An Elf Invasion

photo-nov-27-7-41-07-pmCall them elves, call them gnomes, call them tom ten.  The little people have invaded my home.

Maybe I can convince them to make me some new shoes.  Or just clean up a bit.  Do elves do dishes?

I am making these wee little shoe toy makers for the annual Merry Market that is held at the school.  (Full disclosure, I did not make the one with the gray hat)  Each year, the 5th grade makes projects and sells them during the Christmas Concerts.  I like to make a few things to help the kids out.  All the money they raise goes toward a trip to the Science Museum of the Twin Cities and the St. Paul Cathedral.  When Addie was in 5th grade I crocheted mug cozies.  This year for Lily’s class I decided to do something smaller and faster.  Well, I did until I decided to make that big guy in the back right.  He takes a bit longer.  I’ve got a second one coming along.  Then it’s going to be all the little ones.  They’re roughly the size of a wine cork (because the wine cork makes up their body).

For the wine cork elves, I used the Woodland Elves pattern.  I’m using my mini skeins of fingering weight yarn and some Louisa Harding fun fur that I had in my stash (I don’t even remember which swap it came in, but I know I didn’t buy it).

For the bigger guy I am also using up the mini skeins.  He’s a Rebecca Danger Gnome Nugget.  I’m not thrilled with how the eyes turned out, but I’ve got a plan for this next one.  I found some blue buttons that I think will work better than clear.  I also think he needs a little white trim on his hat to make him less gnomey and more elfish.

The kicker is that I think I’ll have to make more of these guys after the sale because they look so cute & festive hanging out in my house!  How many elves does a girl need?

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