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Sock knitting and exchange stitching

I finished my first pair of knitted socks! YAY! I have always been a bit afraid of the idea of knitting a heel so that has been the main reason for not knitting socks. But when I decide it is time to do something I usually do not quit until I am able to do it. So, I managed to do it! And off course it was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be.

Socks for Karítas

Socks for Karítas

Socks for Karítas
Socks for Karítas
Pattern: Basic Child’s Gradiance Sock in Foot Prints by Laura Lough (Ravelry Link)
Yarn: Alpaca Select 4 Ply
Needles: 3mm

And some stitching. Yes, I finally finished a stitching project. I signed up for an exchange in my Icelandic stitching group with a pink theme and figured that the needleroll that I started as a SAL in January would be a great exchange piece. So I finished that one up and sent it along. The pictures are not good at all since it was night time when I was shooting them, and absolutely no natural light to be found anywhere.

Pink Exchange

Pink Exchange

Pink Exchange
Antique Hearts Needleroll – Shepherd’s Bush Kit

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Christmas Ornament Exchange

I stitched! Can you believe it? And I really enjoyed it! Like, really, REALLY enjoyed it!
I organized a christmas ornament exchange in my stitching group like I do every year and decided to take part in it myself, just to challenge myself to some stitching. I honestly thought that I would maybe not enjoy it, or even not know how to do it anymore (not really, but still!). I decided on something small, but cute. And this is the outcome.

Snow Faces for Bubba

Fabric: 28ct Reflections from Silkweaver
Pattern: Snow Faces by Just Nan
Threads: DMC
Beads: Mill Hill

Cute isn’t it?

I have spent some time going through my blog the past few days. Man, I have really done a lot of stitching. And most of it is pretty damn amazing even if I do say so myself. I miss it. I figured that out while knitting this little thing. So, I am going to stitch at least a little each week (maybe just for a day or something) in 2011. I have SO MUCH STASH! It is heartbreaking to just watch it collect dust in my stash cabinet. I realize that I have to go through it and sort out what I know I will never stitch, but I haven’t had the time or the heart to do so as of yet. I will though, but only after I figure out more about what I want to finish and what not. I looked over this list that I made in September 2008 and most of these projects are still something I want to do. Do you have a project on that list and would fancy a SAL? We could dedicate one day a week to it and post pictures and encourage each other on. Please let me know, I know I need some encouragement at least!

I am not giving up on knitting at all, I would just like to do some stitching also! I really, really do miss it!

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Heart Exchange

Finally, I was able to give the Heart Exchange to Björg. I was supposed to deliver about a month ago but Karítas got sick, then I got sick, then work was busy, then Björg was out of town etc. My parents were going to her house for dinner last night (Björg is my dad’s sister) so I seized the chance and asked my mom to deliver it to her for me. Word of mouth says she loved it, so now I can happily share pictures.

Heart Exchange

Heart Exchange

Heart Exchange
Pattern: ‘Heart Stitcher’ freebie from A mon ami Pierre
Fabric 32ct white Lugana
Thread: NN

I really like how it turned out. And yes, I can still stitch, haha! I have been fondling some of my stitching stash recently and I do miss it, but there is something that is keeping me away, not sure what. Oh well, I am sure the bug will bite me again pretty soon! It is not like the stash is going anywhere really, and I am quite happy knitting at the moment.

Speaking of knitting, I am knitting wool sweater (lopapeysa) for my cousin Bjarki. I have just attached the sleeves to the body and will be working on the chest pattern today. Getting very close to getting it done! I got many, many other projects lined up so I better get to it. Stitch Markers are selling pretty well, least through etsy though. I have sold some at work, my mom at her office, some in Denmark and yet others through Facebook. I made a whole bunch last night and posted them on the Little Lillies and Roses page on Facebook. Become a fan if you want 🙂

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Heart Exchange – From Rósa

I got my Heart Exchange today when I went to lunch at Rósa’s house. This is a part of a Heart Exchange that we started in our Icelandic stitching group. I was speachless when she handed me this beautiful bright red heart shaped wood box. Beautiful! And when I opened it, I saw the beautiful extras she included!

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Thank you my darling Rósa!

Heart Exchange from Rósa

Heart Exchange from Rósa

Heart Exchange from Rósa

Heart Exchange from Rósa

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Öskudagur and weekend knitting

I have been sick since Friday. I am feeling a lot better but still have a slight fever. Hopefully this is the last day with a fever since I have a very busy week ahead of me at work. So I have been staying home, watching movies and Seinfeld. Oh, how I love Seinfeld.

