Friday, November 30, 2012

Rounding up November

Hi everyone, I was beginning to think I wouldn't manage to squeeze a blog post in for November but a last minute flurry of finishing means I have something to show after all. First up is this Christmas candle mat using Peace on Earth fabrics by Moda and a free pattern that you can download here
Another small Christmas finish is this Bon Bon by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched
Ideally it should be stuffed full of Ferrero Rocher but they would be long gone if I dared to put them in now! Now on to the cross stitched Christmas ornaments. The first one is by Pineberry Lane. It is stiched on 40ct Lambswool linen with one of the
Victorian Motto Shoppe overdyed threads. The second ornament is Oh Tannenbaum by Country Stitches
It was quite a summer in the UK with the Queen's Jubilee followed by the London 2012 Olympics and I was gripped with patriotic fervour. I made this triple zipper project pouch from a tutorial found on this blog The tutorial is for a small pouch but I wanted a jumbo project pouch. This one is 13 inches wide by eleven inches deep. Each of the three zipper pulls is adorned with a patriotic charm. You should be able to click on the pictures to enlarge if you wish.
Meet Patch! Friend Caz surprised me with this cute Tilda bear she had made for me. Patch arrived bearing the gift of a packet of tiny Union Jack buttons. The two little books you see in the picture are also from Caz. Thank you dear friend I love everything :)
I think the only things I have left to show this time is the knitting. I think I've been doing too much of it as my arm and shoulder are telling me. Last year I started this cardigan from the Rowan Purelife Organic Wool Collection. I finished it off this year and only just sewed the buttons on yesterday. The ruffles are done by picking up stitches with a crochet hook and then doing a chain before picking up the next stitch.
I've also knitted berets for my daughter and grand daughter using Sirdar Crofter yarn. Further details of all knitting projects can be found on my Ravelry page.
So that's it for this time. Hopefully there will be one or two things to show in a December blog post. As always a big thank you to friends old and new for visiting my blog. I'm always happy to read your comments :) Margaret

41 comments:

Giovanna said...

Wow, this is all so wonderful - well done on the great finishes.

Marsha said...

You've been busy and everything is really nice. Love the ornaments. The pouch is very cool. The sweater is gorgeous. I don't usually like ruffles but they are so tiny and precise that i really like it. I'm in awe of knitters.

Margaret said...

Wow! So much that you accomplished!!! I'm especially enamored with your triple zip patriotic pouch and that sweater you knitted. So cool how you did those ruffles on the sweater! But everything is wonderful. Lovely gift from your friend as well!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

You have achieved so much this month! All you projects are very beautiful. I love the pouch and think I may have to make myself one. I also greatly admire your knitting projects. The ruffles are lovely. So many lovely finishes!

Caz said...

Love the berets and the mitts for Amy,, but,, how did you get the photo of the mitts??? Did you have help??

Stephanie said...

You have the best finishes. The tree in the wooden spool is adorable and I love the triple zippy pouch. I bookmarked that tutorial. One day I shall conquer the zipper! Your sweater is so professional and gorgeous as is all of your work. Absolutely love the ruffles.

Mary said...

Oh Margaret, everything looks so wonderful. The pouch is fantastic and I really love the spool of thread as the tree stand - so clever! Your achievements are amazing and I am left feeling inadequate as I can't seem to get the stitching bug happening here. Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas.
Mary

Siobhán said...

Oh, wow, Margaret, everything is fantastic as always! That pouch is so neat! Lovely knitting, and I love the stitching, too. Have a fantastic December!

Vickie said...

Oh Margaret! You always accomplish so much. Love the berets and mitts. The little tree is sweet.♥

Cindy said...

I love to see that you have a new post - it's always inspiring to me. That sweater is so pretty and so is the other knitting.

Kate said...

Everything is so lovely. Thank you for the links.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

You are always so productive Margaret!
Your knitting is wonderful and I just love the little Christmas tree in the cotton reel, it really is so very sweet. :)
Beautiful candle mat and I'll let you into a little secret my next 2 rabbits' names are on it. ;)
Thank you for your lovely comment over at mine, I always love your visits. :)
Happy weekend,
Vivienne x

angelasweby said...

