Reindeer Christmas

Oh dear, it has been a rough weekend of my blog. We are experiencing some pretty serious server issues which we have been trying to solve all weekend. Hopefully things will be better soon, but in the meantime I appreciate your patience.

On to stitchy things!

Last week I shared the beautiful ornament I received as part of the ornament exchange organized through Virtual Threads, an online guide that is part of the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada. My partner has received my ornament, so I can share it now.

Merry Christmas Reindeer, designed by Kathrin Ellison and a machine embroidery snowflake

I finished up Merry Christmas Reindeer (designed by Kathrin Ellison for Gitta’s) and included a snowflake I stitched up on my embroidery sewing machine.

I can’t believe Christmas is less than two weeks away! I feel like I have so much to do: baking, wrapping, meal plans, and even some more ornaments to stitch! I did get one big project completed, and I will share that tomorrow.

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Scissor Case Exchange

A few months back I joined the Embroiderer’s Association of Canada and became part of the online guild, Virtual Threads. We “meet” online, through a Yahoo Group, and do things like share our needlework progress, take online classes together, and do exchanges. The most recent exchange was for scissor cases.

Scissor Case Exchange 2016 - Virtual Threads

Scissor Case Exchange 2016 – Virtual Threads

This is the fabulous scissor case I received, from Sharon M. I love the little fishes! They are so cute. And the notecard is special too. It is from an EAC notecard set, and features the work of Carol Storie (who is both a Virtual Threads member, and a teacher from whom I’ve taken a class).

I haven’t finished my scissor case for the exchange yet. But, once I do, I’ll be sure to share it with all of you.

Rav Ornament Exchange

Sometimes packages don’t always show up on time, but, then again, sometimes they manage to show up  just when they should. My package from the ornament exchange I took part in on Ravelry was mailed a little late by my spoiler. She explained why and apologized, and I was more than happy to wait. With the slow mail service due to the holidays, and the fact that Canada Post has taken three additional days off in the past two weeks, I was sure the package wouldn’t arrive before I took my tree down. But yesterday afternoon, after having removed no more than a handful of ornaments from the tree, the package arrived!

Snowflake Ornament

Cthulhu Tape Measure

More Cool Stuff!

A package tailored perfect to me. Isn’t the tape measure cool? My spoiler (grasshopper1) made it just for me! (I’m a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft, even though I’m not a horror fan otherwise.) She also made the snowflake ornament, which is just stunning. It was well worth the wait.

And thank you for all the comments on the cat hat and socks yesterday. I love the hat too, and I kinda wish I could keep the socks for myself. 🙂

A Little Christmas Bear

It has been quite a while since my last post, I know. I had the best of intentions, really. But, last Sunday Baby Man and I both came down with a bad cold. He recovered quickly, but I’m only just feeling better today. I’m one of those lucky, lucky people who get knocked on their butt by a cold, every single time. It isn’t very nice, and even less so when Christmas is right around the corner.

Thankfully, I do have some Christmas decorating done. The tree isn’t up, but it looks a little bit festive around here. And, because I have learned my lesson, most of my Christmas knitting and stitching was well in hand before the cold knocked me low. I tackled a couple of simple projects this week, and I’m still very confident that I am on track for Christmas morning. I will admit to procrastinating on one thing, but it will get done. I may even cast on tonight, since I figure it will be another sit-on-the-sofa-evening just to make sure I really am on the mend. (Too many times in the past I’ve done too much too soon and ended up sicker than I was before, and with Christmas just two weeks [!!!] away, I don’t want to risk that.)

Since I can’t share gifts yet, I will share this guy:

Holiday Polar Bear from Mill Hill

I stitched him for an ornament exchange on Ravelry. I’m so pleased with how he turned out, that I think I may stitch him again for myself… eventually. He is backed with some white felt with sparkles in it, and I also attached the magnet that came in the kit. The cord is Kreinik #4 braid.

Tomorrow: socks. Surprising, eh?

Meet Inga

I know, I know. I’ve been promising pictures of my Inga bag for ages. I’m lazy, forgetful, and always so darn tired. Really, there is no excuse.  So, finally, here she is:

Inga Bag by Inga Joana Mertens (crochet)

My Inga bag was crocheted from five skeins of Anchor Magicline cotton in colour 1474, a lovely mixture of red, pink, orange and white.  The pattern for this bag, officially named Inga’s Haekelbeutel, can be found here. (Note that there is an error in the pattern: Round 2 should read: Ch 3, 2 dc, 2 dc through chain, Ch 3, 2 dc through chain, 3 dc, (no Ch 3 here) 2 dc through chain, Ch3, 2 dc through chain, 3 dc, 2 dc through chain, etc…)

I think my bag turned out a little more dense then I would like, probably because I crochet very tightly. However, I had hardly any yarn left at the end, so if I had used a large hook, I would have run out of yarn. Overall, I’m pleased with it. I’m sure it will stretch and loosen up with use. The biggest problem: these aren’t my colours at all. Oh well.

On to better news! I received my exchange piece today! Susan, from Confessions of a Floss Licker, made me a fabulous bookmark. I love it, and have already placed it inside my new copy of The Annotated Pride and Prejudice.

Exchange from Susan

No stitching or knitting this evening, unfortunately. I have finally started the first of those two pairs of slippers I want to knit this month, but my hands are starting to hurt again. I’m hoping that it is nothing more than stress and lack of sleep, but to be on the safe side, I’m going to read tonight instead.