Saturday, March 28, 2009

One of my Etsy Favorites!

I love sharing fabulous Etsy finds, and today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite Etsy sellers, Heather, from NiftyKnits!

Heather is also a member of our Etsy Treasury Team, and one of the most creative and clever knitters I have run across on Etsy!  Her knitted creations are some of the most adroable critters, dolls and flowers that you've ever seen.  She is also fabulously creative in her item descriptions in her Etsy shop. In fact, the detailed descriptions often are a little story about the doll or critter. I got a good chuckle when I read the following story about her Lady Morris Dancer (seen above left), that I would like to share with you.

From Heather's Etsy Shop:

"The Garden of England in Spring...lush green grass, lambs baa-ing frantically to find their mum (who is just a few feet away!)...daffodils, primroses and bluebells bursting forth with bright colours...supping a pint of "real" beer in the pub garden (no, I'm not cold, I'll just pop my coat on)...and from the village green we hear the tinkle of tiny bells.

Morris Dancing! As English as cream teas and bobbies on the beat.

Every May Day, outside the village pubs of England, strangely clad people can be seen leaping into the air, waving handkerchiefs and sticks, with bells jingling from their clothing. This traditional ritual to welcome the return of spring is called morris dancing, and it goes back at least to the 15th century.

My handknitted Morris dancers are each about 8 inches tall (20 cm). This young lady (clutching her stick and carefully balancing her pint) dances with the Loose Women side (Loose is the name of a village in Kent). You can tell she dances for the Loose Women side, or team, because of the colours of her costume, or kit. Morris dancers are just as particular about their kit as football teams!

She has bells securely sewn to her ankles (the real girls sew them to their shoes, it's not a blood sport!), and has bright rainbow "tatters" front and back. Her skirt is dark purple trimmed with white "lace". Several of the genuine Loose Women own one of my mini-dancers!

When I've seen this team dancing they always manage to show their bottoms at some point (tsk tsk) so I've sewn her "niftyknits" label to her drawers to preserve her modesty.

Please note other knitted items (flowers, cow) are not included but are available separately. Last picture shows a Loose Woman with some friends, not included.

Some consider Morris Dancing to be connected to fertility, so be careful who you give one to!"

Now doesn't that put a smile on your face!!

Another favorite of mine from NiftyKnits are Heather's Meerkats. They have the most amazing and incredible personalities, as seen from a picture here (left) from her blog posts. She and her family are recently into GeoCaching while walking about the English countryside, and she frequently takes a Meerkat along for the adventure. Here is the little guy digging through the fabulous treasure they located!!

Here is a charming photo of a Meerkat family (above) as they are posed for her Etsy Shop. They are so adorable and would make a great toy for a child or for you big kids who love collectable critters. Healther also makes from lovely knitted flowers and pin keeps, as well (below).

I hope you've enjoyed meeting Heather, and please do drop by her Etsy Shop and blog (links below) and and be sure to read the descriptions of her items, they are just as entertaining and delightful as the dolls and critters themselves!


niftyknits said...

thank you - what a lovely surprise :-D

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