Windy afternoon with no sun, a cup of hot cocoa, folders of pictures... my recipe for getting back to the blog after almost 2 months break.
Lots and lost of things to share and I will start with some February projects today.
A fast knit first - mobius: oft champagne colour, cozy mohair yarn, favourite Cat Bordhi pattern with traditional mod - the picot edge. Countless stitches in the last row but pays off with delicate finish. This was a gift and relaxing late winter knit.
Next - an embroidery that takes lots and lots of hours and I decided to make it reversible despite it was my first. I had only finished one /much bigger/ similar project that had been sitting for years with less than 1/4 of the embroidery left to complete. It was long ago - about 10 years. The one her was impulsive purcahese few summers ago. It went really /and surprisingly/ fast until the kit threads turned to be a bit short. Finished this February. Now waiting for a framing mojo to get it all done.
One of the most special projects now - martenitzas. Do you know what martenitza is?
If you have Bulgarian friends you might know. It is twisted yarn - one white and one red string and all the embellishment possibilities you could think of - tassels, pom-poms, tiny dolls, flowers, etc. It is a little health magic. Best wishes for a healthy year by tying a martenitza on ones hand. Or pinning to ones lapel. Traditionally the yarn is wool. Martenitzas are hand made and you can see various stiles and looks. The ones I made this year - cotton thread to make them as thin ans possible /fast drying on the hand/ and various beads. Mostly because I needed a lot and really fast. A martenitza is been worn until the first spring birds arrive. Then it is tied to a tree.
Deep red and vivid red plus white and ecru, simple piecing and even simpler hand quilting and all done!
I finished this a couple of days ago - stitching late at night, after midnight, which is quite unusual for me. Still it felt comforting - stitching the binding down and joining and stitching it to the quilt on side by hand too. It was not planned - impulsive late quilting by the lamp. I realized how happy I am, I am using my kid's desk lamp - I actually do not stitch after sunset! Well, I did this Wednesday and I am happy I did.
It is Valentine quilt officially but I am sure it will live as a March quilt too here. Local tradition celebrates wine on Feb 14th and March is the red-and-white month with the martnenitsa rituals. So this quilty is mixing love, wine and health wishes all in one for a February-March quilt on the wall. Or maybe on a table... Have not decided yet.
The pink background is the back of a Strippy quilt. I am not a pink person in general, but reds and pinks together is something I like.
Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Wine Day!
It is a late but really cold winter start here and the perfect time for a Doublemassa hat - the thickest and warmest hat I have ever seen or knitted.
I took a lot of pictures when it was all knitted but have not posted one with the complete folded look and all the four /yay, they are four!/ layers of pure wool. So here it is.