Hi everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday week. I have been missing in action, missing in blog action that is. I have been taking a bit of a blog break so I have lots to catch up on, on all of your wonderful blogs. These flowers above were sent to us on Christmas Eve as a wonderful surprise from some lovely friends. They are so gorgeous I had to share them with you.
My favorite Christmas gift was from my friend Lynda in North Carolina. She found these little felt birds at a farmers market she frequents. Are they not the cutest things you have ever seen?
Look at this adorable hat this grey bird is wearing.
And the red bird with her scarf and holly leaf and berries. These lovely creatures just may be displayed all year, I can't imagine putting them in a box up in my attic.
When I have a spare moment in the months of December or January you can usually find me in my bedroom on my loom. I have been weaving instead of sitting at my computer and blogging, let me show you what I made. The grey shawl/scarf above is made with very lite weight acrylic yarn with tiny sequins in it. You can just barely see them in the picture above. It is soft and really beautiful. There is a tiny problem....I goofed up on the loom by turning the first corner in the wrong direction and made a beautiful shawl with a big flaw. You can not see it in this picture but the very last section of yarn to be weaved in couldn't be, so I have a double strand that just makes the whole thing wrong. I can use this as a scarf all bunched up so no one sees my mistake, but I know it is there so I would never give this to anyone.
Hot off my loom is this lovely shawl. It is made of my favorite yarn Cascade Eco Duo a combination of baby alpaca and wool. Oh I wish you could feel how soft and yummy this shawl is. I think this could be a shawl for so many purposes.
I decided to try a crochet border on this and I love it. I think it gives the shawl a bit more stability and finishes off the edges a little bit more professionally.
The grey color of the shawl varies which creates a bit of interest and depth. So those are finished projects number 52 and 53 for me for the year. I am pretty sure that will be it for 2011, well unless I go crazy and finish my Noro vest or get another shawl done quickly.
My sister Claudia of Mockingbird Hill Cottage fame is opening an etsy shop. I think I will be placing a few things in it as I really don't have time to keep my own etsy shop up and running. I will be placing a few woven items in hers when she is ready. I'll let you know when it is open just in case you are interested.
I hope that you are all having a great week and I promise to start getting caught up on your blogs very soon...well when I can pull myself away from my loom that is.