Feather bookmarks

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I did not realize it was so long since I last posted! Oops! But now I’m back!

Crafting was really slow during summer and there were times when I did not craft at all for weeks! Only recently have I started cross stitching and crocheting again.

The feather bookmarks from Vervaco were done a while ago, but I didn’t post them before. I forgot the password too, so I had to reset it today!

I did make some Harry Potter bookmarks too. But since I am not able to find one of them, and I am in a bit of hurry, I’ll look for the missing bookmark later.

I have started crocheting a winter scarf. I think I’m about 40 % done.

In September the knit and crochet café will start again on Mondays. And later in the year I will take a class in needle felting (if there is enough who signs up for the class).

So things are starting to get back to normal after a hiatus during summer. Check back here soon or follow me so you won’t miss new posts!

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Cross stitched orchids

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Just a quick post to show these small orchid pictures that I cross stitched in just a few days. They are from the company Svarta fåret, the black sheep.

Same size as many of the other little pictures I have shown here. They are already on the wall. I have had the birds in handle cups (mugs) for quite some time now, but now I have the orchids.

I made the pink first, then the purple and last the yellow. I like the flower pots too that are light grey with a bit of black.

I think I will cross stitch some bookmarks next, but I haven’t decided which ones yet.

Wild animal bookmarks and more

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I finally finished these bookmarks! I struggled with the little cat below the rhino. So many different colors. Three stitches here, two there and lots of cutting the yarn and moving to a new location and changing color and looking closely at the chart. There is actually two stitches that went wrong! They should be swapped! But I am not going to say where the mistake was made, because it doesn’t affect the result. 😉 I prefer stitching larger areas of the same color, as in the background. I don’t know if it is a leopard or a cheetah or some other large cat in Africa, but I think he is cute! My favorite is the lion, though. They are Vervaco bookmarks.

Here is a card I made for my niece’s baptizing, June 1st. 🙂 I forgot to take a picture of it, but I had mum send me pictures a few days later when she visited the family. I am the niece’s god mother, by the way. Her name is Ellen. She is so cute, around two and a half  months now. It seems the dark purple on the front page is not glued properly. I have never managed to find a glue stick that is good. They always make the paper wrinkly and unstick the pieces after a while. But I hope the mother will keep the cards safe somewhere. And after all, it is the thought that counts.

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Also, my aunt asked for three wasp nests for my cousin. I made all three nests on Saturday and then I made the wasps on Sunday. The nests are filled with shredded paper from a news paper.

Next I will probably cross stitch some small pictures. I do have several bookmark kits waiting, but I want to do something else before starting the next bookmarks.

 

Socks and cross stitched pictures

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I have not been posting for awhile, but I will try to be more active! Here are three small cross stitched pictures that I have made recently. They are from the company Svarta Fåret (the black sheep).

I first finished the swan, then the cows. Yesterday the sheep was finished. I really like them.

Because they are horizontal rather than vertical, I could not put them on the wall where I have the other small cross stitch pictures. So I had to put them somewhere else on the wall. I still have the bird pictures up, but will replace them with a summer theme later.

And here are the latest socks, finished a while ago (April 16th).

These are the socks that was a U.F.O. for quite a long time, because I didn’t like the irregular pattern. I didn’t even bother trying to get the other pair the same.

They are not my favorites, but I have used them of course. Novita yarn, as most of my knitted socks.

Now I will cross stitch bookmarks and yes, another pair of socks! I have almost finished one sock. I will finish it today and start on the other one. I’d also like to knit something else, but we’ll see. 🙂

Octopus and more

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This octopus I finished today. It is for my baby niece Ellen!

I have a book how to crochet these. Apparently thousands have been made for hospitals in Denmark etc.

It had to be 100 % cotton and the stuffing had to be stuffing for a teddy or a pillow. The arms could not be longer than 22 cm, out stretched. My arms are about 20 cm when they are really stretched out to max. Now the octopus has to be washed in 60 C before Ellen can investigate it. 🙂

These are just a few free kits from cross stitch magazines that I recently made. The magazine (CrossStitcher I believe) earlier gave a fruit themed box. They have the same dimensions, 10 x 7 x 3 cm, if I remember correct. I don’t have a measuring tape at hand. The heart with wings is a brooch, in plastic canvas with black felt and brooch pin on the back.

I do have quite a lot of free kits and I’ll make some of them. Sometimes I just put away the fabric and threads to use for other things.

Puppy bookmarks

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I finished the one with flowers today. I am not a dog expert, but I think these are a dalmatian and a jack russell terrier. I might be wrong.

They were quite easy to cross stitch. No back stitches at all! From Vervaco as many of my bookmarks.

I have been working hard on another project, but finishing it is difficult, and a bit boring. I hope I can finish it next week so I can show a picture.

I am also knitting socks, but I don’t like the irregular pattern the yarn makes. Haven’t knitted for a few weeks now and the first sock isn’t even finished yet. So I do have some unfinished things I should try to get done over the weekend or next week. I’ll show pictures later.

Off topic, I became an aunt for the fifth time on Monday morning at 8.29 am. My brother’s wife gave birth, via C-section, to a healthy baby girl. 😀 She is now five days. I visited her yesterday afternoon. They were sent home from hospital in the morning yesterday. Very cute little girl! She has an 8 year old big brother.

Squirrel/bunny bookmarks

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Finished the squirrel bookmark today! 🙂 The bunny bookmark was finished actually weeks ago. I had finished that and started on the other. But then I got the bird pictures and made them first, before I continued with the squirrel bookmark.

The animals were a bit tricky to cross stitch with many shades of browns. And in the pattern the browns where all different kinds of circles. The squirrel tail I struggled with.

They are from Vervaco. Many of my cross stitched bookmarks are from there, but I order them from another site.

The blue background is with one strand only, rest of cross stitches with two strands.

And I realized I haven’t posted this yet:

I did finish them February 11th (when I last posted). But I forgot to post a picture of the socks. Blue and pink yarn.