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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Mystery project and Christmas decorations

I’ve been working on a little project lately, but I’ll just show you a detail of it for now.

I’ve also taken some pictures of decorations around the house. Our tree first of all, although it admittedly looks better at night.

And my mum’s Russian Santa decoration (or maybe more Ded Moroz?). We went to a market in St. Petersburg before Christmas and it was so cold and snowy we were the only ones there. The detail on it is pretty impressive.

Sadly there’s been no snow in London this year besides a few flakes for about 30mins. Maybe we’ll get some in January? For now I guess I’ll have to make do with watching Christmassy films.

Hearts and attempts at art

I ordered some felt recently because I wanted to make some Christmas hearts. It took a while to turn up so I only got round to making my first heart the other day. It’s very much a prototype and I’ve run out of embroidery thread to sew the edges closed! Also, I definitely need to practise my blanket stitch some more. But I’m pretty pleased with it overall.

I’ve never been good at art, even stick figures are a stretch for me. I hated it in school, mainly due to our horrible art teacher, but the other day I saw a cheap watercolours kit and bought it and a sketch pad. I got home and decided to draw a duck. Why a duck? Because birds are the only thing I remember drawing that looked half like they were supposed to. So here’s my unfinished first attempt at drawing and watercolours!

I had some issues with colours bleeding, and it’ll take some time to get used to how to blend the colours etc. Overall I’m pretty pleased with it, although it admittedly does look better upside down or from far away! Not sure whether I’ll bother working on it some more yet. But it was fun to do something different.

Aftur progress

I finished the body and sleeves of my Aftur jumper really quickly, but put it down for nearly a month before starting on the yoke. I attached the sleeves and body yesterday and started on the yoke, and it’s coming along very quickly as I always find with colourwork.

I like the colour combination, but I’m going to have a lot of light blue, white and dark blue left over. Maybe I could make a hat or mittens? I don’t think they’d be very comfortable though, because this yarn is quite prickly and lets off fluff all over the place! As it is, I think I’m going to have to wear a top under my jumper. It’s not all that bad, but I don’t think I’ll be using Lett Lopi again in a hurry!