Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Christmas Decorations

 My needles have been flying recently as I have been trying to finish up UFOs (Unfinished projects) plus make more Christmas decorations than I have managed previously.  The Robin decoration was a cover kit with issue no. 258 of Cross Stitcher Magazine.
Another Cross Stitcher cover kit from issue no. 257 is this stitched snowflake garland.  I backed all the stars with red card and run them throughy my laminating machine before threading them on the bakers twine to make them a bit more durable. 
At first I strung them along the bottom of the t.v. - not a good look - I have since strung them along a bookcase since I took this photo where they look a bit more at home.
Another chart from Cross Stitcher no. 259: Season's Tweetings.
I had another go at a thread crochet starflake, this time using a slightly thicker thread and a size larger hook.  Again the pattern is from "100 Snowflakes to Crochet" currently available free from the Lion Brand website.  I still do not like them very much so don't think I will bother making any more.

I have finally finished John's Aran sweater, yay!  I was so fed up with it I just want to get it over and done with.  I really do not like knitting men's sweaters, there are too many stitches on the needles.  I told him if he wants another I will crochet it or else dig out my old knitting machine!
Anyway, I am off now to sit in front of the fire and stitch some more decorations.  The weather is feezing here, we have already had snow twice so I plan on hibernating with some crafty projects.
Thank you to those who sent me kind messages to my last post.  I still miss Archie so much, we were constantly together and your thoughtfulness is appreciated.  I just hope that one day I can get over his devastating loss.


  1. O poor you...i feel your pain...i love that first robin stich......love warm hugs from me...xxx..

  2. John's sweater is absolutely gorgeous! What a lot of work!
    I know exactly how you feel. Not a day goes by that I don't miss my Maggie.

  3. your bird ornament looks cute and all your projects look nice. Feel sorry for you and Archie

  4. Love the little robin, Shirley! Your sweater for John is amazing. You may not have enjoyed stitching it, but you sure did a wonderful job. I know your heart will ache for the loss of dear Archie for a long time...I'm so very sorry.

  5. Well done on all your Xmas makes...!!!
    Merry Christmas. x