Then, a few months ago, I came across the Gnome egg cozy, along with its companions, the Chicken, Rabbit, Dog and Penguin. They are made of felt and are adorable. All my friends who have seen them have literally squealed with delight at the sight of the Gnome and company. I have visions of a family or group of friends, coming into their kitchen in the morning, to find someone has made soft boiled eggs for them, placed those same eggs in egg cups and kept warm by the different egg cozies. It would be gorgeous, magical and fun as well. The Gnome is humorous looking too, with it’s extra long pointed cap and fuzzy white beard.
The egg cozies are made by a women’s cooperative in the Khatmandu valley, outside the capitol city of Nepal. Wool remants from the carpet industry are used, and the women rub the wool fibers on a screen submerged in water, until the fibers bind together. This is a very labour intensive process and can take many hours to produce enough felt to create these unique egg cozies.