However, I have not been taking it easy, I have, in fact, been wearing my little fingers out knitting. I have several projects on the go at the moment and I have been working hard to get this one finished in time to share it with you throughout this month, my way of celebrating 'Christmas in July'!
Now, anyone who visits this space regularly will know that my nieces and nephews are all grown up and some even have families of their own. I think that my sisters should be very proud of their children because they have all become wonderful, caring adults and I am so very fond of all of them. One of my nieces has an adorable little boy who has now been at school a few years - and he is doing very well. Last Christmas my niece put their decorations up whilst he was at school. When he came home he became very excited when he spotted two little elf ornaments she has put out. You see, the other children at his school had been talking about their 'elves on a shelf' and he assumed that these were them. They were, in fact, just ordinary ornaments but my niece played along by organising their nightly adventures.
A few nights later my niece arranged the 'boy' elf so it appeared that he was eating some of their Christmas treats. In the morning her son became very upset when he saw the elf being naughty, in fact, he burst into tears. After that every time one of the elves misbehaved he became very upset and my niece quickly realised that she would not be able to pose their elves in any mischievous tableaux. As you my know, these elves have a reputation for getting into mischief and my niece found it more and more difficult to think of poses for their elves which put them in a good light.
Early in the New Year I had a call from my niece, she wanted to know whether I could knit a few outfits for her elves. It was her idea that the elves could be dressed differently each day, this would give them a different look. I must admit that I found the idea of making 25 small dresses and 25 small jumpers more than a little daunting and I put the task off for a while, but at the end of April, I got out my patterns and started experimenting.
Two months later and here they are ..........