Sunday, December 8, 2013

Knitting Ornmaents

On the way to visit my Mother at her nursing home yesterday I got a brilliant idea.  An ornament for my knitting friends.  I belong to a knitting group.  We meet approximately every other Friday during the school year.  These are a lovely group of women.  Really I haven't met many knitter's or people who crochet who aren't lovely.  This Friday we are having an ornament exchange.  I thought I'd make a little something for everyone.  I already had most of the items I would need on hand.  So when I got home from that visit, I got out my supplies and got to work.


You will need:
Styrofoam balls, tooth picks, wooden beads, pins, superglue, ribbon, Christmas ornament hooks and odds and ends of yarn.


To make your little knitting needles just glue the wooden beads (or any beads you desire) to the ends of the toothpicks.  My toothpicks had a blunt end, if yours don't just cut off the ends, and use a  nail file to file away any rough edges.
 

Wrap the Styrofoam ball with yarn, making sure to cover the entire ball.  I would think white yarn would make this a lot easier, but colors are fun too.  It is a great way to use up little bits and bobs of your stash.


Be sure your Styrofoam ball isn't too big, it will dwarf your home made little knitting needles.
 

Cut off a  piece of ribbon, secure the ribbon and the end of your yarn with a pin. You can just see the pin hiding at the base of the ribbon.  Insert your knitting needles after they are dry, add a hook and you are ready to go.  Super easy, but super cute.


The only thing I had to buy for this little project was the glue and the hooks.  So it was inexpensive, too!


My Christmas tree is not up yet so you get a picture of them hanging from the light over my kitchen table.  What knitting friend wouldn't want these?  I think they are fun.  Knitting ornaments are a great way to spread some knitting love, don't you think?

Hope you give it a try.

50 comments:

moonstruckcreations said...

These are fab Meredith, will have to try to give these a go!

Helenxx

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh, yes! They are adorable! Have a nice day! Twyla

Mrs. C said...

Love them! Cute idea! :)

Shari LeBlanc said...

What a great idea....aren't you just a clever little thing! Everyone will love them!!!
Hugs

Linda Gilbert said...

Well I wish I belonged to your knitting group. These ornaments are so pretty. I hope you found your mum well

kathyinozarks said...

these are just too adorable-the ladies will just love them.
hugs for you and your Mom, I will be calling my Mom this afternoon
Kathy

kristieinbc said...

Those are a great idea! I'm sure your knitting friends will love them!

Hannapat said...

This is such a clever idea and I love it!! I might need to borrow this idea, it really is fabulous dear! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Hope you have a wonderful week xoxo

Dee said...

They are perfect! :-)

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

They are adorable! What a lovely idea and so perfect for the knitting person on the list. They are going to love them.

Jen

WildflowerWool said...

I am going to do this! They are super cute!!

WildflowerWool said...

Hope you don't mind but I shared your blog on Wildflower Wool's facebook page so more Knitters can see your decorations :)

Ana BC said...

These yarn ornaments are so cute!!! teh yarn looks lovely

Kris said...

Oh my gosh, bless your heart and liver Meredith!!! I have my knitting/crochet group meeting on Friday next week!!! I have been racking my brain about what to make for each of them!! A little something!! Bingo, bango, bongo!!! I am SO doing this! They are adorable!!! THANK YOU for sharing!!!!!!!
XO Kris

Acorn to Oak said...

Very cute and they look like fun to make. I love little projects like that. Especially when I already have everything I need. Have fun at the ornament exchange! :-)

CJ said...

They're fantastic! Love your kitchen light as well, it's beautiful. I do envy you your knitting group (have I said that before..?) I wish I could find one that I could go to.

Teresa Kasner said...

Great idea and beautifully done! I might try that, but I would have to go get the little styrofoam balls.. but who doesn't love an excuse to go to the craft store? You're so sweet!

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*M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
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((hugs)), Teresa :-)

♥´¯`•.¸¸.Linda Dawn´¯`•.¸¸.♥ said...

