Crafty Bird

Welcome to my nest of fibre, fabric, paper, and beads...

Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for dropping by! I have a passion for all sorts of crafty goodness. Creating items with my hands and heart is a perfect complement to my working life.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Happy New Year!

Ah, the holidays! I have to say I become less excited about Christmas the longer I am on this planet; however, my indifference doesn't really concern me too much. My excitement over the holidays has waxed and waned over the years depending on my personal situation (where I am living, who I am with) and my financial situation. I don't have children, my partner's family is Jewish, and the cult of consumerism that can envelope the holidays is just, well, disheartening to me.

However, I do love the twinkling lights, the friendliness freely given by strangers, and the excitement of gathering with loved ones - that is something worth celebrating all year long. Another favourite is hearing from friends that have been out of touch through correspondence or telephone calls.
And I love to send a few cards out to those I have been remiss in keeping in touch with. Here are some cards I made to send to friends and family - love to make cards!
I also managed to make a few gifts: the green mittens I posted about in early December ;
A dishcloth for my dear friend Carley who is in Turkey at the moment. I love the stitch pattern repeat on this one: *yarn over, knit 2, pass yo over 2 knit stitches* ; I also knit a toque made from Rowan Biggy Print as well as a removable flower pin for my neice-in-law (no photo!) ; and, finally, a beret

made from Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk and knit in seed stitch on 5 mm addi turbos
for my mother ; I liked this one so much, I'm making one for me too! I just made a few, quick knits, but then, this was meant to be a low-stress holiday!

I did recently started a pair of Hedera socks from with Fleece Artist sock yarn (from the stash). I am loving the mix of clear blues and soft grey in this yarn. I'm knitting them magic loop style on addi US#1 and I've turned the heel on the first sock (woo hoo!). These puppies are for moi and I am enjoying them very much so far...very nice pattern...easy to memorize...pretty to look at.

I also have a larger finished object to report: River. It turned out beautifully and I was able to wear it to A's company party and a few other times over the holidays. I will take pictures and report properly once I get the software loaded for our long-awaited family present: a digital slr camera! We picked up a Nikon D50, which is being discontinued, at a descent enough price and I am very excited at the prospect of taking some yarntastic pics of my knitting projects (and craft projects too)!

Happy New Year to all. I wish you the very best for 2007! Be happy and be safe.


Blogger Ruth Singer said...

oh, that beret is lovely! Is it a commercial pattern or one you did yourself? i'm in the midst of a beret obsession and would dearly love to try this pretty one!

January 01, 2007 4:33 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything you made looks great! I hope the new year brings all you hope for!

January 01, 2007 10:42 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy new year to you, Robin!

January 01, 2007 10:54 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Robin! The beret is beautiful and I can't wait to see River taken with the new camera!
And the dishrag is already in use here in Turkey! It is lovely!

January 01, 2007 12:20 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Robin! I can't wait to see your new projects and to meet you in person soon!

January 01, 2007 2:57 p.m.  
Anonymous Tangerine Dreams said...

Wow, you've been productive! Hope you had an awesome New Year. Everything looks gorgeous, I too can't wait to meet River. You are sooooo lucky (both of you, actually) to get to meet Dana. I love and miss her (I hope it's the same Dana we're talking about - exnomad).

January 03, 2007 10:46 a.m.  

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