Malvern town has a window display competition in December and for the last few weeks I have been frantically preparing for that with help from Penny and some of the ladies from the knitting group. The theme we were given is The 12 Days of Christmas. I should have taken the photos before I put the things in the window! We have a knitted partridge in a tree (a cut branch) with knitted pears.
Our 2 turtle doves are knitted - but Mrs Turtle Dove is knitting a sweater for her husband, who is wearing it while she finishes one sleeve. (The inspiration came from a cartoon at https://sketchedout.wordpress.com/tag/two-turtle-doves/ ).
Our 3 french hens are a knitted mother hen with a tricoleur apron holding two chicks, each wearing berets!
4 knitted robins sit beside 2 walkie talkies for the “calling birds” while the 5 gold rings are embroidery hoops covered in gold ribbon.
For 6 geese a laying we have one lovely wooden goose standing over 6 balls of Rowan Fine Tweed.
The 7 swans swimming are 4 balls of white dish cloth cotton (Sugar ‘n Cream) with swan necks and heads poking out and 3 dish cloths knitted with swan pictures on them.
To knit 8 maids milking would have been a mammoth task so we have one milk maid with a yolk to carry her buckets made out of a cable needle, standing beside the milking shed - a knitted tea cosy!
The 9 ladies dancing and 10 lords leaping are beautifully painted cut outs covering the side wall and there are 11 trumpeting felt angels hanging from the ceiling as the pipers.
Finally we have 1 bass and 11 side drums grouped together with a sign above saying “Gone Knitting” to represent the 12 drummers. I do hope the passers by have as much fun looking at the window as we did making everything - so far we have had a lot of compliments!
We are gradually updating the web site and I hope to offer some ideas for Christmas gifts soon - kits, vouchers, etc. We are always happy to try to make up gift bags to suit anyone you know who is a knitter or for someone you think could be encouraged to start knitting with the lovely inspirational yarns that are now being made. Please phone or email us with your requests.
There is a small amount of Frilly scarf yarn back in the shop after a long period when we could not get it from the manufacturers and I have been promised more angora for the beaded fingerless mittens that have proved very popular (should arrive early next week). Sekku is also back in stock for the beaded scarf and we have a large range of beads. Both of these come with a free pattern.
Some of the workshops for next year are already attracting participants and I am looking to source instructors for more courses.
If you live nearby - pop in and have a look around!