in the class agreed that they hated making mistakes – all except for Katy. Katy smiled sweetly and proclaimed, “I think of every row as a new beginning. I just keep on knitting.” The class howled with laughter!

While most people strive for perfection, Katy just enjoys the process and knits for the pleasure of it. Her work is just like her – fresh, unique and fun! I love her positive perspective!!

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Thank you, Grandma!

My new book, Building Blocks, is dedicated to my grandmother who taught me to knit as a young girl.  I can still see her care worn hands guiding me through each stitch.  At 95 years young, Grandma knits daily and shows no signs of slowing down.  At Christmas, I surprised Grandma with the first copy of the book.  My usually stoic grandmother read the dedication with tears streaming down her face.  For me, that was the best gift of all!

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Tubular Cast On – k2, p2

A nearly invisible cast on for k2, p2 ribbing.

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