I have been working on a shawl for myself that I am absolutely in love with. I bough the yarn (Noro Kureyon Sock) while I was in England over Christmas and knew instantly that it would become a shawl. And when I saw the simple design that is the Boneyard Shawl I decided to make that my first knitted shawl. It is very simple and plain, just like I had imagined. The yarn really does the design, makes it look very pretty. I love the colour variation of this yarn, it reminds me of the traditional Icelandic sheep colours.

Boneyard Shawl
Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock S149
Needles: 4mm

I have also been working on a Lopapeysa for my daughter Sumarrós. That one is coming together great. I am mixing and matching several Lopi designs to fit her wishes. I can’t wait to start the pattern for the chest piece.

Sumarrós's Lopapeysa
Pattern is a mix of several Lopi designs. I will list them once the sweater is finished. Yarn is Létt Lopi from Ístex.

I am also working on a stitching project that is getting very close to being finished. Pictures of that later this week as it is for an exchange that is due tomorrow.

And this last week was Öskudagur, which is basically our Halloween of sorts. The kids dress up in costumes and go out to stores and sing for candy. Sumarrós decided to be a Disco Queen and Karítas was a princess, off course.

Disco Queen and Princess

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New yarn candy

Yarn is candy right? Stash is candy. At least it all has pretty colours and often smells nice and you just want to stuff your face in it. Here are two skeins of yarn that I bought here.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Forrest Floor

Forrest Floor

• 100% Super Fine Merino
• 3.5 oz
• Appox 950 yards, A shawl or 2 scarves
• Lace weight weight–use #00-#4 needles


And then the beautiful yarns that I got as a gift from Rani.

Super Nova

Precious Metals

Green Blue wool

Mama Llama

Pumpkin Spice

Sugar'n Cream

If you click the images, I have put the info I had on the yarns under each of them on my flickr page.

I have been knitting a wool dress for a friend who is going to give it as a gift. I am soooo close to being done, I will probably finish it tonight or tomorrow. It is a combination of a few patterns but together as a dress so I am quite excited to see how it is going to turn out. So far, so good!

I will also soon have a stitching project to share! Woohoo! We are doing a heart themed exchange in my stitching group and I decided to join in on the fun to get me stitching again!

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2009 Project list

This was probably the worst stitching year since I started stitching! LOL! That is both good and bad. Bad because, well, I wanted to get more done, but good because I also did some knitting, and I did so much else that was absolutely fabulous. And like they say, you can’t do everything, a girl has to pick and choose! So, without further introduction, here are two lists, one for stitching and the other for knitting.

Stitching 2009

1) Spiral Lbre – freebie in pink
2) Spiral Lbre – freebie in green
3) Santa ornament – Prairie Schooler
4) Noel Ornament – freebie
5) Flea Market Souvenir – Blackbird Designs
6) Home Of A Needleworker (Too!) – Little House Needleworks
7) Set of smalls in orange for my dad’s sister – Various freebie designs
8) Notebook – part of LHN’s The Rain Fell
9) Purple Set of Smalls – Various Freebie Designs
10) Small Token – Blackbird Designs
11) Red Set of Smalls for Svala – Various freebie designs
12) Purple set of smalls for Birgitta – Various freebie designs

Knitting 2009

1) Ebony Cape – Design by Helga Isager
2) Gryffindor Scarf – Design by me
3) Frost – Design by Védís Jónsdóttir
4) Knúpur – Design Védís Jónsdóttir
5) Cheers – Design by Cheryl Niamath
6) Lopi 156 – Design Álafoss

7) Neckwarmer for Fanney – Design Susan Chang

I am not making any stitching or knitting resolutions for the new year. There is only one thing I am going to follow: ENJOY WHAT I AM DOING!

May the year 2010 bring you and your family joy and love in every aspect of your life. Thank you for the friendship in 2009.

Sisters
Linda, Sumarrós and Karítas Árný

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The secret is out!

Here is what I have been working recently. This is a set of smalls for my friend Birgitta who posted on her Facebook profile asking if someone wanted a knitted set of gloves, a scarf and a hat by her. I jumped at the offer (her knitting is beautiful!!) and she asked for a biscornu in return since she has been reading my blog and watching my stitching for quite some time. Well, I thought that a biscornu was not enough for all that I was getting in return, so I decided to add to the gift for her. And here is the result.

Set of smalls for Birgitta

Set of smalls for Birgitta

Set of smalls for Birgitta

Set of smalls for Birgitta

Pattern: Freebie from the EMS site, adapted to fit the biscornu and fob but used as is in the scissor case.
Fabric: Pale gray 32ct linen from my stash
Threads: DMC #52 and Perle Cotton #8 in 553
Chrystals: Swarovski

So that’s it! I will post pictures of the gloves, scarf and mittens once they arrive to Reykjavík from the north!

