‘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,

Michelle Hunter
Copyright 2008

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  1. Anne Marie
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    AND she’s a poet! The many talents of Michelle! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Posted October 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    This is just wonderful! I am newly subscribed to your blog and really enjoying it!

  3. Posted October 26, 2012 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Welcome and happy knitting!

  4. Posted December 25, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    I do trust all the ideas you have introduced to your post. They are very convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are too quick for starters. May just you please lengthen them a little from next time? Thank you for the post.

  5. kim
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    You are so fun! Merry Christmas! I knit my ladies hats and cowls that they loved and I have you to thank for all the tech support ! I’m going to read this to my family today.
    Happy New Year

  6. Posted December 26, 2012 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Happy New Year and Happy Knitting to you!

  7. Carol Bajor
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Perfect ode to knitting! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year! Using your block blanket book and love it and your excellent videos.

  8. Posted December 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Happy New Year and Happy Knitting to you!

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