Blue Steel

Chuffy snuck (spellcheck, why do you not like “snuck?” Is this an example of me making up an irregular past tense of a verb or is it an example of me using an antiquated version of one? Leapt 4lyfe!) his Mr. Fox into daycare, one of the unanticipated temptations of having a pocket-sized buddy. Mr. Fox was well received and his friend asked me for a pocket-sized buddy of his own. I took his order, promised to work on it every day (which I did, only some days just a tiny bit), and after what felt like a long time to both the recipient, who had to wait, and myself, who had to do quite a lot of stitching, here it is:

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Kiriki Press Wolf Embroidery Kit

This was the first time I’ve used long and short stitch. A while back I looked up a satin stitch tutorial which, I’m paraphrasing here, included instructions to put your work down and not look at it again until the next day because all the imperfections you see while you’re stitching will not be obvious or even noticeable when you’re not staring at and over-analyzing the piece. Good advice! I knew I wouldn’t think my long and short stitch was up to snuff, but I set what perfectionist streak I have aside and told myself done was good enough and that while my long and short stitch would improve with practice it could not improve without.

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When I was all finished I unveiled it with a proud flourish to my son who said, “Where’s Noah’s tiger?”

Agnother Gnome

Just a quick post for a quick project. Another gnome knit over a couple evenings who found his way to a new home in the form of a hostess gift.

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Pattern: Never Not Gnoming
Size: Gnatasha
Yarn: Bibs and bobs of leftovers

These gnomes are great for when I’m between passion projects, by which I mean  pointedly ignoring a project I’m having trouble with while also casually forgetting all my languishing unfinished projects. My plan is to make one here or there over the course of the year, but I often forget the plans I make so we’ll see.

Trifecta

Three stockings, three toys, three jack o-lanterns, three, three, three!

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Bear completes the group. I think he (she? I got to thinking too hard about these toys’ genders after my last post when I realized I was naming them all mister and decided to leave gender assignments out of it going forward) is my favorite and I think it’s because Bear is colorful though it does make me wonder if Bear has a circus past and the politics of that.

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These toys are adorable and a great introduction to embroidery.

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Please excuse the dirty plant container and mums that need deadheaded. We are not a very pinterest-y household.

I can hardly gloat about having some Christmas items done so early. It was more a function of really wanting to make these than any sense of order or preparation or planning. Sometimes a whim will work in your favor.

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Kiddo was artistic director of the pumpkin carving. This 7-eyed one is my favorite. Squirrel pictured is not responsible for the nibbling. Damn squirrels.

Happy Halloween!

 

 

Mr. Fox’s Friend

Two down of three!

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This is the squirrel from the Kiriki Press‘ doll embroidery kit series, aka “Mr. Squirrel” to keep with the theme.

This embroidery bug has taken my quite by surprise. I suddenly want to embroider something for everyone for Christmas. I ordered this amazing Sea Captain embroidery kit for brother-in-law and his girlfriend. I was sorely tempted to get the Sea Captain’s Wife, too, but the expense of all these kits was starting to add up even for usually-spendthrift-when-it-comes-to-her-hobbies me. So tempting, though…

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Waiting on one more. Will Mr. Squirrel share his acorn? Will Mr. Fox eat the lot? How will Mr. Bear’s personality change the group dynamic?

Christmas Sneak Peek

Suddenly the weather has turned cool and fall-like and I remembered that Christmas is coming.

Scratch that. I have kids so I never quite forget that Christmas is coming. I’ve also just finished (except for blocking – isn’t that an entirely knitterly qualification to make?) a snowflake stole that I’ve been working on off-and-on all summer so it may be that I never stopped thinking about Christmas this last year. I’ve been cataloging ideas all along. I started a whole post listing them before remembering that my husband might (be the only one) read(ing) this and some attempt at mystique should be maintained.

I can mention these adorable Kiriki little animal embroidery kits I ordered from Purl Soho. They are meant for Christmas stockings. Only time will tell if they make it there. I have a laissez-faire attitude when it comes to holiday making. If it doesn’t get done in time for this year there’s always next. Or never. Whatevs.

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Fox box has been tampered with since its arrival

I’ve done loads of cross-stitch, some pulled thread and open work embroidery, some crewel, and knitted lots of toys, but this will be my first time tackling a project quite like this. Time to move from the Christmas-planning to the Christmas-making.