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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!

Getting out the decorations

It was the 1st Sunday of Advent a few days ago, so it’s time to get out the decorations. I lit the Christmas countdown candle and put on some Christmassy songs!

Christmas cross stitch

The first crafty activity I ever did was cross stitch. There was a shop in my grandmother’s town that sold lots of starter cross stitch kits and my mum bought me one. I can’t say I’ve done loads of projects, but I’ve made a few. My main annoyance with cross stitch is how it’s usually purely decorative, which is a shame because I love doing needlework. If you knit a jumper, it’s useful and you can wear it for years. If you cross stitch a fairy on some aida, unless you frame it or make it into some sort of decorative hanging for your wall, there’s not that much use to it.
Going through my sewing box today I found a kit my aunt bought me years ago. It’s a simple Christmassy table cloth.

The only thing that bothers me is that it’s printed and not a counted cross stich. I suppose having a counted cross stitch this large would be pretty difficult to get accurate though!

So until my new crafty supplies arrive (new yarn and some felt) I’ll start work on this Christmas table cloth!

Back from København

I’ve been back from Copenhagen for a while now and I’m glad to say my little trip to my favourite city went very well, and rather too quickly. The weather wasn’t great, but it didn’t rain and seeing fog was a nice change. There were some lovely shops, it’s nice that not everything is part of a chain. I found a wonderful cupcake shop; lovely tea, cakes, decor and staff (Serenity Cupcakes on Grønnegade, in case you’re wondering!).
My mum and I went to the national museum and of course I only took pictures of the textiles. Folk costumes, of which few came out well because of the lighting

and beautiful embroidered caps

I only bought 2 skeins of yarn and 1.5m of an orange herringbone fabric.

The absolute best bit about Copenhagen is how polite and friendly the people were. Maybe it’s all the pastries?! So my plan for now is to save up as much as I can so I can go again.
I’m not even going to talk about my time in Norway because it was unfortunately expensive, depressing and a waste of time overall.

On a more crafty note I’m still working on my Icelandic jumper, and planning what I’ll be making for Christmas- if anything!

Another quick project & too much on the go

Last week I finished another little project that took about 2 days to finish. I originally wanted to use this yarn to make a bobble scarf, but got bored with that quickly. It’s been in my knitting box for about 2 years now, so I frogged it and made it into a ribby scarf for winter. It was so simple to make, I just watched Skavlan while knitting it. I was actually quite pleased with how much I could understand, but I still find Swedish the easiest to understand and Danish easier to speak!

I decided I wanted to do another colourwork project, so I ordered Icelandic Lett Lopi yarn and have already started on my Aftur jumper. I’m hoping it’ll be done in time for Scandinavia.

I’ve also been working on some sewing. I’ve wanted a Kasia skirt from Burda for ages now, and have had the fabric sitting in a box. So the other day I stuck the pattern together, traced the pieces and am ready to make a mock-up just to see how it fits. I’ve gone with hips being 2 sizes larger than my waist, so hopefully that will work but we’ll see!

I’ll be using this dark blue fabric, which thankfully has stretch in it, so fitting should be slightly easier. I’m still not sure whether to do contrasting pockets, or whether to put the zip in the back instead of the front. Decisions!