And now I have some sweaters to knit! One for my cousin and one for Ben’s sister. So I better get to it!

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Cheers – oh so cute!

I have been stitching much more recently. But it is all a secret at the moment since what I am working on is a gift for a friend. We are doing a trade. She is knitting me a hat, scarf and mittens, and I am stitching her something in return. I can’t wait to finish it up and mail it to her. I am sure I will finish it this week. Just bought more floss today since I was running out of the colour I am using.

Last night I was getting tired of stitching so I decided to try something tiny and very very cute! Something I had been wanting to try for quite some time! And here is the result!

Cheers

Pattern: Cheers by Cheryl Niamath Freebie!
Needles: 3,5 sock needles
Yarn: Unspun Lopi wool 1 ply

Adorable isn’t it? It only took me about 1-2 hours or so. I am sooooo making more of these! I can see them as Christmas ornaments, like these here! I can see these on a line in my window, hung up with tiny little washing clamps made of wood. Cute!! Maybe I will knit them before Christmas 2010 when my knitting is a little more advanced.

And today I got this:
Knit Picks set

Knit Picks knitting set in sizes 6mm 5mm and 4mm. I am going to slowly start collecting the needles, also the double pointed ones. I am lusting after this. Well, if I am honest I am lusting after every single needle on that site. Hah!

Well, time to finish making dinner and feed the animals (children) of the house. Until next time!

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A very belated gift for Tracy

I had my friends Tracy’s name for the Christmas exchange in our stitching group. I was super busy and needed extra time to do the finishing on it etc. so Tracy was gracious enough to give me all the extra time I needed to be able to finish it up as I wanted. I mailed her package about two weeks ago and she got it yesterday. She e-mailed me and told me she absolutely loved it so now I can share a picture of the finished product with you.

A gift for Tracy
Little Women Series by Little House Needleworks finished as a pillow.

The photo is really dark. The fabric around is green and the corners are purple. The back has the same purple fabric as the corners. I thought green would work best with these designs because each of them has something green in them so that was the only color they all had in common. I wanted to have something purple too since that is Tracy’s favorite color.

Close up of buttons
Here you can see the fabric better, the other photo is a bit dark. I added these cute wooden flower buttons to each corner as I thought the pillow needed a little something extra.

I am going to ask Tracy to take a picture of it stuffed and hopefully in daylight. It was still dark for so many hours a day when I took that picture that it didn’t turn out that well. She also had a birthday in February so she also got the Bourse I made during the Finishing weekend at my house.

Tracy I am so happy that you liked what I made for you and once again, I am so very sorry that the gifts were so late.

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Ornament from Guðbjörg, and another made by me.

Two days ago, my wonderful friend Guðbjörg came over with the ornament she made for me in the ornament exchange in our Icelandic stitching group. She stitched this beautiful Prairie Schooler ornament and it is just gorgeous. The photo does not do it justice since taking pictures these days is really hard because of the constant darkness. We only get about 2-3 hours of daylight these days, and we have loads of snow. So yeah, pictures are a bit dark and heavy, but the beauty is there, promise 🙂

Ornament exchange from Guðbjörg

She also gave me some chocolates. Thank you so much Guðbjörg! I really love my ornament, it is the perfect addition to my slowly growing collection of stitched ornaments.

The last two days I have been working on a little gift for a package exchange at work that took place today. I decided to stitch this fun little snowman ornament and managed to finish it late last night.

Snow - Snjór
Design: Let it Snow by Barbara Ana
Threads: DMC
Fabric: Blue hand dyed opalescent in 28ct from my stash

I translated Snow to Snjór in Icelandic and added a button for the snowflake in the top corner. I am very happy with the outcome and Sigrún, the co worker who got my package, was thrilled with it 🙂

I also want to thank Dovile for the wonderful Christmas card that arrived today!

I think I might be getting sick. I have a stuffy nose and a sore throat and am taking turns in being very hot and very cold. Ugh. I do not have time for this! My sister is graduating next Saturday and then I have to do all my shopping, gift wrapping, cleaning etc. Oh well, Christmas will come no matter what 🙂 I hope you are all feeling good and that you are getting ready for the Holiday, however you choose to spend it 🙂

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Ornament Exchange for Fanný Margrét

I just got a word that Fanný got the package that I sent to her last week with the ornament exchange in our Icelandic stitching group ‘Allt í Kross’. I decided to stitch her a small biscornu and make an ornament out of it. When looking through my patterns, this simple but beautiful design jumped at me.

