Well, it ended up taking a lot longer than I’d anticipated to get back to blogging after my vacation. I’m pleased to report that I did finish knitting my brother’s gloves in time to give them to him for Christmas:
I also did some more work on my Morning Flight cross stitch over the break, and got as far as adding the first full crosses!
This is what it looked like before I took it off the frame:
I took it off the frame to begin work on the Save the Stitches blackwork sampler (free pattern available at Blackwork Journey). It’s a sampler of 131 different blackwork stitches, with multiple variations of each stitch. I plan on finishing it as a wall hanging, probably with a black fabric border. This is one and a half of the 24 blocks making up the pattern:
(Sorry for the slight fuzziness — it turns out to be quite a difficult pattern to photograph for me.)
I’m realizing that the blues I’ve been working on are make up a huge part of the cross stitching in that pattern, so while I’m only barely into the number of colors I need to work, I’m pretty far into the total number of stitches
I’ve not blogged for a couple of weeks, due to a combination of begin busy and working on non-photogenic projects. Please accept this photo of Lily “assisting” me with cutting out a pair of pajama pants as an apology:
This year has gone very fast for me, and now that it’s December, I’m realizing I really need to focus on my christmas projects… I have five things I’d like to get done before christmas:
This one is probably the most important to me, although knowing my brother, he’d find a glove and a half (still on the needles) under the tree hilarious. I’d prefer to avoid that, however.
2) A knight on horseback hand puppet from an ancient kit I’ve got. So far I’ve finished the horse and just need to make the knight.
Look at that cute (or maybe slightly disturbing…) face! This one needs to be done by Dec 15 if it’s going to get done, as I don’t want to try to finish it at my parents’ house. It’s not critical that it get done, either.
3) A dragon hand puppet from a similar kit. This is the one I was working on earlier, but it got put on hold for a bit due to misplacing some of the pieces. I’ve got them, so I just need to finish it.
Like above, this needs to get done by Dec 15 or not for this year.
4) Chocolate truffles. I made truffles from How to Cook That‘s chocolatetrufflerecipes last year, and they were amazing, so I’m going to make them again (I’m planning on making orange, raspberry, caramel, and hazelnut praline). I can’t start them until I get to my parents’ house, but I do need to write out the ingredient lists in advance so we can get everything we need.
5) Christmas crackers. I always make homemade crackers to pull. Like the truffles, this will be done at my parents’ house sometime between the 15th and the 25th. I need to make some extra crackers this year, so I’ll try to get photographs of the whole process and put up a tutorial on this blog. While I don’t need to start the crackers themselves yet, I do need to make some extra prizes at some point, which I can do now.
My projects for this year’s holidays work out pretty well, as I have some to do in the next two weeks, and some to do the two weeks after that. I think I can get them all done, and as long as the gloves, truffles, and crackers get done, I’ll be okay.
What (if any) holiday crafting are you doing? Or are you more organized than I am and are already done?