I’ve been knitting. A lot. As you might recall from this post, I knitted a striped hat, which happens to be my favorite one so far. It’s finished and blocked and just awaiting a pom pom. I’ve also knit 2 other hats using that same pattern. One is as the pattern is written and the other one was modified (the striped hat was a modified version of this pattern). I am loving knitting these hats! The pattern is super easy and it’s fun to watch the progress.
The first hat below is knit with Will-o-Wool yarn as the base and then I used yarn from my stash but the dark blue, green, and purple are all new yarn I just purchased. I had to block the hat rather hard due to the light blue yarn. I’m not sure what yarn it is but it looks like handspun hence the hard blocking. But the hat is completely finished and ready to wear!
The second hat is my conversationalist hat. I think I blogged about it already but didn’t have a good picture of it. It just needs a pom pom. I stink at making poms but a friend lent me her pom maker. I really need to get on that! I also need to make a pom for the striped hat as well.
The third picture is of my first Petoncle I made. I really like it. Again, I think I blogged about it but didn’t have a good picture.
So I’ve made 4 hats in about 2 weeks and was thinking that I really need to stop spending money on crafts and start using what I have. And what I have a lot of is cross stitch patterns. And not just ANY cross stitch patterns, but Posie cross stitch patterns. Do you know about Posie (Alicia Paulson)? If you don’t, do yourself a favor and go visit her blog: Posie Gets Cozy. I’ve been following Alicia’s blog for years. I love her style and her crafts. Her photos are wonderful. I just love everything about her. Go visit. You’ll see. Aaannyywaaayyy, the reason I mention all this is because I have at least 4 of her cross stitch patterns and want to order the newest one. And I have at least one ornament kit. That’s a lot of crafting! So I’m switching gears and putting the knitting down (with the exception of my kimono that is still in progress and finishing the poms for the 2 hats mentioned above) and moving on to cross stitch.
As you can hopefully tell from the photos below, the stitches are super cute! I am nervous about starting them though. I’ve been learning to cross stitch and haven’t used linen before. It’s like when you learn to knit and you don’t use ‘fancy’ yarn until you’ve gotten comfortable with knitting. That first time you use all wool or alpaca. Boy! That’s nerve-wracking! Same here. Plus the squares on the linen are so small that my eyes have a hard time seeing them. So there’s that too.
So. I have the 4 patterns below: Love and Joy, First Snow, Spring Ring, and WinterWoods ABCs. I have the kits for Love and Joy and Winterwoods ABCs. I need floss for the other 2 and linen for Spring Ring. I’ve made a list of the floss I need but just need to get to a craft store (which is about 45 minutes away).
Alicia is releasing her newest cross stitch pattern this spring. The kits are available for preorder but I will buy the pattern and assemble my own kit. Here’s the link to info on the kits. Isn’t it cute?!?!? Don’t you want to make one??? See now why I MUST get these other ones done so I can justify getting this one? I can’t wait to get my supplies purchased and get started working. Here’s her web shop in case you need to order any of her kits and/or patterns. I bet you don’t just buy one! Happy stitching friends!