Lo and behold, I have a finished pair of socks to show you today. Are…
Let’s talk a bit more about gnome knitting . . .
I signed up for a virtual class with Sarah Schira of Imagined Landscapes on MDK back in September. It was a great deal . . . $99 for the 3 hour class and all supplies, including 27 mini skeins of Woolstok’s Blue Sky Fibers (no longer available on MDK that I can find but you can get it at WEBS, plus 3 gnome patterns from Sarah. I’ve been seeing Kat knit gnomes for quite some time and I’d been intrigued but hadn’t actually knit one myself and this felt like the perfect opportunity to give it a try.
It was so fun! I was worried it would be fiddly but it really wasn’t and Sarah’s tips and insights (along with great stories about the many gnomes she has knit) were really helpful. I was able to finish my gnome in the 3 hour class, which was a great confidence builder for making more and with those 27 mini skeins I’m eager to get started. I think the biggest take away for me is that using short double pointed needles makes a huge difference in this sort of potentially fiddly knitting. I’ve always used 8″ dpns because that’s what I had but the supplies included 5″ ones and manipulating those was so much easier when working with just a few stitches.
While I haven’t knit more gnomes yet (I’m on a tight deadline with some gift knitting right now) I have plans for a whole gnome village for Gnoah! And I’ve also purchased the Snow Matter What pattern so I will be participating in the annual December mystery gnome event. There’s still time to join us if you’d like and I’d love to have a whole bunch of friends knitting gnomes, too.
I may be late to the party on this but gnomes could be the new potato chip knitting for me.