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2011 – Finishes

Happy New Year! I can’t believe another year is here. 2011 was in many ways a very good year and in other ways a pretty crappy one for me. Probably the biggest roller coaster year ever for me. It ended well though and 2012 started out well too so here is hoping for a good one!

Like always I do a list of finishes so here we go.

Knitting finishes:
1) She’s a Rainbow shawl. Pattern based on Simple Things by Mary-Heather Cogar.
2) Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann
3) The Whitney Headband by Jennifer DiMaria
4) Basic Four Needle Mittens – Super Fine by Patons
5) Stockholm Scarf by knittedblissJC
6) Basic Child’s Gradiance Sock in Foot Prints by Laura Lough
7) Pretty basic socks – no real pattern
8) Barnapeysa með hettu by Astrid Ellingsen
9) Still Light by Veera Välimäki
10) Brownstone by Jared Flood
11) Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Välimäki
12) Terra by Jared Flood – finished but need to wash and block it and take new pictures.
13) Butternut Scarf by Anne Hanson – finished but need to take better pictures.
14) Tree of Light by Cordula Surmann-Schmitt
15) Akimbo by Stephen West
16) I Heart Lace by Inese Andzane
17) Parisian Twist Headband Ear Warmer by Elisa McLaughlin
18) Bow Headband by Beth Postelwait
19) Honey Hat by Hannah Fettig
20) Classic Mittens by Bernhard Ulmann
21) Socks for Bjarki – my own design short row heel

Stitching finishes:
1) Antique Hearts Needleroll – Shepherd’s Bush
2) Heart Pinkeep – freebie
3) Strawberry Emery – Blackbird Designs
4) Winter Pinkeep – Just Nan freebie

So happy new year dear friends and readers!

Me and Karítas


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Finishing Camp – Results!

Friday night was thankfully just a slow low key night. I wasn’t feeling well because of the antibiotics and I also still had a slight fever. It was just me, Rósa and Guðbjörg that night and we just sat and stitched and talked. It was very nice. Oh, Lára and Sveina turned up late that night but didn’t stay long.

On Saturday I had a lot of guests coming. Me, Rósa, Guðbjörg, Sissú, Lára, Munda, Magnea, Anna Rósa, Aisté, Una, Erla Björk (and maybe I am forgetting someone) were all here at some point of the day and there were seven of us here for dinner. I was feeling lots better than the day before so I did get a lot of finishing done. I did finishing for myself and helped those that needed helping. It was great having all these ladies here sharing the joy of stitching and finishing, all helping each other out and learning from one another.

I am going to share with you pictures of the finishing I did for myself, for Brenda (who sent me the pieces a while ago) and a birthday present that I did for my friend Tracy.

Finishing for myself out of pieces that were stitched by me:

Ornament Side

Ornament Back
I stitched this tree in 2007.
Design by Lynda Baldauf – Scandinavian Stitches.
Stitched on 32ct Silkweaver Solo. Added red jingle bells instead of stitching the hearts that were in the design.

Bourse for Tracy

Bourse for Tracy

A bourse for my friend Tracy. I stitched this piece in 2008.
Little House Needleworks – Faith
28ct Gingham Natural/Cream Linen
Crescent Color threads

Stitcher's Roll

Sewing Roll

Needleroll kit from Shepherd’s Bush



Rose Mosaic Needleroll by M-designs
Stitched with recommended threads and embelishments
Fabric is 32ct antique white linen

These are all for me except the bourse, it is for my good friend Tracy who saw the bourse I did for Brenda and fell in love with it and wanted one. So, it is her birthday next weekend so off course she is getting one!


Finishing I did for Brenda out of the stitched pieces she sent me:

Bookmark for Brenda

Beads on the bottom

I loved how this bookmark turned out. I thought it needed a little something to it once I had stitched it together, so I added some beads to the bottom of it. I hope Brenda will like it, I know she loves to read almost as much as she loves stitching 🙂

Cottage Garden Pinkeep

Cottage Garden Pinkeep
Design by Country Cottage Needleworks

Phew. So that’s it!
I hope everyone learned a lot this weekend and that people are now not afraid of trying new things and just go for it! I am thinking about having one of these weekends again in a couple of months. So if you want to come, you better start saving up! 🙂
I hope you all had a great weekend. I am off to bed!

Also, it is my dad’s 54th birthday today! Happy Birthday daddy! Love you!


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Finishing for a friend.

My friend Brenda claims to be finishing challenged (her words, not mine! LOL!) so when I offered her to mail me some pieces and do the finishing for her on them, she jumped at the offer and this week I got an envelope from her with these beautiful pieces stitched by her and two books that she had and wanted to give me (Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and Fool me Once by Fern Michaels).

Stitched by Brenda

Now I am trying to decide what to finish them into. This is what I have in mind at the moment.

