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Making a Christmas Elf Forest - The Beginning
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 00:53
A sneak peak at my Christmas Elf forest! As many of you know, my collection of Scandinavian Christmas elves has been growing each year. But it is way too easy for them to disappear among the other ornaments and branches of my holiday tree, so I have decided that what is needed is a forest of their very own - a forest of "fiber trees" and mushrooms!
Thanks to several brilliant and talented designers, I have spent "TV time" these past several weeks crocheting and knitting trees and knitting and felting two adorable, brand new gnomes to add to my collection!
(And right in the middle of the picture - my new little Sami! Her how-to tutorial will appear during the holidays!)
Pop over to visit these amazing and creative designers in their shops! Guaranteed you will find lots of holiday goodness to tempt you!
From left to right:
Bobble stitch amigurumi Christmas trees by Planet June. You will find the pattern in Holiday and Seasonal Crochet Patterns in the Planet June Shop on Ravelry. (I must have flattened a few bobbles when I was placing the dark green tree for the photo - sorry.) But the pale green and white trees show off just how pretty June's trees really are! And crocheting bobbles is a blast! June's instructions are perfect!
Do you not love "Santa Gnome" from the Woolly Something Etsy Shop. Santa is actually an alternate version of the adorable gnome smoking his little pipe just to the right of Sami. ( Miltida Witch is another version!) All from the same pattern! Right now I have them next to my bed where I see them first thing in the morning - who could look at them and not begin their day with a smile?
The sweet "Fuzzy Fir Tree" standing behind Sami was made using a free knit/felt pattern from Duo Fiberworks. So quick and easy to knit. I was actually disappointed to be done! When it was time to felt the pieces - I used Katie's excellent wet felting video tutorial which you can find here. Check out Katie's and Laura's brand new e-book "Handwork for the Holidays" and visit the Duo Fiberworks shop for more crafty holiday goodness.!
The two crocheted trees right beside the pipe smoking' gnome - created by Daniela Herbertz and both patterns - "Crocheted Christmas Tree" and "Little Candy Trees" - are available in her Ravelry shop. New stitches to learn making these two trees - but Daniela is very thorough in writing her patterns and even this total beginner had no problems figuring out how to crochet them.
I can't begin to tell you how much fun I have been having, but to give you some idea, my evenings have been filled with lots of giggles and smiles and my mornings with e-mailed pictures to Diane. There are definitely more trees in my future. But first - mushrooms - lots and lots of mushrooms!