Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Knitter's Kris Kringle

My kids love to do Secret Santas with each other. I encourage them to make things when they can but it isn't a requirement. If they choose to purchase a gift, it should be something small and simple.

This year, The Professor pulled Sunshine's name in the draw. Everyone knows they can get her a new skein of yarn and make her Christmas bright but he decided to try his hand at a little crafting after I showed him this ornament Kelly had pinned on Pinterest. I think it turned out great. He chose the yarn from our yarn box and wrapped it himself. I helped him cut the skewers and glue on the beads (hot glue).

FYI... he used a styrofoam ball ornament instead of a glass ball ornament like the original poster used. He also wanted to make her a CD. Last year he made a mix-CD of Christmas song for Shortcake. We set about looking for songs that have to do with yarn or knitting and these are the only 7 we came up with. If you know of any others that are appropriate for a young lady, please let me know.

Yarn Washing Girl (Huan Sha Nv) by Xu Hong (instrumental)
Doozer Knitting Song by Fraggle Rock
Knitting by Arthur Askey
The Knitting Song by Sophie Madeleine
Knitting Class by Nancy Wilson/Jimmy Heath
Weave the Yarn by Mary Knickle (a fun little Irish jig)
Flourescent Scraps of Yarn by Laurel Brauns

Mary G. found another one:
Knit One, Purl Two by Glen Miller


  1. Now here's a surprise ... I LOVE this post and the ornament and wish he was my Secret Santa! Excellent idea and great job ...

  2. This is excellent! We have an avid crocheter in the house...I just may have to make this for her!

  3. That is so neat, what made you come up with that idea?
    Have a very merry Christmas!

  4. I mentioned in the post that I saw the idea on Pinterest. The link is there too.

  5. I LOVE it! The Professor did a fantastic job! Any knitter would love a brother that was so thoughtful….I know I would. :) I think this is something Sunshine will remember for years to come. Oh, and I really like the styrofoam ball idea instead of the glass. Super cute yarn color, too.

    I can't get over how cleaver it was to come up with a knitters music mix, too! I got a real kick out of the Doozer Knitting Song. Great mix of songs. I also liked Weave the Yarn. I'm a sucker for Irish jigs.

  6. Kelly,
    So is she! I'm betting Weave the Yarn will be her favorite. I was kind of disappointed we couldn't find more like it!

  7. She is going to LOVE it! Professor did a wonderful job!!

  8. Here's one Glen Miller took to the top 10 during WW2 (and appropriately titled "Knit One, Purl Two"):

  9. Here's a post I found on Ravelry ... the lady that posted it "collects" songs that mention knitting:
    Purl Jam 2007

    Ingrid Michaelson "The Way I Am"
    Bjork "Unravel"
    Yo La Tengo "Autumn Sweater"
    Bob Dylan "Tombstone Blues"
    Mewithoutyou "In a Sweater Poorly Knit"
    The Ramones "Needles & Pins"
    Alice Cooper "Tag, You’re It"
    Fraggle Rock "Knitting Song"
    Weezer "Undone"
    Michael de Hey "Another Sweater"

    Purl Jam II 2009

    "Striped Sweater" Spongebob Squarepants
    "Lovefool" The Cardigans
    "The Hat" Ingrid Michaelson
    "The Sweater" Meryn Cadell
    "Tire Swing" Kimya Dawson
    "You’re My Flame" Zero 7
    "Going Slightly Mad" Queen
    "Split Needles" The Shins
    "The Eraser" Thom Yorke
    "Never Not Knitting" Theme Song
    "When I’m 64" The Beatles

    You might need to vet some of these ...

  10. Don't you just LOVE pinterest!!! That is such a cute idea!!


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