The blue tall flower piece – bookmark
Sunflower piece – a pillow
Cottage Garden Piece – a pinkeep
The green/purple piece on top – no clue! LOL! It would look great as a biscornu, but it is a little too big for one and I don’t have the same backing fabric (that could be fixed easily though). But I think it is a tad to big for a biscornu though.

Any ideas? Please share 🙂

I haven’t done much stitching during the week. I have done a little on Flea Market Souvenir and will probably do more stitching on it today and tonight. So I might have an updated picture later in the week.


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Productive Sunday with my daughters and mom.

Me and my mom decided last week that we would spend today together and do some crafting with my daughters. Off course I brought something that I wanted to get done and decided to do some actual finishing on some of the things that have been stitched up and then put away. I am very happy about how much I actually got done.

First I finished this pinkeep. I left it at my moms since it is a gift for someone. I am not saying who, just in case that person reads my blog. I am pretty sure that she doesn’t, but I want to be safe.
I stitched this design by Margaret Sherry years ago! Never got around to making it into anything though. So I decided to make a pinkeep out of it and love how it turned out.

Pinkeep Front
Pinkeep Back

Lately I have been thinking about my stitching and how little I actually have of it. I seem to give almost everything I make away. So, I decided that I would start collecting ornaments that I make for myself. Stitched ornaments preferably. When I went through my box of stitched things I found a couple of projects that were just perfect for ornaments so I brought them along and finished them up!

Christmas Tree Ornament

Design by Helga Mandl. Stitched on 36ct Opalescent White Linen with DMC 4045 with a silver heart on top and silver/clear beads as snowflakes. Stitched in 2007.

Christmas Tree Ornament

From 2007 JCS Ornament issue. Design by Charland Designs Inc. Stitched in 2007.

I already have two finished ornaments! YAY! I have this vision of a real tree (I don’t like the fake ones) with lots of stitched and hand finished ornaments on it. One day, that vision is going to come true 🙂

I hope you all had a great weekend!


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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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Pinkeep For Brenda.

Not much going on, but can I say TGIF! I am so happy that the weekend is here. This week just seemed to drag on forever, for no particular reason. I did finish the pinkeep for Brenda that I talked about in my previous post. I couldn’t sleep the night before last, and decided to put my insomnia to good use and finish it up since I only had a couple of stitches left and then the finishing. I am pretty happy with it, and hope Brenda will like it also.

Pinkeep for Brenda

Pattern: Freebie from My Aunt’s Attic
Floss: DMC #124
Fabric: 28ct Quaker Linen ‘Country’ from Zweigart

Other than that, there is not much going on. I am in a bit of a ‘blah’ kind of mood these days, and I am not ever sure why. There is a lot going on, and I have a busy schedule for the next couple of weeks or so (birthdays, celebrations, and going to Copenhagen with my job) but something is just feeling a little ‘off’. Like I said, I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly, I just hope it will go away soon.
I hope you all have a great weekend. I am going to my friends 30th birthday (eeek, I can’t believe we are all turning 30 this year!) tomorrow evening so that should be fun. I even bought a new dress for the party and everything! It is green and very summer-ish!

What is in the back of your car? Usually my daughters.
What color is your toothbrush? White and orange
Name one person that made you smile today? A guy from work with his very funny e-mails
What were you doing at 8 am this morning? At 8am this morning I was driving my youngest to play school.
What were you doing 45 minutes ago? I was taking pictures
What is your favorite candy bar? Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Have you ever been to a strip club? Yup.
What is the last thing you said aloud? Dugleg stelpa!
What is the best ice cream flavor? Plain vanilla for me
What was the last thing you had to drink? Coke
What are you wearing right now? Diesel jeans and a blue top.
What was the last thing you ate? A candy bar.
Have you bought any new clothing items this week? Yes, I bought a new dress yesterday.
When was the last time you ran? Earlier today.
The last sporting event you watched? I don’t watch sports
What is your favorite flavor of popcorn? Just regular popcorn with a little salt
Who is the last person you sent a comment/message on Myspace? I can’t remember.
Ever go camping? Yes, I love it! I am planning on going at least 2-3 times this summer.
Do you take vitamins daily? No.
Do you go to church every Sunday? No. I never go to church unless someone is getting married or for a funeral.
Do you have a tan? No.
Do you like Chinese food over pizza? Depends on the pizza.
Do you drink your soda with a straw? No.
What did your last text message say? ‘No, I don’t know where she lives’
Are you some-one’s best friend? I better be! LOL!
What are you doing tomorrow? Going to my friends 30th birthday
Look to your left, what do you see? A wall
What color is your watch? I don’t own a watch.
What do you think of when you think of Australia? My friend Ben.
Do you use chap stick? Vaseline only.
What is your birthstone? I have no clue.
What is your favorite number? 27
Do you have a dog? No.
Last person you talked to on the phone? Rósa
Have you met anyone famous? A whole bunch.
Any plans today? Eat, stitch, knock the kids out (haha) and color my eyebrows.
How many states have you lived in? One
Ever go to college? Yes.
Do you dye your hair? Nope.
Biggest annoyance in your life right now? Hmmm. I can’t think of one :o)
Last song listened to? Radiohead ‘Idioteque’
Can you say the alphabet backwards? Yes.
Do you have a maid service clean your house? No, but I am seriously thinking of getting one.
Are you jealous of anyone? Nah.
Is anyone jealous of you? I hope not.
Do you love anyone? Yes.
Do any of your friends have children? Almost all.
Do you eat healthy? I try.
What do you usually do during the day? Work, take care of kids, chores, stitch etc. (not in that particular order)
Do you hate anyone that you know right now? No. I don’t have the energy to hate anyone.
Do you use the word ‘hello’ daily? Yes.
What color is your car? Green-ish blue
Do you like cats? Yes.
Have you ever been to Six Flags? No
How did you get your worst scar? I was dancing for my dad when I was 5 and banged my head in a chair, right across my eyebrow.


