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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Tiny Things and Tiny Minds

Once upon a time there was a little boy who got very jealous that his Nanna was always knitting clothes for his sisters' dolls. Oh how he stamped and screamed and made a fuss until Action Man was just as well kitted out as Sindy...

I was digging round in some old stuff and found some of the itty bitty clothes that my Nanna knitted for my brother's action figures (he gets very upset if you call them dolls). She must have had the patience of a saint to make such tiny raglan sleeved sweaters with 2 ply yarn on 2mm needles. It appears that Action Man was quite a trendy dude back in the 70s, although I can't say I approve of knitted trousers for those over a foot high. Oh well, they kept a little boy very happy.

My little mind has been preoccupied with lots of little things other than knitting this week which can only be put down to the fact that it's August. I get very restless every year around this time and I've never understood why. It'll pass. In the meantime I've been working on some wrist warmers like the ones I got for my birthday last year. My friend Chris really likes them, so I thought I'd do him some for his birthday. The construction may look a little odd, but I'm going for an exact replica to make the fleece lining a bit easier to work out.

33 Comments:

At 3:19 pm, Blogger Bezzie said...

Awwww! "Action figure" clothes! My grandma would crochet all my dolls' clothes. Wish I had taken as good of care of them as your brother of his!!!

 
At 3:29 pm, Blogger Seahorse said...

I'm very impressed with your Nanna's knitting - woolly talent obviously runs in the family! The wristwarmers look very cool.

 
At 3:53 pm, Blogger Stefaneener said...

Either the patience of a saint or the flying fingers of knit speed that you seem to have. What kills me is the seaming -- tell me those teeny trousers were done in the round! August will pass, and the crisper weather will restore all of our brains. Of course, here, in September and October is when we get our over 100f summer, so our brains stay away until November.

 
At 4:05 pm, Blogger Samantha said...

LMAO -- Action figure clothing! Too funny! How awesome your Nanna is to have knit such tiny things. :)

 
At 4:22 pm, Blogger Charity said...

The wrist warmers are looking great - I love the fleece lining. I'm currently working on a pair of Flap-Top Mittens, and was just wondering last night if I should try to line them...

Love the Action Men clothes! Grandparents are so wonderful :0)

Hope your restlessness passes quickly, but not so quickly you miss out on the motivation you can get from it!

 
At 4:33 pm, Blogger reluctantMANGO said...

Fleece lined wristwarmers - how cozy! My great grandmother was a knitting fiend, cranking out several afghans a month, but she always made time to clothe our dolls as well as the family babies... lots of heirlooms to remember her by! I'm glad your action figure clothes survived childhood for you to enjoy now.

 
At 4:42 pm, Blogger Agnes said...

Very cute! I agree that your Nana must be a woman of iron patience!

 
At 5:54 pm, Blogger Emma said...

I always get restless in august and in late february - march. For me it´s the changing of season. You can feel it´s on it´s way but you´re not there yet...

 
At 6:10 pm, Blogger acrylik said...

Wow, those knitted clothes for Action Man are amazing - Nanna's just have this amazing ability to create anything, I remember mine was fantastic.

The wrist warmers are looking great, and will be really cosy by the looks of them.

 
At 6:40 pm, Blogger nanatoo said...

My Sindy and my bruv's Action Man shared everything! I particularly loved his little grey plastic canteen of cutlery. Mum made us felt sleeping bags for them too :)

Warm wristwarmers! Very nice.

 
At 7:17 pm, Blogger Genki said...

I just listened to your interview on the Brit Knit podcast (or whatever it's called!). Yes, I know, I'm behind on my podcasts. Anyway, you did great, and it was really interesting.

 
At 8:03 pm, Anonymous Rachel said...

Hey, I love that green sweater! I bet my husband would wear that if it were a good number of sizes larger.

 
At 10:16 pm, Blogger aija said...

Those action figure clothes are great; I look at things like that and want to leave a similar legacy for my kids, too :) Thanks for sharing.

 
At 10:21 pm, Blogger Badger said...

Oh, those action man clothes bring back memories! I had whols wardrobes for my sindys and action men, my mum used to make me whole wardrobes for birthdays and xmas!

