Not really, but Christmas comes early for knitters, given that it’s hard to start knitting your Christmas gifts on December 24th. Not that many knitters haven’t tried. To help you get an early start, A Great Yarn has knitted up a couple of terrific garments for children of every age that are certain to produce squeals of joy when they are discovered under the Christmas tree.
Have You Ever Wanted To Be A Mermaid!
Last year A Great Yarn leveraged the knitting genius of Jean Williams (with assistance from pattern designer Angie Hartley) to give all current and future mermaids the chance to snuggle up in their very own “mermaid lapaghan” while reading a book or watching television. The pattern can easily be modified to work for toddlers up to teens.
A Great Yarn’s favorite local artist Pati Duvall then created the perfect stage for displaying Jean Williams’ masterpiece. Pati’s young girl reading “Charlotte’s Web” while snuggling within the warm confines of Jean’s mermaid tail was a huge hit, and we know more than a hundred daughters, grand-daughters and great grand-daughters who awoke on Christmas morning to find the Mermaid Lapaghan waiting under the tree.
If you haven’t made a mermaid lapaghan yet give it a try. It’s easy, and guaranteed to be an instant hit, and a keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.
The Unicorns Are Coming!! The Unicorns Are Coming!!
This year’s “project de résistance” began with Melissa Pascarelli’s discovery of the “Unicorn Hood” pattern by one of our favorite designers, Heidi May. Melissa handed her inspiration off to A Great Yarn’s resident whirling dervish – Antonia DaSilva’s – who knitted up Heidi’s Unicorn Hood in a couple of days.
The final leg of the relay was again run by Pati, who delivered another sensational creation: a little girl wearing a white turtleneck and a pair of Oshkosh B’gosh overalls, and crowned by her Unicorn Hood.
Regular visitors to A Great Yarn will quickly realize that the model for Pati’s artistry was none other than Antonia herself, whose mother Sharon was kind enough to give us a picture of her daughter.
Well done Melissa, Antonia and Pati! With a helping hand from Heidi May!!
This Fancy Cowl
And if you really do wait until the last minute to start your Christmas knitting, consider Antonia’s “The Fancy Cowl.” It’s another simple but elegant garment that can be made quickly using a single skein of Biltmore’s luscious Alpaca Tweed, and a single skein of any of Danielle McEachern’s hand-crafted offerings from This Fancy Yarn. And for good measure you can add one of Kami Wilson’s felted flowers.