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The Tomten and a Winner

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The Tomten

At night, when all is quiet around the farm, the Tomte wakes up to look after all of the animals and the family that lie sleeping in the farm house. As he visits each animal,child,and adult he brings the promise of spring. This book is a beautiful introduction to the world of the Swedish gnome better known as a tomte (tom-ta). The quiet snowy Swedish night makes this a perfect story for a bedtime read.


The book was lovingly inspired by a poem written by Viktor Rydberg. Tomorrow as a special treat I have the english translation of that poem. Astrid Lindgren did a fantastic job of taking this long poem and putting it into little by through her retelling of it.

Before we get to the "something to do" part I wanted to announce the winner of the Tomten and the Reynard give away.

 The winner is:

lorena said…

oh how beautiful!!

Congratulations Lorena. A huge thank you to Lorilee Kopp aka MamaKopp for her talents and generosity.

Something To Do

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We couldn't very well read a book about a Tomte and not have a hat to wear like his. This simple and fun version I created so that children could knit this without any problem. You can knit this flat or on circular needles. Either way it comes out just fine.


  • Yarn : I used a chunky 5 baby alpaca yarn
  • Needles size 10
  • Yarn needle only if knitting flat

Gauge: 4 X 4  14 sts over 20 rows

Cast On 65 stitches

Work in rib stitch for two inches. Rib stitch is: knit 2, purl 2

Work in Stockinette stitch for 16 rows. Stockinette stitch is knit a row, purl a row.

*On row 16 start decreasing: This is a knit row. Knit 1, K2together. Knit as usual until you get to the last three stitches at the end of this row. K2together, K 1.

Nest Row: Purl *

Continue this pattern until you have 5 stitches bind off. Gather tightly to close if you are working in the round.

If you knitted this flat, block, and sew together.

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