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″.