Holly Jolly

Sometimes, it’s easy to get bogged down this time of year, especially if you’ve had to recently deal with anything like we have such as deaths of close family members and of pets, or having dealt with thieves stealing your Christmas decorations off of your lawn! However, in spite of all of that, I am going to choose to dwell on the good this season has to offer. I thought some of you may need a few photographical pick-me-ups as well, maybe you just need your inspiration sparked or your interest piqued. So, here are a few festive photos as of recently.

We’ve been busy making a few fiber goodies.

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And, I spent a weekend with my family in one of my favorite places, Prescott, dubbed “Arizona’s Christmas Town,” and for good reason. We saw dozens of the most intricate gingerbread houses. We went to the town square for the Christmas parade where my kids waved to everyone and made new friends. We participated in the lighting of the Courthouse where they read the story of Jesus’ birth and we all sang Christmas carols and ate too many sweets. A little reindeer sat outside a local bakery and sang about the coffee, cookies, and hot chocolate inside. Every corner was decked-out. Everyone was jolly. It was perfect.

Out of the Thistle® Blog, dwell on the good this holiday.

Out of the Thistle® Blog, dwell on the good this holiday.

Out of the Thistle® Blog, dwell on the good this holiday.

Out of the Thistle, dwell on the good this holiday.

Out of the Thistle® Blog, dwell on the good this holiday.

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So, just dwell on the good, share it with others, and just look to all the joyous moments to be found this season, no matter how small they may seem.

 

Making minis.

I’ve been busy making-over some of my original miniature ted designs, such as these “Knot Heads.” They are still small in stature and feature ample-sized heads. The overall design just needed a bit of a face lift! Annnnd… this design MAY be featured in a new pattern! 😉

Out of the Thistle® Knot Head Thread Crochet Bears

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Thanks for looking!

-Sue Aucoin

Good-bye October.

Goodness, is October really ending? It has been a full one, though. A glorious, gourd-filled month with all of it’s vibrant leafy loveliness. This, the month when coziness moves into every corner of the house, giving everything a golden glow. We’re gonna slow down tomorrow, collect candy with our little ones, and savor these moments. We hope you all do the same. Happy Halloween!

Goodbye October, Out of the Thistle®

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A tisket, a tasket, bunnies in a basket!

Out of the Thistle friends of fall, knitted bunnies

These three little cuties are now available on our website! They are the perfect size for being toted around by your little one. I hand-knit them with 100% American wool (from Quince & Co), then I put them through a process to shrink ’em up! The result: a more durable, fuzzy knit that holds its shape. I can’t even fully explain how much of a difference there is in just the feel of shrunken (felted) knitted dolls compared to regularly knitted ones. They just feel more substantial, yet… light-weight.

They are jointed (buttons are decorative) so they can sit on a shelf with ease.

Knitted wool jointed bunnies Out of the Thistle®

They have shapely features such as curved paws and feet and a perfectly puckered nose. Each little bunny is wearing a hand knitted alpaca, flutter-sleeve vest that ties in the front, and each one has a coordinating 100% cotton skirt (made from Liberty of London fabric). The outfits are completely removable for ease of cleaning. Standing at about 12.5″ tall, they are the perfect size for squeezing. xx

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Keep an eye out for more of these one-of-a-kind softies on our website! Thanks for looking!

–Rhonda Potteet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling Fall.

A long weekend was spent in a cabin, cozied around a campfire with family in the cool mountain air. With the crackling mesquite and changing canopy, it finally felt like Fall. We bundled up in woolen blankets, roasted marshmallows, and collected a variety of colorful acorns and oak leaves. Elk ate from the palm of our hands, and we even spotted a fox! The kids were covered in dirt from head to toe, but they climbed trees and rocks and made race tracks and hiked and had a great time. We woke up to rain and had coconut banana pancakes and still managed to make some frothy coffee. We ate cupcakes and celebrated the little lady’s birthday! Hopefully some of these snapshots of our adventures leave you feeling inspired!

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Pattern prices reduced!

First thing we’d like to report: all knitters and crocheters can purchase any Out of the Thistle pattern for just $4.99!! We have patterns available on our website, on Etsy, and on Ravlery! {links to the right}

Second announcement: We have a new pattern available! It is for this adorable, unusual bear–this bear was crocheted from 100% wool, then shrunken for a fuzzier/denser fur! It is called “Tea for Ted,” and the finished bear looks perfectly poised inside a tea cup.

Tea for Ted Thread Teds by Thread Bears® for Out of the Thistle® crochet pdf pattern

{Ted also doesn’t mind joining in on tea parties}

Tea for Ted PDF crochet pattern Out of the Thistle® felting

This pattern gives the instructions on crocheting the bear, then on how to felt it (if desired).

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We’ve also made a few additions to our website, if you’d like to have a look!

Signed, the Out of the Thistle® Team.