I have been enjoying knitting my own little fantasy world lately. I have put aside the issue of proportion to some degree and creating whatever comes to my mind. The very first project was the one above; gnome and their toadstool house.
This house is much bigger than the one I made for the woodland book. I am making gnomes with seasons’ themes and this one is for spring.
I love making gnomes and I know I am not the only one who enjoy making little people.
I bought this book at National Trust bookshop many years ago. I still enjoy looking at pictures time to time.
The illustrations are amazing and the writing is very interesting. The book discusses their origins, occupations and hobbies, their homes, gardens, and their technology. It even has recipes enjoyed by gnomes.
Some may think it is downright silly, but I absolutely love this book. I am a great fan of the illustrator. He has done lots of fantasy drawings and his work is utterly amazing.
I love his sense of humour. His gnomes are all so quirky, very charming and full of characters.
And here is one of my favorite. He has cleverly drawn a safety pin at the tip of the fishing line. There is our ecological footprint here and you can see its impact on environment. I feel a pang of guilt whenever I look at this picture.
Mine is a young boy gnome and has no beard. I wanted to create an adventurous little one.
I am not too good at knitting frogs. I have had many trials and errors, more errors than successes, but I think I did all right with this one.
I would love to do a book on gnomes someday. There are lots of folktales universally. We have some gnome tales in Japan, too. Maybe I should do a research on gnomes and write some stories alongside the knitting patterns.
This frog turn out a little too fat. See, I am not too good at making frogs…..