Sunday, 8 January 2017

Gifts from Afar

Ooh, I'm a bit slow to get going this January!  Still no tatting at all but I'm enjoying knitting.

For this post, I just wanted to share a culinary delight:  not only beautiful to look at but tasty too!  I don't know if you remember my attempts at making springerle type biscuits?  I had never actually tried the real thing but a kind friend sent me some from Germany (amongst other lovely items too like the pretty crochet doily that the biscuits are on).

Here are a few of them...
several were eaten before I thought to take a photo!

I particularly like the star one
with the very intricate decorations...
so pretty!

The little brown spot is a seed
that was coming through the top of the biscuit.

I thought I didn't like the taste of aniseed but I have to say I enjoyed these very much.  I have a few left... but they're so beautiful, it's nearly a shame to eat them!

Thank you so much J. for the generous gifts.  I'm a lucky lady.  :-)

Best wishes,

Sunday, 1 January 2017

A New Year

Here we are:  it's the 1st of January 2017.  Another year begins.  I wish you all a great New Year filled with exciting projects, happiness and creativity.

My first completed project is a pair of socks for my daughter - they are "Moose Parade", a free pattern by Drops Design.  They were meant to be for Christmas but I didn't quite manage to finish them on time.  I did complete another pair of red ones with nice cabling which made it under the Christmas tree but this pair took a little longer to knit.

I'm pleased with them and would make them again.  The colour is dark grey-green with a lighter contrasting grey (not really obvious from the photo).  The nice thing about colour work on these socks is that it makes for a thicker, warmer sock although it's knitted in fine wool:  carrying the wool behind give it double thickness.  And the moose were just too cute!

How about you, is your new year off to a good start?  What are your January projects?

Best wishes,

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Snowflake Gingerbread & Best Wishes

I love snowflakes.  Whether they are tatted, painted... or baked!  Making and decorating gingerbread is one of my favourite Christmas time activity and a lovely little gift for family and friends.  This Scandinavian recipe is particularly delicious, flavoured with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and orange zest.  I found it many years ago in a magazine and it's the one I re-make every year.

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a lovely holiday
and I wish you a wonderful and creative New Year 2017.

Best wishes,

Monday, 5 December 2016

Glasses Case

I'm still on my gift production line!  Here is a glasses case in crochet.  I used the star stitch I had previously used to make bags as I liked the texture.  This was a special request so I hope it will fit the bill!

Best wishes,

Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas Pudding....

.... earrings!  My daughter and I had fun making these yesterday.

And I finished two more hats.

Can't stop long,
so much more I want to make.

I bet you are all really busy too now that December is just a couple of days away!

Best wishes,

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

A Bit of Fun

Someone in our family really loves dachshunds!  So when I saw this pattern for a mug cozy, I just had to make it for him as a little Christmas present.

I didn't have the right cup to put him on
but he should look something like that as a mug cozy:

I'm pleased with him
A satisfying and quick crochet project.

Now I'm onto another knitted hat (the fourth one so far).  

Best wishes,

Friday, 18 November 2016

Finished the Re-Knit

I'm so pleased I finally finished re-knitting this cardigan\jacket.  The fit is now soooo much better!  I thought I was mad to knit a whole garment in K1P1 (so slow!) in the first place... but to do it twice!! It's considerably smaller this time, with a more fitted, darted, bodice and knitting it with smaller sized needles also gives the jacket more body.  Once again I lined the button bands with ribbon (nice velvet one this time) and it was worth the extra time to do that.  For a close-fitting knit, this gives a nicer finish with no gaping or pulling at the buttonholes.

It probably doesn't look like much in the photos, but it does look nice on.  Again, my favourite part of this pattern is...

the back:

I also managed to finish the second hat (in robin colours) and found a robin pin to go with it.

I'm now getting busy with more things I want to knit, crochet, sew, tat for Christmas gifts.  I need to get my skates on.  How about you, how are your projects coming along?

Best wishes,