The Gnomies have been unleashed!
They actually went out to the Ko-Fi subscribers on Friday as scheduled but once again I failed to make a blog post because I was too busy doing House Stuff.
And naturally immediately after publishing it, I decided to go a different direction: the design comes with a heart for the garland, but I have decided a free-standing lace (FSL) version would be better. And why not add a shamrock while I’m at it? I’m not sure if tomten/nisse/gnomes are folklorically related to leprechauns or if this is a case of a Scandinavian invasive species displacing the Irish native one or what, but St. Patrick’s gnomes are popular.
I originally had conceived of the gnome as wearing mittens, but as I said in the instructions you can just run the hands in the same color as the nose for a more warm-weather gnome. But having done so with a higher-contrast beard I now can’t un-see “nekkid gnomie!”
Anyway, once I have properly tested the FSL heart and shamrock, and added it and the slightly larger version of the gnomie to the files, I will backfill the Ko-Fi version and add the direct-purchase version.
And then I’ll wrap up the March design. It’ll be a two-fer, the bunny and hamster, with probably the single-piece white seal charm as the March freebie. After that, I’ll have to resist the temptation to cart the embroidery machines over and start setting up the new space. It’s a 25-minute+ drive from the current place so I really shouldn’t set up a commute for myself, but the ADHD brain craves novelty…