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