Other than that, I have staid busy here at home. My dad and stepmom ( who live in Germany) were here for a few day, and it was fun having them.
It was Erika's 18th birthday on Tuesday - I cannot believe my firstborn has hit that mile marker already. One of our neighbors in Texas ( who's baby girl is now 1 1/2 years old) reaction of " Oh, crap" to the news that Erika was turning 18 sums up my feeling on the matter very succinctly.
I made her some fingerless owl mitts ( she is big into owls) from a pattern from Ravelry. It's my first attempt at mitts, and things turned out well - although on the first one I knitted the pattern backwards, and had to start over again... sheesh
These were knitt with some Wollmeise yarn from my incredible stash haul when we were down in Bavaria.
I also pulled out ATS on Sunday again - after the cloud I needed a break. But I enjoyed the stitching I did on it this weekend- although the bluebird gave me fits, but then I realized that the ray of sun that I was using as a reference point was one stitch too short.
So, I am supposed to be stitching on all Christmas all the time right now, but have rebelled and started a new project that I am just loving. Miss Ann Pennsylvania Peacock by Little by Little. I just picked my own threads from my vast HDF stash, selected some PTP 40 ct fabric ( don't ask me what it is - label fell off) and started stitching. Did I already say that I love her?
These pictures do reveal my technique of stitching one strand of color and going on to another strand of color. Since I have no self discipline, I tend to switch color with every strand rather than finishing a motif. I am thinking she will be less scattered looking on my next update.
Now I do have a little beef with her - on that vine border, just to drive me insane, one of the straight parts has 13 stitches in it, whereas all the other straight parts have 15.... of course, I did not discover this until I went back and started putting in the pretty, pretty flowers. Well, by that time, all that you see on the bottom had already been stitched. Uhhh, its not being frogged, that is for sure!! Now, why can't designers point that out in their instructions? Just a little FYI - it would be so helpful.
Alright, off to do my housework at lightening speed, so I can sit down and stitch some!