"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

elves, gnomes or christmas babies



The knitting needles have been busy, busy.  I thought that maybe if I turned out a few helpers I would be able to relax awhile.  Hopefully these little guys are elves and not gnomes, there is a close resemblance between the two.  I've used this pattern from Plain and Joyful Living before, here, and called them gnomes.  I even used the same green and cream yarn, but I want them to be elves now.  Elves are more helpful this time of year.  The 3 in the back are Christmas babies made from my hand-spun merino, so soft and squishy. I'm hoping that some real babies are going to love them.

You may have gathered by now that I am a classic literature junkie.  Before we even decorated the tree, Erin unpacked the box of Christmas books that we keep hidden along with the ornaments. A Christmas Carol is definitely a holiday favorite in our house.  We even have it on audio book so we can listen to it in the car when we aren't singing to Bing Crosby or Johnny Mathis... I guess we're into classic Christmas music too.  Do you consider Bing and Johnny classic? 


Joining Ginny's Yarn Along
Blessings, Debbie  

49 comments:

  1. When I go to the library, I only look for classics. These new novels just don't grab me... And give me big band swingin' music ('40's) next to my Impressionist composers and I'm happy! Plus I love watching my kids dance around to it.
    Have a great week!!

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  2. They are so cute! I'm sure the babies will love them :-)

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  3. Yes Debbie, You're definately on the right track with the Christmas music. Right up my alley too. Can't beat the classics.
    Love the little elves, so cute and what child wouldn't enjoy them? Maa

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  4. These little gnomes are so cute!!
    xo
    Linda

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  5. Oh yes, I consider them both classic. Of course, you just happened to name two of my mother's three favorite singers of all time. I grew up listening to them on the "hi-fi".

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  6. The elves and babies are perfect - Gorgeous.
    Love the classic reading and music - fantastic.
    Enjoy December.

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  7. Love the elves and babies, so incredibly cute! Hope the elves help you out a lot, perhaps I could do with a couple to help me finish my Christmas knitting ;)

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  8. I'm reading A Christmas Carol and love it! The elves are so cute and tiny-I hope they do not fail you in helping you out ;)

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  9. Yep.. I think those are definitely elves and babies. :) I love that pattern, too (I really need to make more for my fuzzies!).

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  10. YES, I do consider them classics and a tradition around here! LOVE the elves! If they are good helpers, let me know!! ;) blessings ~ tanna

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  11. Bing and Johnny are definitely classics....

    I found a copy of A Christmas Carol at our library book store for $2.00 this year! Definitely going to be a read aloud, whether the kids like it or not.

    Have you heard Focus On The Family's Radio Theatre version? It's great!

    Your little knitted babies/elves are cute! I can tell they are soft and squishy!

    Deanna

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  12. Very cute! I put you on the blog roll for A Childlike Christmas, Debbie! Was I supposed to? I thought so, and this post is awesome!
    I should stick to knitting little things! The elves are darling!
    LOVE Bing. I want to watch White Christmas, come to think of it!
    It looks like the festive season is in full swing at your house!

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  13. What a lovely basket of christmas helpers. Going to be digging out our box of christmas cds later, especially love Jim Reeves.
    xx

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  14. I want a basket of delightful helpers too! Actually, come to think of it, I've got some unfinished gnomes/elves from last year. Hmmmm...

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  15. Hand-spun!
    That's what is I call "homemade".
    What a delight.

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  16. Love the little elves Debbie. I wish I had thought to cast some on, but maybe next year. If I add anything else to my list now I won't finish in time.
    We have been listening to A Christmas Carol during our lunch break, I love it!
    xx

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  17. Your little elves are so cute! A Christmas Carol is great, also love to read A Child's Christmas in Wales every year. Bing and Johnny are classics, as is Nat singing The Christmas Song!

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  18. I have a box of Christmas books too and I read the unabridged Christmas Carol to my girls every year too (a habit I picked up from my paternal grandfather). We also have a really good audio drama of the story that we listen to during the holiday season.

