Monday, December 2, 2013

Elfin Slipper

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When I was a young dreamer, I believed in elves.  They lived in the woods, in tree knotholes, and they wore acorn hats and slept beneath blankets made of leaves.  They crept about in the night doing good deeds for the worthy, and playing pranks on the naughty.  If you woke to find your blankets all on the floor, that was the work of an elf, and if on your walk to school, you found a penny, that was their work, too. They drank dewdrops and had their own pet ladybugs.  If you captured an elf, he would probably be a little bit cross, but you could hold him in your palm and he would grant you wishes.  However, elves were very, very clever, and would almost never let you see them.   

In the winter, their tiny leather boots were not warm enough, and so their mothers knitted little slippers, which did the trick, and which looked very festive indeed, and when an elf was lucky enough to get a seasonal job with Santa’s team for the Big Show, he wanted to look his very best.  Of course, on Christmas Eve, Santa is in a huge rush, and sometimes, in the hurry back up the chimney, a slipper gets left behind, where a little girl in a flannel nightgown and glasses just might find it the next morning, lying tellingly beside the hearth.   Proof of Christmas magic. 

I have made a free pattern for you to be an elf mother yourself and knit up one of these slippers, and you can find it here.  Many thanks, again, to lovely Lesley at Black Sheep Wools for sending me the yarn to make this one. 

29 comments:

  1. this REALLY is an elf's sock.
    SO nice and cosy!

    Brigitte from Belgium

    I have been trying to bring Christmas into the house be making mooses. Have a look:
    http://homeiswherethedachshundis.blogspot.be/2013/12/late-herfst-pret.html

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  2. Lovely bootie. Fabulous story!

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  3. Such a great story and such a pretty elf slipper!! xx

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  4. Now see what you did. I wasn't feeling Christmas-y at all, and now I have to go knit elf socks. Enjoyed the sweet story:))

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  5. I thought these were cute and then after the story they are now absolutely darling and I must make them! So cute!!! :) Thank you for sharing!

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  6. You are too clever, I love that we can now make sure the elves in our homes will have warm toes x Penny

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  7. That is the cutest little knitted sock I ever did see! I also love your pompom wreath banner, very sweet.
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. Such a darling little elf slipper you made and your story of them...delightful! penny x

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  9. I tell you what I believe, you are still a dreamer and you still believe in elves. Am I right??! You must do to complete the brilliant projects that you show us. Are you sure you don't get any help from those elves... What a perfect slipper. Jo xxxx

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  10. That is the sweetest little story! What a darling little slipper for those sweet little elves. :)

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  11. Ah, how sweet! The shape is so elfish

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  12. Little slipper, big impact. This is too cute! And I loved your story : )

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  13. Well Kristen, first of all, I so loved your homage to elves and all that they do to enrich our lives.

    How wonderful that you are now helping them during this lead up to Christmas time, when they are so, so busy, with showing the rest of us how to make them some delightful slippers...just in case the need arises around the 24th or 25th of this month.

    Bravo! xo

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  14. Hi Kristen, A wonderful little Christmas story and a beautiful little slipper!!! My daughters also found a very similar slipper one Christmas morning!!! I love Christmas magic!!! Have a great day!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  15. What a lovely story, and now I have to go and knit some elfin slippers - can't bear the thought of tiny cold feet.
    Jane x

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  16. really adorable! i want to try one-thanks for the pattern!

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  17. Adorable stocking. I am going to have to make some of these. Carla

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  18. Absolutely adorable.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  19. So I'm wondering ... do the elves' mothers get annoyed when the elf looses a sock? I mean she must spend HOURS knitting these darned things up, and then her reckless elf-child drops one and she sighs in
    exasperation and starts to cast on yet again (not to mention the worry of her child being sock-less in the middle of winter!!). Wendy ... and thank you for sharing this adorable pattern ;)

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  20. How delightful and wonderfully written! Please tell us another story:)

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  21. I found your blog via Lucy at Attic24, and whilst I am no longer as creative and busy with fingers and crafts as I once was, your posts are a joy to look at and read. I shall come back again to drool, and daydream about when I could do these things.

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  22. Very nice story - and thanks for the pattern. I did believe in elves in my childhood...must have been kind of a dreamer .. :)

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  23. Thanks, for sharing the pattern for the elf sock! Can't wait to try it.
    I started a half granny square shawl, like yours, and put it aside because I thought it was not that pretty.................however, after seeing yours and how lovely it turned out, I will probably get back to mine after the holidays. Thank you for your inspiration.

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  24. Really cute pattern, but I can't figure out your pattern instructions starting with the heel. Are all the heel stitches supposed to be on one needle? Frustrating when I see such a cute project and can't figure it out. Might have to find another little sock pattern and taper the toe as in your instructions to create the curly toe point. Love your creation, though. :)

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    1. Yes, the heel is the trickiest part--it is all worked on one needle. Of course, you are welcome to freestyle your own version, and just point-ify the toe of any sock pattern you want. Good luck! :)

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  25. Thanks for sharing. This is an adorable Christmas ornament to make for next year !

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