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Off My Needles: Nativity Animals

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Five years ago I joined a Nativity Knit Along.  The idea was to knit one nativity piece each month for a year and at the end of the year, I’d have a completed knit nativity.  But life got in the way and the pieces I managed to knit were stored away in the knitting bins of death.  When I sorted through the knitting bins of death a few weeks ago, I resurrected the nativity and decided to at least finish what I’d already started, add a Mary, Joseph and a sweet baby Jesus and call it a nativity.

The knitting part of the nativity takes no time at all.  The stuffing-sewing-embroidery part of this nativity takes forever.  I literally spent hours stuffing, sewing and detailing the donkey! But he’s cute, eh?!



The pattern is by Alan Dart published by Sirdar as The Nativity Collection.  Most of they yarn I’m using is Cascade 220 with some Berroco Chincilla thrown in for the sheep.  This is not a small nativity.  The donkey and sheep are about 10″ tall!  Next up is the angel, which is half-knit and not put together at all.  Hopefully she won’t be nearly as time consuming to assemble.

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  • Ani G W
    April 25, 2012

    These are just adorable animals. I have a daughter that would love these! Thanks for sharing!

  • jacqui
    February 6, 2012

    I love it!! its really really cute =) are you thinking of selling this type of stuff? or just something you made for fun?

    • Camille
      February 6, 2012

      I’d have to charge like $500 for the set! LOL This one is for me. In almost 8 years of knitting this is the FIRST project I’m making for me!! 🙂

      • jacqui
        February 6, 2012

        haha. i would love to learn how to knit but then i would prob get Pissed at the thing and distory it. 

  • Christine
    February 1, 2012

    LOVE THEM!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!! I can’t wait to see everything finished!!

    Thanks for linking up From Dream To Reality at 🙂

  • Karen
    January 30, 2012

    Oh, I am SO in love with this nativity! Please, please, please post each piece as you finish it! I REALLY want to learn to knit now. 🙂

    • Camille
      January 30, 2012

      Thanks, Karen! I will post as I finish – promise! It’s easy knitting. My problem is the sewing and embroidery!

  • Cathy
    January 30, 2012

    I love the donkey! (The sheep is cute too.) You make me want to learn to knit, LOL!

    • Camille
      January 30, 2012

      Thanks, Cathy! The donkey is hugely popular! 🙂