I made my swatches with thick wool yarn (Traub Rya Wolle), and some of these I intend to felt. In any case they make lovely Christmas tree ornaments, or tags for presents, with no need for other wrapping paper than old newspapers. With thick yarn, whether felted or unfelted, they are suitable for childrens' play, who can arrange them into their own little town or a farmyard. One could even make a simple memory game with them.
I’m of course interested in some feedback here, and as people tend to comment in private Emails or on Ravelry, I’d like to encourage written comments anywhere here on the blog by a contest. A little Christmas present is waiting for one of you. One of the written comments received here until 31st December will be randomly chosen, and the author will be awarded with these two 100g skeins of a soft silky singles yarn from Traub (50% mulberry silk/50% merino wool), that I had used in my soft silky hat:
(The yellow is in reality a yellowish light green colour.)
The winner will be announced here on the first day of next year. So please check back to see whether it is you, so that I can arrange delivery to you.
I will describe how to make the little shapes during next week. To familiarise yourself with the technique of the stitch patterns I recommend reading the “instructions”.
Have a nice season. Remember that knitting is much more relaxing and rewarding than shopping. (Well, you might have to buy yarn, I know…)