Absolutely lovely, as always Margaret. I adore the fingerless gloves and the cardigan. It looks so professional. The zippered pouch is perfect for storing all those precious bits and piece. Love the charms.
Your range of talents really is amazing :-)
Gorgeous little candle mat too BTW!
Angela

Nicola said...

Margaret everything is so beautiful, a feast for the eyes.

Ellen said...

Gorgeous! I love everything especially that pouch, it's so cool!

Hugs,

Debbie said...

what alot of great projects! I admit, the English triple-zip is my fav!!

Carol said...

I'm always so happy to see a new post from you, Margaret--your creativity and finishes are so wonderful!! I think the triple pouch is fantastic--what a great idea. And i love your little Christmas tree in the spool--may have to "borrow" that finish myself someday :)

Hope your December is filled with lots of love and laughter as you prepare and celebrate Christmas with your family!

Barb said...

Both the ornaments and the knitting are lovely.

Françoise said...

So beautifull!!!!
as always
Françoise

Mii Stitch said...

Great post! Fabulous work, I love everything... Such creativity & talent :)

Lili said...

Wow! How many beautiful projects!
The fabrics are amazing!
Love your idea with the second ornament by With thy Needle and Thread.
The first one is so adorable, the Christmas candle mat...
What to say... What a fantastic November! ;)
Happy December!!
Hugs x

Michelle said...

Lovely photos Margaret - I adore the Christmas Tree stitching in the Cotton Reel how inventive. Hope you are keeping well xx

Yvonne W said...

I am always stunned at the number of finishes you have each month! They all look gorgeous.

Manuela said...

You have a wonderful Blog.
The christmas candle mat is beautiful.

Have a nice day, Manuela

Sheila said...

You are my hero (heroine?).
You have finished so many lovely things this month, as you do every month. Love absolutely everything!!!
I wish I was you :)

Tatkis said...

Wow, you have so many beautiful finishes!
Well done!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Katrina said...

Hi Margaret, I always so enjoy seeing what your recent crafty endeavours have been. This time I just love everything and many thanks for the link to the beautiful candle mat, I've already filed it away for next year :)

Best wishes and have a happy week!

Theresa said...

What a lot of gorgeous finishes Margaret - I love the giant patriotic pouch and the Christmas tree in particular. Your bear gift is gorgeous too, looks great in that Keep Calm fabric, what fun!

Andrea said...

Loads of gorgeous finishes. Love the UK 2012 inspired pouch.

Jeanne said...

Love everything Margaret especially that patriotic triple pouch, I'm headed over to that blog link to take a look at the tutorial. I'm not much of a knitter...thinking I may browse Etsy for some hand-warmers like the ones you made. In the winter my hands get cold and stiff while working - my computer is by the window. Those look like they would do the job! Have a great December with lots of fun holiday things.

Liz - Moments said...

As always...beautiful work !!
I love the BonBon !! super sweet

Carin said...

Your finishings are beautiful and that London fabric is very pretty.

Karoline said...

So many great finishes, congratulations. I love the cardigan

lyn briggs said...

Another lot of beautiful items. Really love the cardigan. The ruffle front is very effective.

Paula said...

I love everything you have made, particularly the cardigan. I have just ordered the book and can't wait to make one myself.

Pilar said...

Preciosos trabajos !enhorabuena!

VALIE said...

Love love love the British pouch... I would, wouldn't I ? Zippers is my own personal 2013 challenge !
I stitched the Pineberry Lane pattern too, but it sadly lies unfinished at the bottom of a drawer.
I hope you have a lovely Christmas.
Best wishes, Valérie

Lili said...

Hello Margaret!
Thanks for your comment!
Merry Christmas!!
Big hug,
Lili

Lesleyanne said...

So many gorgeous finishes. Patch is lovely. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Brigitte said...

I'm a bit behind with commenting - and you are certainly already rounding up December, lol.
Your Christmas finishes are all so beautiful, I particularly love the Christmas tree one. And how cool is the zipper bag. What a fantastic idea. Thanks for providing the link, I must read the tutorial and try it myself.
Great knitting projects, too.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

I love your beautiful blog !

bisous from FRANCE

BONNE ANNEE 2013 !!!!!!