Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Christmas Story

This coming Sunday marks the beginning of Advent, which those of you who study Latin will recognise as coming from the Latin word meaning ‘to come’ -- ad venit. Having suffered the decapitation of my baby Jesus from my nativity set, I was inspired to pick up my needles and start knitting after seeing that the Kathe Kruse dolls were a little too pricey for me :D

The idea was, to give the kids something with which to act out the Christmas story. I wanted something soft and safe to play with… and I have a lot of spare yarn in my stash :) So digging down into the stash, I grabbed appropriate colours and began to knit. Here are the initial characters!

From The Gospel of Luke Chapter 1: Douay-Rheims Bible 1899

26 And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin's name was Mary.

28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 Who having heard, was troubled at his saying and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.

30 And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. 31 Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus. 32 He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. 33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end.

34 And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?

35 And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren. 37 Because no word shall be impossible with God.

38 And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.


  1. Wow, these look great! My children would love them...maybe for next year! (I'll have to learn to *really* knit first, though, lol)

  2. Oh my goodness! They are wonderful!

  3. Rachel -- BRAVO!!! These are so cool!! It makes me wish I could knit!!

  4. Thank you ladies. They really were quite easy, after you get the hang of it first :)

  5. Those are AWESOME! So, how much are you charging to make them? ;-)

  6. LOL If it were my pattern I would charge for them ;)The kids love them... especially the donkey :)

  7. Rachel,
    What a talented lady you are! I love them! They truly are precious and will certainly become treasured keepsakes for your children when they are older. You should make two sets so each of your children will have one for their childre one day. :) Wish we were neighbors so I could send my girls over to listen and watch. I tried to get dh to move your way but he isn't interested right now. :(

  8. These are beautiful! Great job! And you still have plenty of time to make baby Jesus and the wise men.

    I am not a knitter, but my oldest is. These might give her some ideas. Good thing she has a large stash of yarn.

    Peace and Laughter!

  9. You should think about selling these... my friend and I were lamenting the lack of knitted Nativity figures for children!

  10. Fantastic job! Your inspiring me!!!


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