Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Honey embroidery, Neck cozy

Hello Friends,
   Yea for me! Another UFO complete!
I purchased a wonderful embroidery pattern from Jenny of Elefantz called Honey. 
The pattern includes the embroidery patterns and instructions to make a large pincushion, a needlebook and a scissor fob.  I made one complete set to give to one dear friend and the needlebook and fob for another.

Closeup of the pincushion center.  I used a stem stitch for the flowers (DMC 4215) and leaves (DMC 4045).  Instead of French knots for the centers, I made candlewicking knots using 6 strands of (DMC 726) floss.  Do you know the candlewicking knot?  It may be called something else as well.  I like it because the knots are consistently very round and full.  My French knots are sometimes lopsided--of course, it could very well be just me.

I also made this neck wrap for a gift. 

The pattern called for super bulky weight yarn but I knitted it with 3 strands of worsted weight wool held together. (2 strands dark blue and one strand of light blue)  Toggle buttons keep it nice and snug around your neck when the fierce winter winds blow.  I found this pattern on Raverly.  If you are a member of Ravelry and would like to knit this neck wrap, it is called Pidge Podge.  You can also go HERE to get this pattern.

Merry Christmas everyone! Hugs, Rumi

Monday, December 20, 2010

Grandpet's Stockings

Another finish!
Stockings for granddog Walter and grandcat Jolly.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Less UFO's--Yea!

Been working like mad on these.
You all know how much I LOVE Messy Karen's wavy wipers.  I made a bunch to stuff in stockings and give out to co-workers and friends. I tied them up in pairs

Christmas colored wipers and

assorted colors.

I know my friends and family will love these and want more, but quite frankly, I don't want to make any more for awhile.  Other projects beckon. So..

The back of each gift tag has Messy Karen's etsy site.

Now onto other UFO's in my pile!  Talk at you later,  Rumi

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Toy

Hello Friends,

    I was sure getting tired of doing this:
Not having young children at my disposal, I had to call in the dining room chairs to do my bidding.

Amazon to the rescue.  What I ordered is in the skinny little white box.  The big box is what it was shipped in.  Really now, doesn't that seem like over packaging to you?  Well, guess they didn't want an angry customer with a broken item.

After a tiny bit of assembly, here is my new yarn swift.

Here it is in action.  The cross arms turn on it's base while I turn hanks into neat little balls.

So these lovely merino wool hanks become

Two little cuties like this.   Now the trick is to not start a new project with these until I finish up some more of my already overflowing UFO pile.

Talk at ya later,  Rumi

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gingerbread Bowie

Hello Friends,

     Are you like me, trying to get all the things on your Christmas To-Do list complete?  I'm trying not to stress myself out too much even though I have several unfinished Christmas gifts in my work basket.  I will finish what I can and leave the rest--Christmas will come again next year and whatever I do not finish this year will be under next year's tree.

While on the subject of gifts (and stressing out over gifting) I would very much love to exchange heartfelt holiday cyber greetings with all my blog friends.  However, at the risk of sounding Scroogy, on the slim chance that anyone was planning on sending an actual gift, please don't.  I promise to do the same. 

Ok, how about a Christmas table runner.
Cute huh!  When I made this, I was disapointed that I only had 3 blue buttons to use for eyes.  Daughter Lucky came up with the idea to have one Gingerbread man with one blue and one brown eye--like David Bowie--making him a Gingerbread Bowie.
Hopefully, I'm not the only one who thought this was brilliant.