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Good weekend coming to an end.

I wish tomorrow was Friday. LOL! I have had a great weekend with my daughters and I just don’t want it to end. I managed to get a little more work done on their room and put all the toys that were in the living room into their bedroom so now the living room is toy free apart from some books. I will move those into the bedroom when I have the shelfs for them. I have an idea on what kind of shelfs I want, but I haven’t seen them anywhere so maybe I will just have to make them myself. We will see. And I want the books to be accessible to them because kids need books. The more the better if you ask me.

Me and my girls

Today me and the girls went to my friend Rósa and our girls played together. She has two daughters, Þorbjörg Eyja who will be 4 in August, and Sóley Birta who is only 6 days younger than Karítas. Karítas will turn 3 September 14th and Sóley will turn 3 on September 22nd. Sumarrós is great around younger kids so she was put in charge of running around with them while me and Rósa chilled on a blanket in her yard. It was a sunny day and we had a lot of fun.

Kartas and Sumarrós

I took a bunch of pictures and you can see them all here if you want to 🙂 My favorite one is probably this one that Rósa took of me. I am Stephanie from Lazy Town going ghetto! Hahaha! Rósa gave me the Hedgehog pinkeep that she made for me and it is SO tiny and adorable! Thank you Rósa!

Now I am getting ready to do some late night stitching since the girls have gone to bed. I am getting very close on finishing Nature’s Beauty by LHN. I promised myself that I would finish it before starting Miss Mary Mack.


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Pinkeep exchange from Erla Björk!

Yesterday afternoon, while I was at work, my cell phone rang. It was Erla Björk and she asked if I could go outside just for a little while. I did and she handed me a package with this beautiful pinkeep. She has never made a pinkeep before, this is her first, and I am very happy to be the owner of it. It is perfect!

Pinkeep from Erla Björk

The fabric you can see is the backing fabric she used. Thank you so much Erla! I love my pinkeep!

And. Even more stash arrived yesterday!

From Down Sunshine Lane

Little House Needleworks – Home Of A Needleworker (Too!) (and the CC threads)
Little House Needleworks – Wool Needlebook and Fob
Little House Needleworks – My Needle’s Work (and the CC threads)
And two new scissors!


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Pinkeep Exchange for Erla Björk

One of the things that I mailed yesterday made it to its recipent today. Me and Rósa started a pinkeep exchange in my Icelandic stitching group and my partner (or at least the one I was supposed to make a pinkeep for) was Erla Björk. Following are the pictures I took of the pinkeep I stitched and made for her:
Pinkeep Exchange
Pinkeep Exchange

Pinkeep Exchange

Fabric: 40ct Antique White Linen
Thread: Garnet silk from Vikki Clayton
Pattern: Freebie from A Mon Amie Pierre – ‘Stitcher Hornbook’

I am so glad to hear that you like it Erla! Enjoy! My pictures might be a little dark, but there is a better picture on Erla’s blog (link above). Now I can’t wait to see who is stitching for me!



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Happy Summer!

Today is the first day of summer here in Iceland. I know, it is really weird to have the first day of summer this early in this part of the world, but hey, I don’t make the rules 😉 It is not very nice out there so I am not sure if me and the girls will be going out much today, but I do have a craving for going out for a short drive and maybe buy some ice cream or something. We will see what the day brings.

My friend Brenda sent me a package with fabrics and floss this week (I stitch for her in return and make her biscornus etc.) and this is what I got:

Stash From Brenda

WDW threads – White Lightning, Whiskey and Turkish Red
GAST threads – Copper, Buttercrunch and Sweet Petunia
32ct Belfast – Raw, Cafe Mocha and Country Mocha
Thanks Brenda, I love everything you send!

