Monday, August 18, 2008

What I did on my summer vacation...

While teaching an awesome group of Korean primary school English teachers at the University of Montana for a month, I found very little time for crafty endeavors, but I do have a few small finishes to report on as I return the world of blogging as summer draws to an close. I can't believe how fast the time has flown by - I head back to Finland tomorrow!

The knitting continues:
I finished the slippers and am almost finished with my first pair of mittens! I used Järbo Lovikka yarn and combined their online Lovikka mitten pattern and the one in Robin Hansen's children's book Sunny's Mittens.

On the swap front:
For the July version of the 6-12" mini quilt swap, I sent both of these to different destinations in Washington State.

In return, I was very lucky to receive these two little beauties (on the left, from SheltonDHW, and on the right, from Alicia). Thanks!!

I also sent off another one of the strawberry series to Gina in Wales for the Miniature Booty Swap II.

Finally, here are the pillows I made for my mom in July. I'm hoping to add a few more to the collection in the future - maybe for holiday gifts!

I hope everyone out there (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least) has had a good summer and I promise to get back to posting more regularly very soon!

19 comments:

Mary said...

I love the tree and strawberry quilts - they are too cute and make me want to just make a mini.

Have a good trip back to Finland.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

those pillows are gorgeous and what fun little minis.

Karol-Ann said...

Wow! just love your minis!! travel safe!

Cascade Lily said...

Well you've done very well! I love the pillow/cushion covers. Lovely :)

Cher said...

what fun mini quilts! and I am sure Gina will love her booty swap too.
those are nice pillows for your mom

dot said...

Good to hear from you again. I was wondering and thought you must be real busy. I like all the pictures. The little quilts are great and the pillows are wonderful. Are the slippers to be felted or left as is? The mittens look like they will be very warm. Good job for a new knitter.

Holly said...

WHat beautiful quilts. I love minis.

katelnorth said...

welcome back - we missed you :) I did wonder when i saw Gina had received the strawberry quilt whether you were back...

Guðrún said...

The pillows are beautiful.

Libby said...

Hope you got a few moments here and there to enjoy the Montana countryside.

Great swaps!

egater said...

Those pillows are so beautiful, and these little quilts to :)
You do beautiful quilts

Needle and Thread said...

Love the pillows and little quilts!

Kelly Fletcher said...

Your cushions are great - I wouldn't have been able to give them away...

jovaliquilts said...

I love your stuff -- the designs are simple but the effect is always wonderful! Really nice.

Magpie Sue said...

I especially like the little tree quilt you made. And the pillows for you mother. Lucky Mom!

Dzen said...

What fetching socks and mittens. Ooooo!

Kristin L said...

What a lot of wonderful, inspirational, stuff you've gotten. I really love the quiltlet with the silhouettes.

Samantha said...

the pillows are stunning, wow!

Ashley Ann said...

Those pillows are amazing!