Long knitted wrist warmers

I finished these tonight. 🙂 They go all the way up to the elbow. I would have chosen another yarn, maybe single colored. But two weeks ago, at the knit and crochet cafe I finished the socks quite early in the evening. I only had the sock yarn with me, so I either had to go home early or start a new project with the same yarn. I chose to start making these.

The yarn lasted for both socks and one wrist warmer. Plus up to seven blue stripes on the other wrist warmer. I used mum’s leftover yarn when my yarn ended. She had made the same blue white socks for my nephew (the 15 year old), for Christmas.

Now I will focus more on the bookmark. I have not even finished the border yet, so I’m just in the beginning.


All my cross stitched bookmarks!


I thought I would show you all my cross stitched bookmarks! I have probably around 1500 bookmarks in total. Many I have made, many I have received. But here are the cross stitched ones.

I like repeating a pattern if I find a little one. Thus is the case with the three to the left and the one to the right. Fourth from the left are my initials AE. The flags are from the top: Finland, Åland islands (belongs to Finland, in the Baltic sea), unofficial flag for Swedish speaking Finns (my minority), the Sami flag (first inhabitants of Finland, also found in Sweden and Norway), Sweden, Norway, Faroe Islands, Denmark, Greenland, and at the bottom, Iceland. In short, flags used in the Nordic countries and their territories!


The blue bunny and the green/orange/yellow stripes are made on plastic canvas. A few I have glued to cardboard. On the top, to the right, are a row of small Russian babushkas.


I decided to add the ones recently made too, so here are the floral ones again. Cute owls and black Christmas cats.


And here are the music bookmarks again, with some colorful monsters and cats sitting of roofs.


Here are funny sheeps, three teddy bears, birds and a one with flowers and butterflies.


In the middle some butterflies and then some symmetrical patterns and bookmarks with hearts and flowers.


Finally, several owls and two trolls!

Most of these are probably Vervaco, some I have found in various cross stitch magazines etc. I finished a bookmark today! But I am going to wait until I have cross stitched the matching pair before posting a picture.

I love cross stitching bookmarks!

Blue/white knitted socks

Finished these at the first knit and crochet cafe after the Christmas break. In the picture the white looks almost beige, but in reality I would say it is a very, very pale blue. But it’s supposed to be white. The yarn was released last year I think, to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence. Many Finns knitted these socks last year.

So it was the first time I tried another heel than the one I usually knit. I watched a Swedish tutorial on Youtube. Some larger holes in the heel, but I might try to sew a few stitches to make them smaller later.

I finished the socks quite early in the evening, and I only had that yarn with me. So the rest of the time I started knitting wrist warmers. You’ll see when they are done. Probably going to take a while, because I have no pattern to follow. And I want to focus on the cross stitched bookmarks now.


Music bookmarks


These bookmarks were pretty quick and easy. No back stitches. These too are Vervaco. I first finished the yellow one and today I finished the pink one. 🙂 I haven’t ironed them. I never iron the bookmarks. No point when I have them in a plastic box with all the other bookmarks.

I know which two bookmarks to cross stitch next. But I will probably not start with them until I have finished the socks that I’m knitting. I might knit a little before going to bed.


Flower bookmarks


Finished the bookmark to the left today. 🙂 The one to the right was finished earlier (don’t remember when). Vervaco is the brand’s name. But I got them via another online website.

No back stitches at all! Only cross stitches.

I have several more bookmarks to cross stitch, but I haven’t decided which one to make next.

Later tonight I might crochet or knit the sock. But right now I will eat some boiled sausages and potato salad. Many Finns eat that on New Year’s eve. Don’t know why…

I decided to spend the evening alone. Just me and the cat at home. Mum and her boyfriend might be home around 10 pm. Ice hockey game to watch tonight, starting at 11 pm. Junior ice hockey world championships (teenagers are playing). 🙂


What I’m doing


First, a last picture of the finished thing. It’s on the bathroom door now. I folded the fabric eight squares outside of the cross stitching. Using red sewing thread, I back stitched six squares outside the cross stitching.

Now I’m knitting socks for me. I’m almost done with one sock. I was able to make another kind of heel. 🙂 It wasn’t too difficult. I watched a Youtube tutorial.

I have crocheted on the wavy blanket. Still don’t know how long it will be. I just crochet row after row until I decide it’s long enough.

I have been cross stitching on the floral bookmark that I have written about earlier.

The bookmarks and the blankets were projects that I had to stop with when I had to focus on the large Christmas picture and socks for my niece. But now I can finish these projects. I’ll show you when I’m done. 🙂