The Littlest Sleepy Elf

(Wow, two posts in two days…. And it isn’t even a Writers’ Challenge Month! I hope you all will bear with me as I write again about my knitting.)

Once upon a time, there was a tiny little baby. Like all babies, he was the sweetest, cutest little thing. Mommy, Daddy and a host of grandparents and aunts and uncles were very enamored with this little ball of love.

It was decided that he needed the perfect little cap to match his sleepy little self. Thus was born the Sleep Elf. His very talented knitting aunt scoured pattern books, websites, Pinterest and finally came to the conclusion that she was going to have to improvise.  She liked using a smaller gauge yarn than most existing patterns and she had the perfect yarn already in mind. So she sought to start with the basic stocking cap and elongate it into the perfect combination of cute baby and old-fashioned sleeping cap.


Now isn’t that the sweetest little Sleepy Elf you’ve ever seen? Suddenly, other babies wanted their own cap!


Who can resist a face like that?

After several iterations, the cap idea gave way to matching baby socks. Eventually, it was deemed that this little ensemble should be put on paper and made available to others who wanted to make their very own Sleepy Elf.

If you’d like your own Sleepy Elf, the cap – complete with matching booties – can be purchased in a variety of colors from my Etsy shop, JS Textiles and Designs. 🙂 The pattern has also been published and is available on my Ravelry Pattern Store, Jennifer Stegmann Designs.  (Note, sweet babies not included.)

I hope you enjoy this little bundle of inspiration as much as I do!


A Little Sparkle

It may come as a shock to some that I have rather expensive taste. Not that I have ever had the actual money to buy much of anything.  But given my choice, I’d rather do without lots of $5 tee-shirts and wait until I can buy the nice shirt that goes with my black dress slacks. Even if that perfect purple shirt might not be 100% appropriate for my office.

And William Sonoma is my dream kitchen. Well, if that kitchen were in the middle of a log mansion in the middle of nowhere.

Lately, my knitting has turned away from cabled, striped or fair isle gloves like these:


to larger lace pieces like this:


Maybe it is my dream to be some fashion maven, regularly attending Broadway shows and $1,000 a plate charity dinners. (Ok, so those ARE dreams.)

Actually, at least in part, I think this is due to the mathematical challenge of lace knitting. Don’t get me wrong, I like the simplicity of doing my 1,000 pair of gloves. They have been the mainstay of my MountainWoolies business for years. They have helped me afford a bit of life. But after a while, I’m sad to say, they get to be a bit of a snoozefest. The challenge of creating a new pattern or piece of lace is giving my brain a much-needed boost during this spring season of dreary rain. Figuring out a complex stitch sequence or two has brought a smile to my face the last few weeks.

Here are two more such scarves:

In the coming weeks, I have a couple of sweaters that are drawn up on paper and a few more scarves on my needles. The sweaters are rather unlike items I’ve worn in the past. But perhaps this is a new era and no one will recognize me. If they work out as my imagination has planned, I’ll share my progress. 🙂 Otherwise, I’ll resume glove knitting for the autumn craft shows.

As a side note, if you like what you’ve seen here, you might check out my new Etsy Store, JS Textiles & Designs. Thanks!