for someone that doesn’t celebrate X-mas in the traditional sense it sure gets busy around my house.
several packages may have made it to the post office and are winging their way around the country as I write this.
some of these corky elves may have fell into the boxes as well.
if you look on ravelry there is a free pattern for a Korknisse and I loosely based my little Santa on that. which means that I was too lazy to look up the pattern as I sat and watched tv but remembered the general picture.
I played around with some of my spinning experiments and came up with this guy. the white yarn is corridale fiber that spun in all different ways- long draw, short forward, rolags, roving, basically just anyway I could think of. then I plied in many different ways – 2 ply, 3 ply and Navajo. I think Navajo ply is my favorite now that I have gotten the hang of it.
the red yarn is also corridale dyed with madder. the fiber felt coarse as it went through my hands and turned my fingers a brick red. the fiber was made up into a ball of roving and I thought it would be easy to work with but it needed to be predrafted because the fiber seemed a little matted or maybe it was just too sticky with dye that wasn’t completely rinsed out. well the red yarn turned out ok – once it was washed it was quite a bit softer.
the beards on my elves are some uncombed mohair locks that I held with the yarn and knit – the mohair is incredibly soft and curly. I would love to get more and put it through my drum carder and make faux rolags to spin. after knitting I finished the hats by felting little pompoms with the fiber cleaned off the drumcarder – all those little short pieces of fiber that collect on the smaller intake wheel of the machine that are cleaned off and discarded by most people(this person is much too frugal to throw away anything). I inserted a little wire into each hat so it can be twisted into silly shapes and even twisted around a branch on an Xmas tree if you want.
these corky Santa elves are really a project right up my alley from spinning the fiber to polishing off several bottles of wine(oh how I suffer for my craft ; )
what silliness are you up to?