The wristwarmers look great :)

 
At 1:35 am, Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

Action figure knitted garments! Your Nanna is a saint!!!

The wristwarmers look great to me - WARM!

 
At 9:40 am, Blogger mf said...

awwwww very sweet! I bet there a big hit!

 
At 10:27 am, Blogger Me said...

those are just toooo cool!

 
At 10:50 am, Blogger KnitYoga said...

The Action Man clothes are great. I agree, they must have required lots of patience. Same as knitted toys - I admire people who have the patience to make lots of those. All those itsy bits and tons of sewing up of little pieces involved! The wrist warmers are looking good and I like the idea of fleece lining.

 
At 11:29 am, Blogger Penny Karma said...

Action Figure clothes - that's awesome!!

 
At 1:29 pm, Blogger knitfriendly said...

Those little clothes for action figures are so intricate! She had some major patience! :)

 
At 6:44 pm, Anonymous kimberly said...

Love the action figure clothes!! Too funny. I also like your new wrist warmers. I'm listening to your podcast right now-soo cool.

 
At 6:49 pm, Anonymous Silvia said...

Aren't grandparents great? Fancy knitting something soooo small!!
I love the wristwarmers and what a great Idea about the lining..now why do I never think of stuff like that??

 
At 8:12 pm, Blogger Melissa said...

Those are the coolest "action figure" clothes. How neat!! :)

 
At 4:38 am, Blogger Batty said...

You're brilliant! Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! I'm going to have to dig up ye olde 80's He Man and other Masters of the Universe figures. I'm sure they'd look funny in sweaters, hats, and other hand-knit objects!

 
At 3:12 pm, Blogger Penny Karma said...

OOOH! I'm suddenly inspired to create Luke Skywalker's Light Saber Warmer!!!!

Hahahaha! I crack myself up.

 
At 1:30 pm, Blogger aurora said...

Action figure clothing is AWESOME. It sort of reminds me of that kids book that's out - the one with knitted hammers, and superhero cloaks. Forget what it's called.

Mmm, armwarmers. They look fab (as always!)

 
At 2:42 pm, Blogger Piglottie said...

Action man! Remember him well, always chasing after my Sindy doll he was!

I agree the changing of the seasons can make you restless. I always feel a bit antsy in August as I cant wait for September as it is one of my favourite months and always heralds new beginnings for me.

 
At 11:19 pm, Blogger Poshyarns said...

Oh I love those Action Man clothes. My little boy would just love me to tog out his action man but I don't think my fingers are capable of such dainty, tiny knits.

 
At 11:19 pm, Blogger Poshyarns said...

Oh I love those Action Man clothes. My little boy would just love me to tog out his action man but I don't think my fingers are capable of such dainty, tiny knits.

 
At 11:26 pm, Blogger BlackCrow said...

cute cute cute!! just downloaded the ruby booties...thanx for the free pattern, I'd like a pair for myself:)

I read too your frustration with Mrs Beeton, I was just about to start a pair. I'll take your advice.
Oh and thanx for commenting on my JUJU...I couldn't get the x stitching thing looking good so I oppted for the easiest way out!
cheers

 
At 1:30 pm, Blogger Thea said...

am laughing at Action Man's shopping spree. He's going to look fabulous this fall!

And on restlessness I hear you, have many things to begin -- but can't get going on any of them... ugh.

Sept isn't far away....

 
At 9:37 am, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks folks, my Nanna rocked big time!

Stefaneener, they were worked flat, you can just make out the seams.

Genki, Kimberly - thanks.

Rachel - heck, I'd wear it!

KY! - I'm the same with toys they drive me mental with all the little bits.

Silvia - I nicked thej odea from some that were bought for me. They're so toasty.

Batty - He Man could really do with some knitted pants!

 
At 1:16 am, Blogger blog-blethers said...

Your Action Man pics made me go all nostalgic there! My mum used to knit clothes for our assorted action figures - Sindy (pre-Barbie days!), Action Man, Action Girl, Pippa (how small were they!!)... I remember Action Man even had an aran jumper! Thanks for sending me down Memory Lane!

 

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