Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas To All!

Hello Everyone!

Making one of my rare appearances to wish you all a very Merry Christmas ... and a Happy 2016!
Hard to believe that so much time has passed since I posted last ... and that another year is almost done.

Have kept busy creating new Artfire additions ... and working ... but now the Christmas rush is done & things will calm down in the retail world.  Yay!

My focus now is to create special gifts for both my niece Amy & nephew Christopher ... who are both engaged!  I want to have something ready for their wedding gifts ... without having to stress at the last minute because the projects I've planned will take quite some time to create.

The first one is well under way ... better than half is completed ... it's a pin wheel hexagon motif design that I modified from a pattern I found in a book.  The original pattern was done in crochet cotton & had 347 motifs!  I'm working it in yarn and each one works out much larger so only need to make 95...have 58 completed.  Each one takes about 30 minutes to make & I find it a great way to unwind after work.  The motifs are joined over the 15 DC edges ... and that's when the magic happens ... the one above spins the opposite way ... and the next panel adds another spin!

The picture below will give you a better idea of what the sewn together pattern looks like:
It is from the book with the original pattern: BH&G White Crochet-1988
Is that awesome or what???

The second one I've not yet begun ... but it'll go faster.  It will be strips crocheted together.  For this one I'm planning to use a "Brick Stitch" pattern ... one I've just recently played with & has become a new fave... it works up quick & has a lovely visual appeal ...  not to mention that it'll be warm & snuggly for two lovebirds to curl up under in front of the fireplace!  So now I just need to decide what colour.  This sample didn't scan true to colour ... it's actually Deep Forest Green ... but you get the idea.

So there you go ... that's what I've been up to ... not to mention I whipped up a batch of snow flake ornaments for family and staff this year ... which everyone was thrilled with!

Time to get busy with Christmas dinner ... Paul has a ham in the smoker ... but the sous chef gets to do the veggies & such!

Once again ... All the Best to you & yours for a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Love & Hugs ... Marie

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