This week brought the return of embroidery to my days and I am loving every stitch! My project is loosely based on these Snowflake ornaments. I picked three snowflakes, enlarged them and traced them onto Sulky Solvy and began stitching. I will use just 3 colors and once the “outline” part is done, I will do some stitching around them. So. Much. Fun!
The second project I began this week was a pair of Hermoine’s Everyday Mitts! Yep, I went to my Ravelry Library and looked at the mitt patterns I had there and these were the ones with the closest gauge to my yarn. I spun the yarn from a lovely tweedy batt that I got eons ago from a tiny shop in Beulah, Michigan. This yarn has been waiting a long time to become something and I think it is a perfect fit!
And I have some Gnoelle pieces to share, as of yesterday (there is a new clue out today) I have three parts of Noelle done… a scarf, a hat, and a messenger bag. Each has been so fun to make and I love the slow reveal of the gnome in December and coupled with some a fun story and some other surprises (yesterday was some Gnome Gift Tags… which yes, I have traced onto some watercolor paper to play around with!
My reading this week has been simply wonderful. I am reading Winter Solstice with Katie and I am enjoying this book very much. It has a really wonderful cast of characters, it is in a beautiful setting (Scotland), and in the most perfect time of year (Christmas). I am just a bit more than half way though but I am not rushing to get it done at all. It is such a lovely companion to my daily activities!
At night, I am reading the latest Kate Marshall mystery for Netgalley and it is the perfect light mystery to read before bed.
I also picked up the latest book of poetry from Billy Collins, Musical Tables. It is incredibly enjoyable and the perfect way to start my morning quiet time! The poems are short but meaty… Collins likes to make you think beyond the words on the page.
So there you have my early December making and reading. I hope you are taking time to find things you enjoy about this season!
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I reread Winter Solstice every December. It’s like meeting up with old friends in a place I’d love to visit (Scotland).
I love your snowflakes and Gnoelle is going to be adorable, I can already tell with those colors you are using! I’ve never read Winter Solstice and I just added it to my list.
Oh wow, three gorgeous projects on the go. I am still knitting the Cinderella doll but my progress is so slow I have virtually nothing to show. Big push on it this week.
I’m so happy to see the return of your stitching! I can’t wait to see how this gnome shapes up because the accessories you’ve already made are so sweet!
LOVE the snowflakes, Kat. I really love playing around with Rebecca’s designs . . . so freeing! And the gnome, of course, is so much fun. XO
This was an inspired and inspiring week for making and reading! I had to look up Sulky Solvy and now I’m imagining ways that I might use it. I’m looking forward to seeing more of all your projects (especially Gnoelle)!
What a good/great week you’ve had Kat! Gnoelle is going to be darling – I love all the accessories you have knit for her so far. But those snowflakes!! They will be stunning. Like Bonny, I had no idea what Sulky Solvy was, but now I’m curious about what you will do with your snowflakes when you are finished stitching them! Thanks for the link to the mitt pattern. Hermione’s Everyday Socks is a favorite pattern of mine and now I think some mitts might be in order! Finally, I’ve only read The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher and really enjoyed it. I just may need to pick up Winter Solstice – sounds perfect for right now!
the stitching is beautiful, I bet you get into a zen kind of feeling with that. I wish that was true for my cross stitch, but one day white on beige background will end!! The gnome accessories are adorable!!
I love all your gnomes and looking forward to seeing the December mystery gnome.
Sulky Solve-what a great idea! I am so behind on what is available in the Making World.
Hope you have a slow(but as productive as you need) Christmas Season!
Oooh – the yarn in the mitts looks so wonderful. When I finish the winter accessories, I plan to start a new project that includes some handspun. I have never heard of that fabric but I’m off to look for it. I just finished the Winter Solstice. I listened to it last Spring or Summer but enjoyed it just as much in a hard copy. And the darling accessories for the gnome are so sweet.
I’m looking forward to the big reveal when Gnoelle is finished, with maybe a look as all the others come together for a year end gathering.
The Winter Solstice is having a bit of a revival- I’ve seen it featured on several other blogs recently. Must be time for me to attempt some more of Rosamunde Pilcher’s work. I find them a tad on the long side.
I love all of the variety in your stitching this week! And I can’t wait to see that gnome come together – how cute are those pieces?! I’m also really enjoying Winter Solstice — I meant to put it aside last night to listen to an audiobook and stitch, but I didn’t want to stop reading it. So I kept going!!
That embroidery is lovely!