This was the very first bit of tiny nonsense I ever knit. Everything before this had been at least a little bit practical. But this? This was unabashedly ridiculous.
It was also just what I needed.
Because you see, I was having a bad time when I knit the first of these. I’d broken my leg. I couldn’t get comfortable to knit for more than twenty minutes at a time. Everything felt impossible.
So I knit these. I knit piles and piles and piles of these sweet, silly little distractions.
I almost didn’t write a pattern, because I truly wasn’t sure anyone needed any such thing. But when I posted pictures online, folks were absolutely besotted. So I wrote them up. And they’ve been one of my most popular patterns ever since.
I am truly delighted that you love them as much as I do!
They’ve shown up as decorations or favors at weddings and baby showers and birthday parties. They’ve been tucked in lunch boxes and book bags and coat pockets on hard days and happy ones. They’ve found their way into envelopes and through the mail to folks who needed a little surprise. They’ve shown up on Christmas trees and garlands and mobiles. They’ve been filled with cedar chips and lavender and tucked into sweater drawers and filled with catnip and terrorized by rampaging kittens.
They’re basically the perfect way to turn a few dozen yards of yarn and a few hours of knitting into a tiny token of good will that you can hand out as needed.
And really, we could all do with sharing a bit more good will!
The pattern is called Palpitation, and it’s one of the six patterns that will be returning next month.
I’m spending some time over the next few weeks introducing the returning patterns and talking about some of techniques I use in creating them.
For these, I want to talk about what I use to fill tiny projects. I’m putting together a big post on that which will be up shortly. In the meantime, if you have questions about filling tiny things, leave them over on instagram (I have comments turned off on the blog) and I’ll try and answer some of them in the upcoming post.
And if you happen to have knit these, post a picture on instagram and tag it with #tinynonsense. I’d love to see what you’ve done with them!
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