Cherry Leaf Shawl Happy Dance!

Cherry Leaf Shawl from Victorian Lace Today. Knit with 1 and 2/3 balls Mini Maiden by Hand Maiden – 50% silk 50% wool – 500 m per 100 gram ball. Done Nov. 21, 2007.  I used one full ball for the body, and 2/3 of the other for the knit on lace edging.
11-cherry-leaf-shawl-body.jpg lace edging and body
11-cherry-leaf-shawl-corner.jpg turning the point
111_1194.jpg along one edge
111_1195_r1.jpg half way
111_1196.jpg the full shawl

I am beyond words……

Stocking Thread Keeper

I love the feel of good wood – satiny smooth and warm in your hand.  And I love cross stitching – could you guess??  So when I saw these lovely little stocking thread keepers on the Bloom Woodworks site, I simply could not resist!  This is Woodland Stocking #2 – Alsace, by Giulia Punti Antichi – a freebie that comes with the purchase of the thread keeper.  Rather than stitching on the paper stocking form, I stitched on 39 ct linen and then mounted the piece on cardboard.  A fine linen is necessary – something in the 40 count range, to have the piece fit on the wood stocking.  I subbed Dark Forest green Silk’n’Color for the blue silk the pattern called for.  I just love the result!


Bloom Woodworks can be found here:

 and Giulia’s site is here:

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my blog over the past month or so – it is wonderful to know that people enjoy my blog 🙂

Stash Clean out!

Check out the Stash for Trade or Sale page (look up!) – I have been cleaning up my work table and all these things need to find new homes 🙂

The Pitter Patter

of little feet will soon be heard at DH’s niece’s house – they had an 8 pound 8 ounce baby girl on Friday!  I think her name is Sybella – or Sabella – and mom and baby are doing fine.  I was busy knitting little things last week in happy anticipation – of a boy!!  LOL – ah well.  Back to the knitting needles.
These were knit with scraps of Opal sock yarn, using the Apple Hat pattern by Ariel Benjamin –
I doubled the yarn for the hat, as it calls for a worsted weight yarn. The socks were knit using the Nate pattern from here:
and I will simply tuck them away until someone I know delivers a boy.

 I have been busy stitching too – finished off an ornament from the Ornament RR I belong to:
This is Reindeer from JBW stitched on a gray linen using Blueberry GAST. The colors in the pic are all wonky tho! I love these little JBW charts – great choice Jennifer!

And I finished this page from the Ackworth Friendship Book RR I am in – this is Sue’s page stitched with Shadow Soy Luster:
This RR has been a joy to be in – and I am looking forward to getting my pages back and assembling them. What a lovely keepsake!

 The weather has definately turned colder – I have been waiting for snow since October began but it has been unseasonably warm for southern Alberta.  I almost hate to admit it, but I have missed the onset of winter.  I am looking forward to cross country skiing, building snowmen and long cosy afternoons knitting while watching the snow fall down.

Ah Halloween

Halloween is really for the kids in this house.  They love it – everything from the pumpkin carving:

to the dressing up:

and of course the bags of candy!  DD is shown in her school party costume, and then as the power ranger for trick or treating.  DS is the zombie, and his buddy is the white hair guy.  They had a wonderful time going out, and returned safely – which is all this Mom is really concerned about.

 My knitting needles have been flying this past week.  This little number is a mobeus capelet knit with Lion Brand Fun Fetti on 8 mm needles.  Just cast on 30 stitches, knit until the piece is long enough to go around the recipient’s shoulders, cast off, twist the piece, and then sew it together.111_1167.jpg

DS requested a scarf for the upcoming winter – this is knit with one ball of Icelandic Jewels from Yarn Bee in a simple K1P1 rib pattern:


and I did another one in red, just for good measure:

I have been busy knitting baby socks with scraps of opal sock yarn – should have one to show next time I post! It keeps me out of the halloween loot bags!!