Monday, November 12, 2007

Maria & Joseph & a little peanut!

Since this little family landed safely in the arms of my parents, I can show you the pictures. This is a mini nativity scene. The booklet shows sheep, a donkey, shepherds, and kings, and a beautiful angel as well. I don't know yet, if I will ever knit all of them. That's it for now though. It was fun, but I wish Alan Dart would construct his figures more to be knit in the round. All those seams are killing me! I made Mary's feet, but she would not stand on them, so I left them off, and didn't bother to make Joseph's. Mary's neck was so long, I had to make a necklace to keep it straight, and also I had to put a wooden skewer from head to bottom. Gory work, but it worked.



I like Joseph's beard. The best use for fuzzy fun fur is for knitted toys.

Mary's head wobbled from side to side, and back and forth, I had to do something. I felt quite clever when I came up with this little necklace. ;o) Mary also has hair, it's a pity one can't see it because of the headscarf.

Making Baby Jesus was fun. He does remind me of a peanut.

pattern: Nativity Scene by Alan Dart; last year I found this little booklet in one of my LYS.

yarn: Valley Yarns Longmeadow, 60% cotton, 40% microfiber (in the future I'll make toys with wool)

needle: 3mm

size: they are about 12 1/2 inches high

27 comments:

Kris said...

Those are precious.

Yarn Devil said...

That is such a neat set... They turned out great! Are the animals done in the same kinda shape?

Manuela said...

die sehen ja oberknufflig aus - wunderschön - und diese Geduldsarbeit - ich staune immer wieder was Du alles Schönes machst - und vor allem in welcher Zeit - turbomässig.

Liebe Grüsse - Manuela

Angelika said...

They are too cute. You put lots of work into them having to sew them all together and stuff. Working them in a round would be easier.

Teresa said...

How adorable! I think they're just cute. How long did it take for you to knit them?? I love the little peanut :D. Actually, he'd be really cute as a pin. Put some brown yarn behind him, and make it look like hay, it'd be a great pin.

The Knitting Blog by Mr Puffy the Dog said...

Really incredible. Such beautiful finishing - your parents must have been amazed at how nice the detailing is. I also like the beard - so perfect. A favorite memory of mine is the Christmas we spent in South America and all the beautiful nativity scenes. Very different than Christmas in LA.

Dianna said...

I love them! I once worked in a hospital where at Christmas they displayed a personal collection of over 300 nativities. These are much sweeter!

Kellie Huffman said...

so adorable! I love them! You did a wonderful job!

Emily said...

I think my heart just melted with all the preciousness.

Knittypants said...

Now that's pretty cute :-)

Jennifer said...

Beautiful! I'd like to put those on my "to do" list for next year. I love them!

Debi said...

These are so cute Monika but tell me, were there German Shepherds in Bethlehem? :)

Totty Teabag said...

We obviously have the same taste! I posted a picture of Mary, Joseph, Peanut and Hagrid the King in August! I found knitting them in the round quite straight forward using the toe-up sock method the same as I did for the Tomte. One of these days I'll knit a couple more Kings...

Bobbi said...

How cute! I'm really impressed!

Amanda Jayne said...

Those are absolutely adorable.

Susanne said...

Liebe Monika,
lange war ich schon nicht mehr bei Dir zu Besuch, aber es ist immer wieder schön, bei Dir reinzuschauen, weil es immer wieder was Wunderschönes zu sehen gibt. Was hast Du da nur wieder für wundervolle Dinge gezaubert. Deinen Juletomten und die heilige Familie finde ich ganz allerliebst. Sie haben so freundliche Gesichter (auch wenn man das beim Juletomten gar nicht richtig sieht) und sind sehr schön und fein gearbeitet. Das ist eine ganz tolle Idee. Die Bärte finde ich übrigens auch am witzigsten, da kommt das sonst so verachtete Fransengarn ganz woll zur Geltung.
Auch Dein Lochmustertuch in rot finde ich sehr schön. Jetzt ist ja die richtige Zeit, sowas zu tragen, bei uns ist es schon ganz schön kalt und Schnee hatten wir am Wochenende auch.
Seit ganz lieb gegrüßt aus Old Germany von Susanne
P.S.: Ich hoffe, dass ich bald wieder öfter reinschauen kann. Es war wieder einmal (ich wiederhole mich bestimmt, aber es stimmt ja nun mal) ein ganz toller Besuch bei Dir. Alles Gute nach Canada.

Shannon said...

Oh my goodness how cute!! I always wanted to do the Jean greenhowe ones but have never made the time, yours look fabulous.

hakucho said...

Your knited figures are fabulous! I'm not sure I'd have the patience to make them, but I'm so happy for you that they turned out wonderfully. Your parents must absolutely love them :)

Kate said...

So beautiful, every year I am thinking about doing it for myself, and every year something else turns me on.
By the way, saw you knitting the same sock as I do, from sockamania. Mine is deep red.

eyeleen said...

Beautiful! What a wonderful gift.

Knitting Bandit said...

Incredible! This would be the most incredible Christmas gift or wedding gift. Too bad my fingers don't think they could do it. I am impressed!

Heike said...

Liebe Monika,
ich konnte die Figuren ja schon vorab in ravelry bewundern. Sie sind wunderschön und besonders toll finde ich die liebevoll gearbeiteten Details: Die Halskette von Maria, die rosa Wangen, den Bart von Josef und natürlich die kleine Erdnuss...Jetzt fehlen aber noch ein paar Tiere - vielleicht im nächsten Jahr!? Und Dein Dad baut dann den passenden Stall!

Viele liebe Grüße von Heike

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but religion makes me sick now, thanks to the Bush administration. Hate to see a combination of knitting, which I like, and religion, which I abhor, cuz it kind of takes the joy out of my knitting....

Strickfimmel said...

Ich kann nur sagen "WOW". Ich glaube, ich hätte nicht die Geduld, so kleine filigrane Dinge zu stricken. Und die vielen kleinen Details! Sehr sehr schöne Arbeit und Du hast meine volle Bewunderung.

T-Mom said...

The white German Shepherd is never mentioned in the Nativity story, but of course he was there. ;-)
Very, very cute, Monika! I hope you do get around to knitting the rest of the set some day. Maybe you can add one or two figures every year.

Violiknit said...

Absolute heirlooms! They are so beautiful! I especially love Mary's necklace; you are definitely very clever :)

Anonymous said...

wau die sehen aber gut aus die drei.
gruß
Sylvia