I can now share with you some of the gifts I made for Christmas! I had a few very busy weeks with lots of projects going!

First off, I saw this on Etsy and knew that this would be so perfect for Daughter Number Two and her new family! I had some lovely linen cloth and some beautifully hand-dyed silk thread, the question was this: could I master embroidery in time to finish and send the gift?

After a few early mistakes and having to snip out the stitches, I finally got the hang of how embroidery works (sort of – for those of you out there in Reader Land who are accomplished embroiderer’s, please overlook my lacking skills!!) I finished the hand work. I seamed on a “mat” of indigo linen from AVFKW (remnants of a lovely dress I made) and nestled it carefully in a frame from IKEA, I think it turned out pretty darn nicely! My daughter and her fiancé are happy with the end results and that makes me happy!

Up next, I modified the Lays Potato Chips of Knitting Pattern to work for a more masculine foot! Enter some vintage Lopi and a new pair of slippers are keeping some feet nice and toasty and warm!

Then came the last-minute request from my dear son – could I make his girlfriend some mittens? Please? Thank you Tin Can Knits for your 12 Days of Christmas gifts, because Antler Mittens were so cute and I had a lovely skein of Lamb’s Wool from Marr Haven that had been maturing nicely in my stash – end result: one pair of beautiful warm and cozy mittens done in time to mail them to the Great White North!

Bonus in that I think I have enough to make another pair of mitts from the uber-generous Tin Can Knits for a friend. Queue the Honeycomb mitts, please. And, they do double duty in that they are part of the insanity that is #12DaysOfCastingOn2015 that Natural Stitches has going on! I will let you know if I win this round of Knitter’s Chicken…

Finally, the pièce de résistance – a weaving project that I am happy with! I present the “In The Bleak Mid-Winter Scarf”. I simply love how it turned out. Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy and Miss Babs Northumbria weft were the perfect combination for the white wool warp. I learned on my test run that the pattern in the Zauberball completely camouflaged the beauty of Crystal Twill – so plain weave was the ticket. I love the way that the gray tones seem almost like a gradient. I also learned that if you are going to full the cloth a bit in the washer, you should twist the fringe first. I absolutely love this scarf and the recipient does too!

I hope that your holiday was merry, bright, and filled with family and friends! But, it’s Monday, and you know it will be a long one – they always are after a long weekend. May the memories of your weekend ease you through the day. If not – remember it is another short week, so how bad could it possibly be?


If you need me, I will be casting on yet another project…

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