    I also have a small collection of Christmas Carol movies (including the 'classic' Muppets version). When we put of the tree, Kira mentioned that it was time to get out the Muppets Christmas Carol and watch it. :)

    Truly at the ages of seven and ten, Charis and Kira know the story inside out and backwards thanks to there somewhat obsessive Mom.

    :)

    Sorry - it excites me when I find I am not the only person who does certain things...

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  19. Precious...we too get out the books first and get started. Knitting...not there yet, maybe one day

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  20. dear debbie,
    the gnomes are absolutley wonderful.love the classic reading.
    have a wonderful rest week,
    love and hugs,
    regina

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  21. Same Christmas book tradition. Same exact edition of Mr. Dickens' fabulous story. The gnomes/elves? Clicking on your link to find the pattern. :)

    Thanks for sharing,

    Lisa :)

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  22. Those are ADORABLE! Yes, I do believe they are elves. It's the little bells that make them elves. ;)

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  23. The elves are delightful! Every home should have some of these. They look terrific.

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  24. those are great. i love it. and it might be something i can maybe try. lol

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  25. How lovely! Thank you for passing along the pattern for the darling gnome/elf !

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  26. The classics are always good :) And yes, Bing and Johnny are definitely classics in the world of Christmas music.

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  27. I wish I could knit a little better, my kids would adore those little gnomes (thats what they look like to me) : ) Thanks for sharing. tricia @ crunchycatholicmomma

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  28. Oh! The cuteness! My kids would love little gnomes like that, I think I'll have to make some :)

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  29. Love these little gnomes! Are they gifts for babies you know? I know you are involved with the pro-life movement....they would make fantastic gifts for some of those little ones who get to be here because their mama made the right choice :)

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  30. Oh my! Those are so cute!! Maybe I could whip some out before Christmas!

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  31. Wonderful knitty elves!
    I DO consider Bing and Johnny classic Christmas. I also love me some Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald for Christmas. Oh, and Charlie Brown Christmas CD (the best!).

    Happy knitting and listening.

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  32. Oh I love them! They are so cute!!! Have a blessed day!

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  33. Debbie these are lovely!¬ I'm about to dig out my collection of Dickens Christmas Books- for my own personal Christmas reading!!

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  34. I love the elves! And I just got out the Christmas books for the kids I am tutoring...really, if they don't make you want to read....
    Hope the elves make themselves handy!

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  35. Great idea to make them elves. The little bell on the hat is a cute detail. I love Christmas Carol. It was the first Dickens I ever read. Looking forward to sharing it with my little ones this year!

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  36. Why yes, yes I do! Sweet little elves. Your knitting needles must be red hot!

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  37. That's a lot of little elves. Cute. JB

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  38. Oh, I do so love a gnome! But, those are elves - I can tell!!!!!!! And, so cute!

    I've read "A Christmas Carol", but I love seeing it every year - the George C. Scott version.

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  39. My oldest two looked over my shoulder at your picture and really liked your elves...

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  40. Oh Yes, Bing and Johnnny Mathis are two of my favorites, love the elves.

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  41. I'm knitting those same little gnomes! And I'm from Sisters, OR but now live in the Valley! Wondering where in Central Oregon you're at?

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  42. Oh, those gnomes...oops, I mean ELVES are so sweet. And very helpful guys to have around.

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  43. Debbie,

    I wished this didn't post but I don't know how to get a hold of you other wise. Did I offend you? I am sorry if I did.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))
    -Mary

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  44. i love the little bowl of elves, they look just precious all together like that. i have been meaning to make them since last christmas, and at the rate i'm going it won't be till next!

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  45. Oh man! Those elves are awesome. Were they quick? I've got 4 little babies that I'd love to knit them for! Thanks for the great idea!

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  46. Their poor sad little brother at my house needs a friend :)

    Love and miss you!

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