Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Acorn Men and Tables

Linda [South Africa] has been really busy making these great Little men!
Cute Linda.
[and nice veggies ~ are they from you garden?]

I have also been making tables for the gnomes, though Thomas and Oliver are using them as chairs! Little acorn hat make great bowls. Thomas has been collecting wild grass seeds for "gnome food".

The top of the table is a slither of sanded wood [5mm wide] and the stump is a piece of raw wood of 1,5 cm. I used a small tacking nail to secure it all together.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Gnome Acorn Craft

I was inspired to make these by a posting on Welcome to Munchkinland Blog that led to Saartjeknits . Saartje knitted Korknisse ~ which are cork men knitted in 2 units [hat and coat]

My Gnome Oakies [Acorn men] are knitted all in one and take a few minutes to make.

We collected our acorns last week in Stellenbosch. We collected all shapes and sizes so they were perfect for this craft. My acorns were dry so the nut inside rattles and makes a cute noise!

Here is the pattern
I used double knit bamboo [sigh] on 3mm needles. This created a sturdy knit!

1] Cast on 15 stitches
2] Knit 5 rows
3] Purl 1 row
4] Knit 3 stitches cast off 9 stitches knit last 3 stitches.
5]Knit 3 stitches turn knitting around and cast on 9 stitches then turn knitting around again and knit last 3 stitches. = 15 stitches
6] Knit 2 rows
7] *Knit 2 Together, knit 3 stitches. Repeat from * to end
8] Purl
9] *Knit 2 together, knit 2 stitches.Repeat from * to end
10] Purl
11] *Knit 2 together, knit 1 stitch. Repeat from * to end
12] Purl
13] Knit 2 together until the end

Thread yarn through the 3 remaining stitches and sew up the Oakie. you need to find the perfect size acorn, I like the Gnome Oakie to stand, so for this you need to use a slightly smaller acorn.

Any way, If you need any help, Just let me know.

Sunset colours

The beautiful Eucalyptus Cladocaylix trees on our farm in the autumn sunset.