A few months ago I knit myself an Age of Brass and Steam shawl for myself… only to finish it and realize that 1) it was smaller than I had wanted it to be and 2) it was also a lot stiffer than I had hoped. Since I loved the design, I knew that I would be knitting it up again… so I unravelled it all and prepped the yarn for reknitting.
About three years ago I started a crochet project that I had hoped would be finished quickly, but knew would take a while to complete. It was springtime and I figured that I could have it finished by December – as a Christmas gift for Abby. Christmas came and went…. twice, before it was finally completed! Abby finally got her blanket for her 5th birthday this year.
I’ve been cross stitching for as long as I can remember… probably close to 30 years… and while my love for this particular craft has been an on again off again one, I never seem to stay away too long.
When Abby was younger, she started biting and chewing on her fingernails. She would bite her tiny little nails as far down as she could (without drawing blood or hurting the skin below).
This past holiday season was all about giving handmade goodness. Hats in all sizes were knit and crocheted, crocheted cup cozies were gifted to teachers, Abby’s blanket was worked on and is now truly in the final finishing stages, and I was even able to work on a little something for myself… a knit shawl.
The sun is shining, there is a breeze in the air and life is good.
As you all know, my sewing machine and I have reacquainted ourselves over the past few weeks… well really I’ve used that time to get to know her a little better, since the machine I had spent the most time with stayed in Germany after my move back to the States.
Just a quick peak of some of what I’ve been working on… these two bags are going to their new home today!
More to come….
This tutorial has been on my mind for quite some time now… since Christmas of last year actually. At that time I had made Noah a set of numbered bean bags following the freezer paper method that I saw on Lil Blue Boo. She’s got a great tutorial for freezer paper stenciling there, so I’m not going to repeat it.