And here is my progress on ‘Quaker Christmas’ I absolutely love this piece! Here is my earlier update with the info about what threads/fabric I am using etc.

Quaker Christmas

I got sent my partner for the Pinkeep Exchange in my Icelandic stitching group and I have narrowed my choises down to two charts. Now I just need to decide which one to stitch and pick out some lovely threads and fabric. I have almost decided on the fabric, but I am still trying to decide what thread to use. I am leaning towards a beautiful silk from Vikky Clayton I just need to pull it out and see how it goes with the fabric I have in mind! Oh, I love picking threads and fabric for a new project!

ATTN! Judy and Barbie – I sent out your prizes yesterday. Please let me know when you get them!


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And the winner is!

Since there were 118 (!!!) comments to my drawing, I decided against letting my daughter draw and decided to use to find out who the winners would be!

And the lucky numbers:

The winner, poster of comment # 105, of the Pinkeep is:

The winner, poster of comment #41, of the Biscornu is:

Congratulations ladies! I will e-mail you ASAP to get your mailing addresses so that I can put the items in the mail to you :o)

Thanks to everyone who participated. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the responses! I will definitelly do this again!


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Win a Pinkeep.

Since Spring is slowly but surely showing it’s face around, I decided to have a drawing here on my blog.
All you have to do is comment on this post with your name (and be sure to fill out the field with your e-mail addy so that if you don’t have a blog, I can contact you) and you will be put in the draw. I will have my daughter draw from the list of names on Monday April 21st so that leaves you a week to enter. There are no obligations! If your name is drawn, you will win this pinkeep, made by me. It is something I started and finished today while staying home with a very well behaved sick baby.


Pattern: Buzzzz by Bent Creek
Threads: GAST, WDW and DMC
Buttons: from my stash
Fabric: 32ct Ice Blue Lugana
The fabric in the background is the backing fabric

Anyone can enter, you don’t have to be a stitcher and there are no obligations. This is only for fun 🙂 Maybe I will add something to the prize, who knows! Anyway, comment if you want to enter!


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Grateful Hearts Exchange to Joanie

This is an exchange that I completed in September last year. Something went wrong with the mail and it took its time to make it do it’s destination. But it finally did! I am so happy as I was getting more than worried.

This is my first heart shaped pinkeep and I am happy with it. It isn’t quite centered, but practice makes perfect!

Heart Shaped Pinkeep - front

Heart Shaped Pinkeep - back

Heart Shaped Pinkeep - side

The pattern was free from The Gift Of Stitching and I used 32ct Dark Blue/Green linen to stitch it one and DMC 115. I am happy with how that combination of thread/fabric worked. And I was even more happy when I found that backing fabric 🙂

Anyway, Joanie, I am so happy that the exchange finally made it to your home. I hope you will enjoy it 🙂

ps. I will probably not be blogging much for a while. As I mentioned, I am in the process of changing jobs and working a little more than usually so that doesn’t leave much time for stitching/blogging/photographing/playing in general. But I will be back! Oh yes I will!


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USA Tree

I have another finish. This is USA Tree by Helga Mandl. Since I do not live in the USA but really wanted to stitch this design, I decided to stitch it as a gift for a friend. That friend is Colleen in NY. We have been in the same on-line stitching group for years (I honestly can’t remember how many years LOL!) and she LOVES getting stitched gifts. And I think that she needs a little cheering up 🙂 So this was just perfect for her. I don’t think she has any pinkeeps yet, so I decided to make her one out of this design.

USA Tree Pinkeep
I did change the green colors to 500 and 502. And I added beads and buttons to the design. I think it turned out cute 🙂
USA Tree Pinkeep - backing fabric
USA Tree Pinkeep - side view

This pattern was offered to the members of wXSw (a Yahoo group) as a part of the Christmas SAL. Design by Helga Mandl.
I stitched it on 28ct White Opalescent Linen using DMC threads, Mill Hill beads and some buttons from my stash.

Colleen, I will mail it as soon as I feel well enough to go to work. You should at least have it before Christmas 🙂


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Two pinkeeps.

I stitched these last year but was never sure how to finish them. Today I decided to make them into Pinkeeps. I am very happy with the outcome and they are now displayed on top of my cabinet that holds all my stash.


And this is the fabric I used for the back:

Backing fabric

I added the fun little bee pins to the top that I got from Vikky Clayton the other day. Oh, that reminds me, I still haven’t posted a picture of the stash I have been getting lately. I have one more order coming in, probably tomorrow, and I will post a picture after I have that so I can show you all 🙂

This has been a great weekend. Stitching, finishing, concerts, great food, good movie (I watched ‘Deliver Us From Evil‘ last night), well behaved kids and lots of rest 🙂 I hope your weekend was great also!


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