When we brought home a new ornament for Quinn’s first Christmas, I noticed something:
He’d rather chew it than watch it dangle somewhere above his head. Surprise.
The store-bought, knit star had 3 glued-on wooden buttons. Gorgeous touch. Nice choking hazard. Plan B.
I decided to knit a star for my little reindeer (here he is…)
…Dasher, Dancer, Prancer…and Cuteypie.
Anyway, I decided to knit a star for Cuteypie the Reindeer to chew to his heart’s content. I found a very easy online pattern. Here’s the link:
If you’re a knitter, eat your heart out! You can make this pattern any way you want, using any yarn weight and needle gauge to produce your desired size. I made Quinn’s with left over worsted weight in three shades of blue:
The star tips and center are made with a mock bullion stitch, borrowed from crochet. The stuffing is an old sweater, cut into small pieces. If I make another one for a baby, I’ll use a lighter weight yarn. But this one came out so beautiful, I have no regrets.
This, by the way, was made during our hurricane-inspired night-time reading sessions. Yesterday’s post will tell you all about that if you missed it.
What could be better than a handmade gift? But there’s no reason for putting away your crafting things just because Christmas is over…
The whole winter stretches out ahead of us, beckoning with hot chocolate fingers: make something new!
I’ve already started making individual star pieces with fingering weight yarn, lace-like and delicate. These will become a wall hanging for our bare, echo-ey dining room. Something to warm it up and give it that homey, artsy touch I love so much. I’m just making a bucket-full of them and seeing what comes out.
Do you have any interesting winter projects going on or coming up? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Have a wonderful, warm day. 🙂