Sunday, December 27, 2015


What a blur!

I had always heard that time passes quicker when you get older, but this year went by at a dizzying speed!
I felt that if I turned my head, I would get vertigo!

I did keep working steadily on my projects though. Warning! This is going to be a long post to catch up on 6 months!

I finished Sarah Elizabeth Brooke.

I love the verse on this one. A girl after my own heart!

No glory I covet no riches I want
Ambition is nothing to me
The one thing I beg of good Heaven to grant
Is a mind independent and free

She is still not framed of course.

Next I decided to work on a few Christmas presents. I had planned to knit the Winter Wonderland socks for Martha, my mother-in-law.

This one took a lot of planning. I had to find just the right color yarn, and send away for the miyuki beads. The pattern called for a cream color, but I didn't think the mohair "snow" would show up well enough against it. I chose a gray-blue cashmere blend yarn. Unfortunately the "snow" didn't show up as well as I had hoped on this color either.

This is a very interesting pattern that presented quite a few challenges. All the beads all had to be counted out and placed on the yarn (backwards in order of use) before the knitting could start. I had to string 1144 silver-lined clear beads, and 480 green-lined crystal beads! I was in fear the whole time that I hadn't counted right, or I had placed the wrong color bead in the wrong place!

The next challenge was the provisional cast on. I had never done this before. The top part of the sock, with the crystal snowflakes, is knitted sideways in stocking knit stitch.

The piece is then sewn together. Then the stitches are picked up to complete the body of the sock.

The mohair is knitted along with the blue yarn to create the snow drifts. Again, I was a little disappointed that it didn't show up better.

So far, so good. Now all I needed to do was knit my way down the foot.

It went well. The only thing was, now I had to do it all over again for the other foot!

In the end, thankfully, they turned out very well.

Now, it they only fit!

Next, I knitted a simple pair of socks for Keith using an Opal self-striping yarn.

He liked these. He wore them on Christmas day.

Then, I knitted him another pair in brown merino wool.

Hard to tell from the photo, but this was gorgeous wool, very luxurious to work!

Then, I knitted this tan pair for Martha.

After all the knitting, I decided to finish A Crossed Wing Christmas.
I had been working on this one off and on for a long time, and it felt good to have it done.

It is hard to tell from the photo, but there are many pearlescent beads sewn all over the snow.
This also has yet to be framed.

Next, it was time to stitch some Christmas ornaments. I picked Merry Christmas by Samplers Not Forgotten, from the 2015 JCS Ornament issue.

I am still working on the finishing.

This is the backing fabric I chose.

This will be finished up tomorrow.

Also, I stitched the cat from Prairie Schooler's Christmas Past.

This will be a quick finish too.

After that, I stitched two of the Old World Santas from Prairie Schooler.

I love these old Prairie Schooler designs. I may hold off finishing these two because I would like to stitch the whole collection, and have a similar backing on them.

After that, I made myself some socks! I used Opal Yarn's Neon yarn to make these.

During the last few days, I have been plugging away on Winter Watch. This just might be the year I finish it, although I can't think of many things more boring than filling in a large background with gray stitches!

This year has had losses for us. About a month ago, we lost our little Hermie to cancer.
He came to us right around this time back in 2008. You do not pick a cat. The cat picks you!
 We hadn't gotten over that, when a week later, our McGruff was diagnosed with a very serious case of heart failure. We are taking care of him as best we can. Hermie and McGruff were the youngest cats. My others are older, so I worry about what is to come of course.

Well. lets hope next year will be full of good things for all of us!

If you have made it all the way to the end of this post, you deserve a medal! That's what happens when you try to put 6 months into one post!


cucki said...

Beautiful finish my dear..the sampler is so pretty..
All your other stitching so cute too
Happy stitching x

Robin in Virginia said...

What lovely things you created with needle/thread and yarn/needles! Sorry to hear about the loss of your cat.

Melissa said...

Beautiful work. Now that I just got into knitting I am eyeing those socks. Socks are the next thing I need to learn how to knit!

I'm sorry for your losses this year.

Brigitte said...

Beautiful stitching and knitting. And congratulations on finishing so many projects.

Mary said...

Sarah Elizabeth is breathtaking! Congratulation on such a fabulous finish. Love the Prairie Schooler finishes too.

Happy New Year!

Margaret said...

Lovely to see a post from you! Congratulations on Sarah Elizabeth's finish! Love all the socks. You are a true sock knitter. I don't think I could do socks. I'm more of a sweater knitter. Or accessories. :D Happy new Year!

Jeannine520 said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet Hermie. I hope McGruff does well. My cat Dr. Watson was diagnosed with two very serious heart conditions at only a few weeks of age. I was told that he would survive, miserably, for only a month or two. He just passed away at the age of six. He lived a happy, full life up until the end. I hope you're able to find a way to manage McGruff.

Shebafudge said...

What a wonderful lot of finishes for the year. I'm sorry to hear of your loss and the heart condition of your cats. Ours are getting older and I have started worrying about what is to come. Here's to a happy and healthy 2016 for us and our furbabies :)

Penny said...

Time does seem to pass pretty quickly. :) You have some lovely finishes! Sock knitting is definitely on my list of things I want to learn this year. It is always so sad when our pets get sick or die. I always say no more pets, but they add so much to our lives.

Teri said...

Your head may be spinning, but looks like you've had a very productive year! So sorry to read about the loss in your family. I know our animals bring us so much joy and will always be in our hearts.