Thursday, March 6, 2008

knitting nell...

When I saw the title of the book, I couldn't resist! My mother-in-law had no idle time...when she sat, she was either knitting or crocheting. And her name was fitting. I have a sister-in-law who also loves to knit...also named Nell!

And I have three granddaughters who know nothing about knitting...but love books, so I thought it would be perfect. It's a wonderful book about friendship, giving back, and of course knitting. Nell is a sweet girl who loves to knit and makes wonderful gifts for others in need. While her friends complain about their problems, she knits. She teaches others about generosity, compassion and the importance of giving to those less fortunate. What Nell doesn't do is talk a lot . . . not until a small, unexpected moment in the limelight changes her life. It's a great, beautifully illustrated story.

The girls are a little young to learn how to knit, but I picked up a knitting loom (sort of like spool knitting) and one of these days we'll give that a try.

It's called a Knifty Knitter and comes with instructions for making a small hat. They love projects!
Our own 'Knitting Nell' just returned from a few months in the sun...bearing gifts for my grandchildren.

As usual, her hands have been usual, she is being generous! The girls were all excited about their new scarves and hats...but since they are in Easter colours, I'm thinking they will be part of our Easter egg hunt this year!

Ryder's hat was perfect for him too...

...and he was quite happy to model his hoodie sweater...also a gift from great aunt Nellie!

And I just had to throw in this picture of Nellie Avenue...taken on a very wet spring day somewhere on the Oregon Coast. With a few Nellies in the family, I thought it might come in handy some day. Nell or Nellie is one of those old-fashioned names that has become a popular baby name in recent years.

So that's my tribute to all the 'knitting nells' out there!


  1. How well I remember my loom from childhood days. I loved that thing and I'm sure that your granddaughters will enjoy theirs as well.

    What great gifts from Great Aunt Nell! Fabulous colors! And I'd love a knitted hoodie just like Ryder's!

    Sounds like a fun book to read...

  2. What colourful hats and scarfs sister Nellie!! And that hoodie Ryder is modeling is a keeper, she made each of my grandchildren one.
    Great stuff. Martha

  3. Ryder is so cute!
    I used to crochet a bit but never learned knitting...maybe I should take a class or something....those scarf and hat sets are too cute!

    Have a great day!

  4. What a great story! Those hats and scarves look great and are lovely gifts! How special to hunt for those at Easter!

  5. Those are wonderful hats and scarves. I will have to send my sister on over. "Knitting Mania" I love the book idea to introduce a craft to your grandchildren. I am taking notes...great idea!

  6. My grandmother taught us to knit, cross stitch and hook rugs...isn't it wonderful to have a granny who can DO stuff? Hope you and the kids get to start your project soon and don't forget to include pictures...

  7. Judy, I just found you through my sister, "In a Garden"...I love your blog, and this post really got my attention since I'm a knitter. Love those cute hats, I might need that pattern, where can I find it?

    Looking forward to returning....


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