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Gehydy Set of 2 Wedding Gonk Gnomes Bride and Groom Big Size Handmade Engagement Tomte Plush Home Ornaments Tabletop Holiday Figurines Tiered Tray Decorations

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Gonks are best characterized by their simple, unassuming, and endearing appearance. They often have rounded bodies, similar to a stuffed toy, with elongated, gnome-like hats that sometimes obscure their eyes. Many gonks have prominent noses peeking out from beneath their hats, with a fluffy beard cascading below. Note: Row 1 is your foundation row. In Row 2 we will be creating long chains and working into those chains then slip stitching to the foundation row. Their arms and legs are typically stubby, with feet often hidden under their plump bodies. A delightful aspect of gonks is their adaptability; while there’s a general design, regional variations or personal touches allow for an array of different appearances. Over time, as crafting materials have evolved, you might find gonks made with more intricate patterns, various textiles, and embellishments, but the essence remains rooted in simplicity. Symbolic Meanings and Representations That said, like many mythical creatures, gonks remind us of the beauty of traditions and stories passed down through generations. They’re a testament to the universality of certain themes: the need for protection, the warmth of home, and the magic of the festive season.

Christmas gonks are perhaps the most popular, but you'll definitely find gonks all year round, from Easter gonks to Halloween gonks. Throughout the festive season, you'll find Christmas gonks dressed in warm coats, wearing red hats or carrying winter accessories, such as sledges and skis. Looking like miniature versions of Santa Claus, they are available to buy as room decorations, tree decorations and door stops, as well as printed on everything from festive bedding to scatter cushions. Sitting - Another popular style is a sand-bag type decoration, where the gonk’s body is weighed down with sand so they can sit stably on a shelf or table, where their legs dangle freely over the side. Note: For the Bride work 2 more rows of Row 6 so that her arms are long enough to hold her bouquet. Fasten off and weave in your ends. Use the starting tail to close the bottom of the first row. Bride’s Flowers (make 6) Row 1: Working into a MC, SLST to Magic Circle, *Ch1, Dc, Ch1, SLST to Magic Circle* Repeat from *to* a total of 5 times.

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An old Nordic tradition involves leaving out a bowl of porridge during the winter solstice so that the gonk may feast and join in the festivities. As Christmas became more prominent across Scandinavia, these stories and traditions stayed with the people, and gonks eventually came to be paired with Christmas. A Gonk is For Life, Not Just for Christmas Originating in the 1960s, gonks were first designed as stuffed toys made from odds and ends. Crafters created these whimsical characters using spare fabric, yarn, and other materials found around the house. Their rise in British pop culture was swift, soon becoming emblematic toys of the era. To truly appreciate their appeal, one needs to understand the historical context of Christmas gnomes and their popularity. Physical Characteristics of Gonks

Give your beard a little trim to shape and lightly mist it with some water, style the beard and let it dry that way to hold that shape.

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Cut 21 eight-inch strands of yarn for the beard. Group three strands together and attach them to the 7 center single crochet like you would add fringe to a scarf. (See Photo Below) Row 2: *CH20, turn, Work 2 SC into the 2nd CH from the hook, Work 2SC into the next 8 CH, SC into the next 10 CH. Skip a ST of the Foundation Row and SLST to the next ST of Foundation Row.* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. We were one of the first to spot the gonk phenomenon and customers are loving them more and more every year,' says Frances O'Sullivan, Christmas gonk buyer at Poundland. 'It's frankly gonkers! Other gonk-mad celebs like Stacey Solomon have driven the trend. Santa better watch out – they're almost as big as he is.' What is a gonk? Gonks are quirky, gnome-like figurines with faces that are almost entirely covered by a large hat and fluffy beard (you can only see their cute bulbous nose). Life Size - These creatures are always three feet in the lore at most. You can find some standing life size gonks to place around your home, and they’ll look fabulous stood either side of a door or your television.

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