Knitted hat and bookmark

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It’s past midnight, but I decided to post this anyway.

Yesterday (as it is a new day now…) I finished knitting this hat with a 100 % polyester fur ball. I just wanted to point out that it is fake. The yarn has reflective thread, so it lights up in the darkness when a light source hits it. I haven’t really tried it, so I don’t know how well it shows in darkness.

It was a Christmas gift  from my brother and sister-in-law. There was a little basket with two balls of yarn (one was not enough), the fur ball and instructions. But no picture of the hat, so I did not know what it would look like.

I started knitting on Monday at the knit and crochet café that started again after the Christmas break.

The bookmark I just finished. Started earlier tonight, so it didn’t take long. Just a little rocking horse to cross stitch. It came with double sided, really sticky, tape, as the bookmark is folded in half vertically. On the backside is printed little horses with pink manes and tails.

Now I need to sleep.

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Three small Christmas cross stitch pictures

Three small Christmas pictures have replaced the autumn pictures on the wall. 🙂 I also moved the pictures closer to each other.

The delivery of the pictures took quite a long time. When I was about to start cross stitching, I noticed that the grey in Santa’s beard and the lightest green were missing. 😦 I was really disappointed! But the next morning I went to the store in town where they have lots of yarns etc., including embroidery yarn. I had the missing numbers, so I did get the correct shades and was able to start cross stitching when I came home.

It is from the company Svarta Fåret (”the black sheep”) but as usual I ordered it from another website called Ateljé Margaretha.

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So much yarn, so little time

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My latest cross stitching framed and ready! I finished the back stitching today and also bought the frame today. It was not included in the kit. I finished it in just a few weeks, I think. Not sure exactly when I started, though.

Here is the picture that came with the kit:

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Not sure what company made the kit, but may be you’ll get information from the picture.

Some things I did not like with this kit:

1) Compare the two pictures. In the second you can clearly see a difference between the shades of grey. But in reality the shades were very similar, so you can’t see the stripes of the cat as well as you can in the second picture.

2) There was way too little black thread in the kit! I ran out of black thread after I had cross stitched the eyes and back stitched the text. All the other back stitches are with black thread I found at home.

3) This was the first time I had to enlarge the pattern. For some reason the pattern was small and difficult to read.

4) As you can see from the picture below, you can’t read the text boxes about the different stitches. I don’t need to know how to make the different stitches, but a beginner might do.

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But, I still like it overall. I have to hang it on the wall. I have that saying about cat hair too that needs a space on my wall. I will try to decide where to put them.

Small autumn pictures

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Three small autumn pictures for my wall. I have now removed my summer themed pictures and put these there instead. It is much more autumn now than summer. The summer pictures have to wait for next summer.

It is from Svarta fåret, the Black sheep company/brand, same as the others.

Here are the summer pictures again:

They belong to the same series, it seems. Several similarities in style. I don’t know what to put up for winter, may be some little santas. We’ll see.

It’s past midnight, but I wanted the pictures finished tonight. I cross stitched and back stitched a lot of the picture with the house and cat today. I started with the green bench a few days ago. The mushroom one is my favourite of the three.

Christmas cross stitch picture

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I finally finished the Christmas picture I have been working on for several weeks. 😀

The white dots missing are falling snow. On the white areas the snow flakes are light blue. There were a lot of different blue and blue/grey shades in this.

Last year I finished the Christmas stitching on boxing day, I think. Now in the beginning of September. 🙂 I look forward to cross stitching something else now. I’ve already begun on something. I’ll show you later. It is much smaller than this cross stitching.

Fruity cross stitch box

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Today I made this little fruity box, which came as a free kit with the latest Cross Stitcher magazine. A new issue might have been released, but they always come late to Finland, so in the bookstore they still sell this issue, with the box.

The box opens like a deck of cards. Just one side of the box is glued, the rest was just folded.

It measures 10 x 7 x 3 centimeters, so it is pretty small. Not sure what to put in the box. Maybe I find something later.

Three small pictures

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I finished these three cross stitched pictures a few days ago and today I attached the frames and nailed them to the wall. 🙂 They are just next to the door to my bedroom. They are from the previously mentioned Svarta Fåret company (the black sheep).

Here are larger pictures:

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I finished this one first. Two little birds on a branch.

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The cats were the next to be finished.

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Finally I made the sheep picture. Of the three, this is my favorite. I love the little sheep with a big smile on his face! 😀

It was hard putting them into the frames. I struggled to get them somewhat evenly. The fabric is glued to the inner frame on the back side.

I will probably get some more mini pictures to change with the season or when I want to look at some other pictures. Christmas themed in December, maybe something else in the autumn.