Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Meet Nestor the Knitting Elf!

I have been working on my own monster in preparation for our Monster Birthday Bash Contest. I finished him last week just in time to kick off the contest on Friday at our Friday Night Knit Club (FNKC) in the shop. My creation is a compilation and adaptation of pieces from patterns in The Big Book of Monsters by Rebecca Danger and several of her other downloadable patterns. To make him my own I added my own special pattern for pointy ears, two eye patches of differing sizes, and hair. I decided to turn my monster into an elf, since he "lives" in our shop. I thought a knitting elf in our shop would be more fun. (I think he could be responsible for some of the chaos that occurs there!) One of the things I really like about Rebecca's patterns is that each of her monsters has a story. I decided to write a story about my new little friend. I hope you enjoy it! 

Nestor the Knitting Elf 
Nestor lives in a warn and cozy yarn shop where he loves to hide in the yarn bins and under the tables and chairs. For his own entertainment, Nestor sometimes tosses a ball or two of yarn out of a yarn bin which scares the owners and customers. At night when Nestor tidies up the shop, he finds small balls of leftover yarn rolling around on the floor, misplaced knitting needles that rarely match, and runaway stitch markers that have lost their places. He stores his stash of special finds in his favorite hiding spot --- under the cushions of the overstuffed couch in the center of the shop. After years of living in the shop, Nestor learned to knit while hiding under the table during the beginning knitting classes. With a little bit of practice Nestor has knitted himself a somewhat holey sweater to wear when it's cold.

Keep on knitting!

P.S. So far we have quite a few people that have registered to make monsters for our contest. You can still join in on the fun! Just follow the links in the previous POST to get all the important information. Be sure to read the rules for making a monster and voting ... as well as winning!