Christmas Reindeer

This Christmas Reindeer is one of the new British wool knitting kits for Christmas 2013.

Reindeer

Knitted in natural coloured Shetland wool, with a jolly heart motif on his side in Christmassy red.

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The antlers are worked as i-cords and finish him off nicely I think.

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I’ve named him Cupid, because of the hearts and also because that is the name of one of the reindeer which pull Father Christmas’s sleigh in the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’:

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!

Whilst googling those lines (no – I don’t know the poem off by heart!) I found that it was written in 1822.  There’s a miscellaneous fact for you  to impress your friends this Christmas!

Kits including British yarn and natural fleece stuffing are available from the Made By Ewe shop.

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About madebyewe

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I talk about the ups and downs of running a crafty business, knitting and life. I learnt to knit when I was a child in the 1970s. I think my Mum taught me, though it may have been one of my Nans. Both Nans were great crafters and my Mum knitted, when she had time. My childhood was full of wearing Mum's warm and cosy handknit jumpers to school and playing with yarn by the fire, making presents for my family and clothes for my toys. When I grew up, I started a business designing children's handknitted jumpers. Now I spend some of my time desgining gardens, as well as designing knitting. The garden design business is well established; the knitting design business is just starting out. I love the rhythmic quality of knitting, the feel of woolly yarn in my hands and the way a project grows beneath my fingers. It is relaxing and productive at the same time. I especially love vintage knitted toys and the quirky simplicity of the patterns. They were often made in times of austerity, when money and supplies were short, but the desire to create something fun inspite of this, shines through. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, supporting the British wool industry, and using British yarn for my kits. Where would we be without fields of fluffy sheep to admire? Baa Humbug to acrylic!
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