Merry Christmas in the LitterBox!! A special gift has been dropped in the box!
Topic: A Bonus in the Box!
By popular demand! At least one person -times several -have asked about this so I'm scanning it and posting it here. It's the Squirrel Teapot holder.
It's from a very old Paton's knitting book called "Beehive Toys and Novelties" There's no copyright date however the dolls have a late depression-era look about them. I think it's from the 1940's to the mid 50's at the latest.
Being so old there are a couple issues with the patterns, not so much the instructions but in the materials listed. First: the needle sizes are old and out of date. They don't correspond with modern sizes at all. I used 2.5mm needles for both the outside and the lining. Second: patonized wool with nylon hasn't been available for decades. The gauge of the yarn compares with modern sock yarns. I made mu with Koivu sock yarn and it turned out very close to the original measurements -close enough that the slight fraction of a difference doesn't bother me. And it shouldn't bother anyone else! Third and lastly: the pattern calls for kapok as a stuffing material. I haven't see kapok in at least 25 years. There are a couple specialty places on line selling it but don't waste your time or money. Regular polyester fiberfill works just as well and it's non-allergenic -kapok was highly allergenic.
Additionally I didn't follow the directions on one detail: the pattern book says to make the lining piece identical to the outside only in a different color. I used the same color yarn but did it in stockinette stitch rather than garter stitch. I find the contrast in textures aesthetically pleasing -it looks good to me!
So below is a thumbnail of the pattern page in the book. Click on the thumbnail and the full size page in jpg format will open in a new tab.
And for all those who love squirrels check out my blog about squirrels who have made their way into the news: News Of The Squirreled
. And that's my special Christmas present for squirrel lovers and knitters out there.
Posted by lincatz
at 8:07 PM EST