Hello from Finland! Long time, no post. I think I spent half of my time in Maine last month shoveling my mother's driveway, but the snow was beautiful and it was very nice to be there for Christmas for the first time since 2004.
I tried very hard to resist the knitting bug while I was with my mom (who's newly hooked), but a few supplies and ideas did find their way into my three very heavy suitcases that Lufthansa reluctantly transported over the Atlantic for me. Here are the beautiful knitted gifts I received for Christmas: a potholder made from gorgeous silky cotton and from the Domino Knitting book (see December 11 post) and a scarf and mittens made from wonderful Noro wool. I'm so amazed at how quickly my mom taught herself how to do these seamed two-needle mittens. She's on to to four-needles and socks next!
I was able to finish the Bear Paws while I was in Maine, too, although on Christmas morning my brother opened an almost finished quilt. I finished it during the week after Christmas thanks to being able to use a lovely Pfaff at my friendly local quilt (and knitting) shop.
Sorry the pictures aren't so great - I used an antique digital camera (no optical zoom, as large as a brick) since I left my battery charger in Finland and my brother was out of town for New Year's Eve with his fancy new camera by the time I actually sewed the label on. The second photo shows the borders, the backing, and a little of the quilting close up. This is the largest project I've quilted myself (it's a wide twin) and although I thought I'd never finish, I did and now I'm feeling brave enough to tackle a few more large projects myself, too! I brought back one queen-sized cotton/bamboo batting to try out with a red and white top that's been languishing in a box since 2003. Has anyone tried bamboo batting? Any feedback?
And finally, here are a few pictures of a project I started back in October as a Christmas gift - a little Trip Around the World wall-hanging for a traveling friend (who is also a fan of olives) who visited me here in Finland with her sister last summer.
Hope everyone had a safe and peaceful holiday season. If I'm going to be more crafty for next Christmas, I'd better start sewing now!