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In 2012 I had moved to Sebastopol with the intention to open a CO-OP to sell my creations in a stone and mortar location too. It happened very quickly Circle of Hands came into beeing. Here is an article the local paper did at the time. It was fun while it lasted :)

Here an interview on Dolls/ Doll making and toys in general with yours truly

Knitting instruction for Elf Cap

Dear friends,

here is the corrected Elf Cap Pattern published in Living Crafts Spring 2008. Sorry for the trouble you went through in following the published one. The number of stitches to cast on was definitely my mistake, mea culpa!, for the rest the gremlins must have worked hard!

Christine's Elf Cap Pattern

Your children will look adorable and be snug and cozy in this knitted Elf Cap. It must be an old folk pattern, as it has been around with some variations for many years. I do remember wearing one when I was very little, and that was some time ago by now. It was known as "Devil's Cap" then as it looked like horns sticking out on the top. I took the liberty to rename it and made some changes more to my liking. I have many adults buying them for themselves too, especially bicyclist like them for under their helmet. It is not a difficult project, but you do need to be focused and count.

The cap is knitted in garter stitch = knit every row - 2 rows make one garter ridge.

material: yarn 50g/100yards, works out to a worsted weight yarn, knitting needles: # 8 gauge: 4 stitches to 1"

Cast on 73 stitches

first row: knit 1, yarn over, knit 12, slip 2 stitches together as if to knit, knit 1, pull the 2 slipped stitches over the knitted one (= 2 stitch decrease), knit 12, yarn over, knit one, yarn over, knit 6, slip 2 stitches together as if to knit, knit 1, pull the 2 slipped stitches over the knitted one, knit 6, yarn over, knit 1, yarn over, knit 12, slip 2 stitches together as if to knit, knit 1, pull the 2 slipped stitch over the knitted one, knit 12, yarn over, knit 1.

second row: knit all stitches, knit the yarn over into the BACK loop so the stitch is twisted (otherwise you have a hole).

Repeat those two rows, till you worked 16 ridges (32 rows); from now on, omit the yarn overs and only work the decreases over the established points until you have the same amount of stitches between the decrease stitches ( should be 7) bind off,

sew up the back seam and top of cap, finished! The cap usually sits well on the head, but if you want to, you can crochet or twist a cord onto the two ear flaps. I like to use a variegated colored yarn as it is set off by the chevron pattern nicely - also it makes it a truly "one of a kind" and is interesting to watch as I work. One unfortunate point with this project is the measuring process, with is almost impossible till the very end. So be prepared to make another one if the one turns out too small or too big! I am sure a friend will just be delighted to receive one if that is the case! I do vary the sizes by using different needle sizes and thicker or thinner yarn, but it is amazing it seems like this cap "grows" with your children.

About Waldorf Education Good links where you will learn about Waldorf Education

A very, very  good video explaining very well Waldorf in general!


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Essco Safety Check During the public discussions of new toy safety law, I was concerned about the safety of the materials I am using in my products. I volunteered to have them tested by Essco Safety Check. It was indicated that the pipe cleaners I was using in the arms of some of my dolls contained lead. It only could be detected after cutting away the "fuzz" and expose the metal directly to the testing device. It would also have be safely within the law as the pipe cleaners are "encased" and not directly exposed to handling. I found new ones with a steel core and I am assured there is no problem with those. By the way, products made from Vinyl and cheap children's jewelry are most likely to contain lead in very unsafe levels. If you have concerns about safety in your environment, here is a company you can contact.

Waldorf Mama Blog Another wonderful blog by a Waldorf mom with lots of Buntspechte figures to admire. Also many links to Waldorf related subjects. Thanks Shelly for featuring The Puppenstube on your site!

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