And Then There is Knitting

after all the madness of christmas gift knitting, I have been taking it a bit easier in January.  There are knitting finishes tho – how about a couple pairs of warm felted slippers to keep winter chills away?  I have modified this pattern to fit the feet I knit for, added an extra wooly sole, and then sewed on a leather sole so the slippers last longer!  

IMG_4136  Here is the second pair for my oldest brother:

IMG_4137  Hmmm, now that is a bit of an odd angle!  Just lean over to the left, a bit more, a bit more – there, now they are straight ;)

For eye candy I offer this crescent shaped shawl designed by Luise of Impeccable Knits – be sure to check out the group on Ravelry.  This is Southwind, and since the colorway is called Midwinter, I have dubbed it my Midwinter Southwind.  Creative, aren’t I?  IMG_4143  IMG_4144  IMG_4149  We had a sunset in just these shades of blue and purple the other evening!  

Loose Ends from 2013, and Finishes in January

I spent most of 2013 working through a series of Santa ornaments from a kit by Donna Vermillion Gampian – and here are the 7 (of 9) that I liked and stitched:

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In the last week of December, I also finished these lovely ornaments that I found stitched at a thrift store – Penguin Parade by Kym Bowles:

IMG_4057  I had planned on making a 2 x 3 quilted wallhanging, but the sideways ornament threw me off!  Aren’t they cute?

The stitching mojo has continued into January – I finished I Heart Halloween by Mill Hill in the first week:

IMG_4104  This is the first Mill Hill kit I have stitched and beaded, and I rather enjoyed it.  I backed it with felt.  And finally, I am trying to stitch up some of my accumulation of kits – this is Candlelight Noel, a Dimensions Gold ornament kit:

IMG_4116  Loads of backstitching, french knots, and other fiddly stuff in this piece!  I am also working on Maryse’s 2014 SAL – details are here on her blog: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fgrillesdemaryse.canalblog.com%2Farchives%2F2013%2F11%2F12%2F28416954.html

and I will show it off when I have a few more parts stitched. 

Happy New Year 2014!

Please come happy dance with me!  After 6 years and 8 months of being a ufo and a wip, my Waterlily Quilt is finally finished!  I am so delighted to be done :)

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Waterlily Quilt (c) Chatelaine Designs.  Stitched on Belfast linen, using silks, beads and crystals.  Finished size is 22″ x 22″.

Wasn’t I Lucky?

If you are a regular reader of The Musk Ox – Qiviut Blog http://www.theqiviutblog.blogspot.ca/ you will know that she hosts regular giveaways.  At the end of May, I was the very lucky winner of this lovely assortment of woolen goodness:

100_0070  This months giveaway is for the lot above 275 grams in 2 & 4 ply’s sweetly soft. The mill ends are blends of qiviut/merino and qiviut/angora rabbit, some little skeins of pure qiviut all from the bobbin ends that we spin almost daily.

Upon receiving the package, I quickly wound the skeins into this:

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and then got busy, and knit this semi-circular shawl in the classic Feather and Fan pattern, using every last yard of all the lovely yarns:

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Now I think I should go buy some lottery tickets!

It’s a Mitten Knitting Year!

I knit with a great group of ladies every Saturday afternoon at our local library branch.  Each year the Library puts up a mitten donation tree – and this year a number of us are knitting mittens for kids who need them.  Check out the mittens I have finished:

IMG_3375 IMG_3440 IMG_3399-001 IMG_3436 IMG_3439  I hope to donate 12 pairs this year, and if the other knitters add their own mitten dozens, that tree should be full this fall!

IMG_3312   IMG_3290-001 IMG_3292    There has been other knitting as well – this is the Lila Shawl designed by Gillie Parsons, knit in Drooling over Yarn’s Merino Fingering.  I love the crescent shape and the gorgeous lace border!

IMG_3419 And this little sweetheart with matching hat is the Opal Sock Bunny by Susan Anderson, knit here in Patons Kroy sock yarn in Sweet Stripes.  She will be going to a friend for a new granddaughter later this summer!  At this point, one can only dream of summer.  March has been cold and snowy, with many dreary cloudy days.

Finally,  I have added a lovely damask tablecloth fabric IMG_3427 to my Stash for Sale page.  Scroll down and check out all the details :)

This New Year

started out with lots of stitching!  I caught the ornament bug early this year, and stitched up these three in quick succession:

Santa One Ornament - Jan. 2013  Santa 1 from a kit of 9 Santas by Donna Giampa

Baaa Humbug  Baaa Humbug from The Cricket Collection – stitched over 1

and Whitetail Deer ornie, Jan. 2013  Whitetail deer from Crossed Wing Collection’s Feed The Hungry!

I have also put an old piece back on the qsnaps and stitching frame – my Chatelaine’s Waterlily Quilt.  I cannot believe I started this in 2004 and still have not completed it!  My goal is to stitch every day – one stitch, 10, and 100 – doesn’t matter – just do something every day!

IMG_3295  So this is where I am starting from in 2013!  Wish me luck!

I had the pleasure of finishing Lynne Mc’s AQFB this month – loads of hand sewing in this finish – but it is so gorgeous!

IMG_3286  IMG_3287-001  IMG_3289-001  If you hear a big happy shout soon, that will be Lynne when it arrives home in the mail :)

I have been cleaning house too – just added some lovely gingham 22 ct aida by Charlescraft into the sale page – all the details are there, but here is a sneak peek:

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Look for a knitting update in a few days!

Everybody inhale……. exhale…..

November and December are always such busy months – between my own stitching and knitting and finishing work, baking, get togethers….. it seems each day has something scheduled.  Yesterday I finished the last of my must do christmas painting, and this morning I wrote cards and mailed out packages.  I also finished the last section of my SAL with Novalee:

IMG_3184 I think I will finish it as a quilted wallhanging in the new year!  I am looking forward to doing this SAL again in the fall of 2013!

I finished my own ornaments late last week – just a pitiful few this year as I did not stitch my normal christmas and halloween ornament a month, but enough to go around:

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IMG_3180  The wood christmas ornaments for my own kids and a few special others are all done – remind me to take a pic of the collections my own kids have.  Painting one a year adds up!

And of course, the knitting continues as well.  The thrum slippers are a lovely warm pattern and will be for my oldest brother, while the cabled hat is probably the warmest I have made, given that it has a knitted lining.  The socks and shawl will be heading off to some special friends who appreciate knitting!

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Tomorrow my ornament tree goes up, along with our usual assortment of christmas goodness, and then the baking starts the following week.  I hope everyone else is on track with their self-imposed deadlines!  Just remember to breathe!

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