What a brilliant idea, I just love those tiny knitting pins xx

linda said...

How cute! they are lovely Meredith. :)

Toni said...

Adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer said...

They are an adorable and very thougtful gift for your knitting ladies!

Teresa said...

Those are so cute! I bet they will love them! Easy project that looks great!

Chrissie said...

These are the cutest ornaments *ever*!!! I simply must make some for my knitting friends, thank you sooo much for sharing this brilliant idea! Gosh, I love Blogland and all it's stupendous inspiration! Chrissie x

Mrs. Micawber said...

You're a genius! These are adorable ... and I really like that kitchen light too. :)

gaia said...

What a brilliant idea! They are so cute!:)

Faith said...

Mrs macawber is right, you are a genius....brilliant idea! I would like to go to a knitting group, but there aren't many around this area....

We put up our tree this weekend, and our house is looking a bit more festive now, I do love Christmas!

Joyful said...

Those are cute little ornaments. Like you I still don't have my tree decorated though I have set it up now. I did put up a few decorations the other day and hope to decorate the tree soon. Happy decorating. xx

Heldasland said...

So cute. I love blog land all these wonderful ideas people have to use all those hundred balls of yarn I have around the house. I kid you not about the amount of yarn I have
Happy Decorating

Penny said...

These are just the sweetest decorations ever xox

Bridget said...

Oh wow - PERFECT!

Lynne said...

Just brilliant Meredith! Your friends are going to love them. I bet they were fun to make too.

Gillian said...

This is such a cute idea, Meredith! And thank you for sharing your tutorial with us. I would want to keep these up all year round.

Your knitting group sounds really nice. x

kathy b said...

You are so clever my friend. THEY ARE adorable.
You are in the holiday spirit! and I love it

Betsy said...

These are so perfect Meredith! Thank you for sharing with all of us. Wouldn't it be hilarious if we all started receiving these beautiful ornaments in the mail?
Blessings,
Betsy

Elisabeth D said...

These are so cute Meredith! I think I'll make some for my mom who is a big knitter, I know she'd appreciate them :) Elisabeth x

Ladybird Diaries said...

These are such a great idea. They look really effective too.
Marianne x

Beth P said...

These are soooooo cute! Elf size knitting needles :D I bet everyone in your knitting group loves them! Lucky you to have a knitting group...
Hugs my sweet blogging sister,
Beth

Susanne said...

So easy, so cute. What a neat idea for that friend who knits and loves yarn. Thank you for sharing with all of us.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Taciana Simmons said...

So very cute my dear friend :)

I love button's by Emma said...

What a fantastic idea, my Mum is a knitter maybe I could make her one for Christmas. Just lovely

Rose Red said...

What a great idea, I might have to crank a few of these out for gifts too!

EMMA said...

Indeed a brilliant idea - they are fantastic.

Sarah said...

Ohh! Adorable!

elns said...

Mere, I'm in love. I just emailed your link to one of my craft bezzies and threatened a lunch time trip to the local craft store. I will take the street car, shamelessly. Afterall, isn't that what those public transportation apps are for? Quickly acquiring craft elements during lunch hours? Thanks for sharing! Let's hope I don't superglue myself to death!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Those are perfect little ornaments for a knitter, Meredith. How clever of you.

-Karen

Gracie Saylor said...

How did I almost miss this?????? They are so clever, Meredith!!!!!! I pinned them and hope to make some, too. Thanks for sharing :-) xx

brsmaryland said...

Great idea!!! Your are so clever. And no, I'm not getting tired of seeing your Elise shawls :-)

hugs,
Beth

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Such fun ... they're brilliant Mere :)

Jo said...

Why am I not a subscriber to your blog!!!! i have been going to the flower bed and thinking you have shut down. I am so glad I have found you again. Jo x

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Those are the cutest dang ornaments I've ever seen. I bet the group loved them! :) Tammy