Christmas Biscornu

Design: Holly Berries Mini Biscornu by Cherished Stitches. Featured in JCS Ornament issue 2008.
Fabric: 32ct Vintage Belfast – Country Mocha
Threads: DMC 4045 and 4210
Beads, button and Jingles from my stash

I am trying very hard to finish up some presents but it is not going very well. I completely lost my stitching mojo and I can’t seem to find it again. The only thing I haven’t done to try to find it again is to start something new. I might do just that tonight, and see if the stitching spirit will visit me again. I really really miss stitching and feel just horrible looking at all my stash and not wanting to play with it 😦

What do you do when you just do not feel like stitching? What usually does the trick for you and gets you stitching again?

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Advent Calendars

No stitching pictures sorry. I am busy with stitching gifts and exchanges, so I have nothing I can share at the moment. I am going to the PO tomorrow, so hopefully I will have a little something to share later this week.

Since I have no stitching to show you at the moment, I decided to show you pictures of the gorgeous Advent Calendars that my mom has hand quilted for my daughters.

For Sumarrós:

 

 

Sumarrós's Advent Calendar

For Karítas:

Karitas's Advent Calendar

She puts little wrapped gifts, one for each day of December until the 24th for them. The girls love their calendars, and so do I. They are so beautifully done. I am going to have to take better close ups of them for you to see when I am home at an hour when everything is not completely dark. It is snowing today so that helps a little with the brightness. It has been so dark and gloomy lately that it is really getting to me. Soon, soon, they day will get longer again. I just can’t wait!

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London, Christmas etc.

Hi everyone. I have been a bad girl about my stitching. I went into a stitching slump and haven’t stitched anything since I finished ‘Reading’ a while ago. Last night my friend Rósa came over and gave me a stitching boost and what do you know, I started and finished the stitching on for an exchange in my Icelandic stitching group. I hope I will be able to do the finishing tonight. Thanks so much Rósa for your visit and your inspiration! *kisses*

My cousin Bjarki and me @ Regent's Park

London was loads of fun! Me and my cousin Bjarki are both very happy that we went and we had so much fun just walking around and enjoying ourselfs. We didn’t do much shopping, understandably because of the economy, but we did buy a little of this and that and then off course food. I took some pictures and you can see them here.

Gingerbread cookie cutters

This weekend was spent with my daughters preparing a little for Christmas. We went to my parents house on Saturday and baked and decorated gingerbread cookies with my mom and sisters. The girls had so much fun! I really enjoyed it too. I usually do not do a lot of baking for Christmas, but this is a tradition that we try to do every year as a family. I went to the theater with my friend Aisté on Saturday night and had a lot of fun.

Decorated cookies

On Sunday I cleaned and decorated my apartment with my two little helpers. The girls go so into decorating that we ended up decorating more than usually. The apartment looks nice and I will try to take some snaps around and show you guys some pictures from our Christmas preparation as it goes on. I made a new Set on Flickr called Christmas 2008 and I plan on adding to it as December goes on.

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Fall/Halloween exchange!

Me and my friend Amanda were the only people who signed up in a Halloween exchange in one of my stitching groups. And since Halloween is not celebrated here in Iceland I asked for something with a Fall/Autumn theme and I got to stitch a Halloween themed item for her. I love Halloween patterns and try to find ever excuse there is to stitch them 🙂

Today I got my package from Amanda and it is gorgeous!

Fall exchange from Amanda
She stitched me this beautiful strawberry emery that is just perfect! The stitching and finishing are just amazing! But she didn’t stop there. She also sent me some colored floss rings (awesome!) and a beautiful beaded scissor fob that she made for me! Here is another shot of just the emery. It has tons of beads on it!
Fall exchange from Amanda
Thank you Amanda! I love my goodies!

And here is a picture of what I stitched for Amanda. I made her a pinkeep and a floss ring tag. Sorry about the picture, it is a little blurry. I didn’t download the images until I had already mailed the exchange only to find that the images were not so great :-/

Halloween Exchange for Amanda

The pattern for the pinkeep is a freebie from Cyberstitchers called ‘Halloween’s a sudden boo’ and is designed by Barbara Ana. As you can see I only used a very small portion of the pattern for the pinkeep. I know Amanda collects Halloween houses so I thought this would be perfect for her. The windows and moon and stars are stitched with DMC glow in the dark thread and it is so cool!
The ghost on the floss ring tag is from Halloween Spots by The Trilogy. I also stitched the word ‘Boo’ on the back.

Thanks Amanda for a great exchange!

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