Saturday was the day where little owls across the planet were settling down in the branches of their TOKmas trees to share gifts and celebrate all things Tiny Owl Knits. Its the day they Hoot and Holler and drink hot sweet stuff and nibble little treats sent by their friends. I’ve had so much fun joining in the swap and I just need to say thank you to Walterbear for the lovely package she sent me: I have finger-less mitts!! Hoot Hoot!!
Part of the Tokmas swap rules was that one of your gifts would be TOK related and my spoilee had in her wish list Stephanie Dosen’s adorable “Gnome Home DPN Holders” which featured in my secret knitting (remember the lovely spilling bundle of gnome hats?). Sadly I forgot to take a picture of the 5 little gnomes that flew off with a helpful owl to Canada but I have gone wild with ideas to use the pattern for!. The pattern is sooo easy and sooo fun!
First I made my mother in law some needle tidy’s inspired by the Gnome Home pattern:
My mother in law is not whimsical in the least but I thought she might find some needle tidy’s useful because she does travel and knit a lot. As I say this was “Inspired By” so its only loosely related… I just used some of the same felt-able fingering wool (from Knit Picks) and knitted up a few rectangles 12/14/16 stitches wide and about 4 inches long, sewed them into a tube and felted them around a pencil or several pencils where they needed to be bigger. The largest rectangle (16 st wide) fits 10 mm needles when stretched a little. Basically whatever size and shape you leave the wet felted wool in it will stay in.
THEN (and this is really really fun) I adapted the pattern for a Gnome Home for BIC pens:
These are for my girls. I used Stephanie’s pattern but shortened the body of the gnomes to 2 inches. The felting takes care of any other size issues! I used BIC crystal pens and cut off the little arm on the lid to make the lid fit on nicely.
Once everything was perfectly dry a little bit of hot glue on the bottom of the pen and on the lid holds all the knitting to the pen parts. It is not a permanent fix (so then you can move it to another pen later).
How darn cute are they?