The days leading up to the holidays are a perfect time for allowing the creative juices to flow. It’s the lull before the whirlwind that is Christmas. There are no chores out in the garden, Thanksgiving is done, the tree is up and daylight savings is in full effect. It’s time to indulge in creativity that warms you inside and out.
Time to bake, to simmer delicious soups, to curl up with a good book, to knit, to drink copious amounts of tea, to indulge in some slow handstitching. The perfect winter creative list.
Slowing things down is so good and necessary. During my pre-Christmas pause, I found a sweet pattern that I had to make. The pattern is from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas called the Jolly Wee Elf. Churchmouse is the most adorable yarn shop ever. Located on Bainbridge Island, it is a must-see if you are ever in the Seattle area, even if you aren’t a knitter.
The unique details in this pattern make such a cute little elf.
I used Jamieson & Smith Shetland wool in a woodland color theme for this little guy. Jamieson & Smith have such an awesome array of colors in their 2 ply jumper weight yarn. I must make him some friends because he looks a little bit lonely all by himself.
It is a great project that you can finish in a really short time and is fantastic to use up little scraps of yarn from your stash. Once I finished his arms following the pattern instructions, it’s like his personality came alive! The pattern gives instructions for two sizes, I made the smaller of the two.
It’s January now. The tree is taken down and the ornaments put away for another year. But I think I’ll let this Jolly Wee Elf hang out with me a little while longer. He is warm in his scarf on the snowdrifts. Yes, we still have snow on the ground!! So very strange for us west coast folk.
Indulging in an evening of creative whimsy with this little elf definitely brought a smile to my face 🙂