This picture is from several months ago, when I received wonderful blog candy from Karin. How could she have known blue was my favorite color?? (Perhaps she is just marginally observant of the many hinting comments I had left on her blog for a while, LOL!!) Aren't these beads fabulous?? I plan to make a necklace (and maybe earrings), but I want to use at least one for a scissors fob as well. The needlecase is just wonderful; look at all that work!
What a coincidence, then, that one of my TWBB Christmas Ornament Exchange ornaments went to Karin! This is Teresa Wentzler's Intermediate Whitework Ornament. Of course, I couldn't do it in all white. =) It was kitted for me by DF Jill. Since Karin likes "sparklie", I put it over gold lame' to show off the drawn thread areas. I also tried something new with the twisted cord by adding beads while I was twisting, to add even more "sparklie". I'm not entirely satisfied with how it came out; the beads are a little too random. I'd like them to be more even. I also wish I'd hung it diamond-shaped rather than square. But overall, I was happy with it and it was rather hard to put it in the mail.
I didn't think I would have time to make many gifts for Christmas (in 2007 I made scarves for my three nieces). However, I did manage a few. I made one of the famous scarves for my mom, since she coveted the ones I'd made for my nieces. I also made one for DF Larissa (ditto on the covet =). Since I gave DF Jill a "big" present for her birthday (tickets to the "So You Think You Can Dance" tour...oh, yes, I need to post those pictures sometime!), she commanded that I was not supposed to give her a Christmas present. Well, I at least wanted to give her something "small"...and since she loves koalas, when I saw this guy on Ravelry, I couldn't help myself. I made some major changes to the pattern; mainly knitting in the round and using worsted weight yarn rather than fingering. I also totally changed the ear construction. When I find where I wrote it all down, I'll add the details to my Ravelry listing.
Jill, in return, was way too generous and gave me a Heart's Content kit that I had (unbeknownst to her) been lusting after for quite a while...featuring my favorite critter...AND the scissors to go with it! I couldn't resist starting on him on New Year's Day (once the last scarf had been given away!)
I had to postpone more work on Mr. Squirrel, though, because I had decided I wanted to stitch something for DF Jean's birthday. I got some grace days because we celebrated a little late. I'm afraid she only got the finished needlwork, without it being made into anything (originally it was supposed to be a needleroll). I finished at 11:30 the night before her party! Fortunately, she liked it and told me she had a great frame for it. Sorry for the sub-standard picture...I barely had time to throw it on the scanner before I ran out the door to work the morning of the party! This is "has lost her sheep" from bearly a bird designs. I thought that phrase was a bit of a downer (especially for someone that loves sheep as much as Jean), so I changed the words.
So at least three of us in blog land are cuddled up with our favorite critters to start the year!
|Gifts to and from me.... Sadly, I can't find a picture of the blog candy I sent to Erin...I'm sure I took one...OR of the ornament I gave my niece!!|
So what's your favorite cuddly critter?