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I have been stitching on Nature’s Home Afghan once again and I have finished another block. This block was a fairly quick stitch and an enjoyable one. Here is a picture of the finished block.
Block finished May 12th 2009
I don’t know how much time I’ll have to stitch over the weekend but hope to get some stitching time though as I feel I really need it.

Take care and stay safe over the weekend.


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Whow! Every day seems just so buy at work those days. I am longing for holiday right now but still have about a month to wait for it.

I heard that Pascale in Belgium received the crazy exchange that I sent to her so I can show you some pictures. This was a march challenge piece at Stitch and Stash forum (Jayne’s Attic). I really loved making this little hedgehog. And immedialy thought of Pascale to send it off to, I am happy to say that she enjoyed it. I made this into a needlebook. Here are some pictures.
Needlebook for Pascale

And this is inside the needlebook
Needlebook for Pascale

This chart is called the Hedgehog Quaker and comes from the Workbasket.
The free chart can be found here.
The facric and thread are some scraps from my stash.

Lately I have been knitting quite a lot. I have managed to finish off a dress for my youngest daughter Jóhanna Brynja and a vest for my middle daughter Friðbjörg Lilja. Here are some pictures of them showing off their new clothes.
Fridbjorg Lilja
Here is Friðbjörg Lilja wearing her new vest. The pattern can be found in English on the net for free. Please, click here. If you would like to find out more about icelandic knitting and for more free patterns please check out http://istex.is

Johanna Brynja
Here is Jóhanna Brynja modeling her new dress, she just loves it.

Beautiful girls
Here they are both showing off their new clothes. The spinning wheel that stands between them is an heirloom from my husbands side. It was handmade by his grandfather and is a beautiful work.

I’ll leave you here. Currently I have started knitting another vest, the same pattern as I knitted before but in different colours for my oldest daughter Hjálmfríður Bríet. I am also working on my Nature’s Home afghan. I have started another block and have been stitching on tuesday evenings just not posting a picture recently. I will post a picture on tuesday of the block and also of the whole afghan, it has changed a bit since I posted a overview picture the last time.

Until next time, hope you have a wonderful day. Take care.

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Back to blogging

Hope there is someone still visiting my blog. I have been away for a long time. Things have been very hectic at work and I have brought home some work for the evenings. And I have been knitting and cross stitching in between so I do have some pictures to show you, I guess I’ll do that in a seperate blog entry. 🙂

We went away for the Easter weekend. We rented a cottage out in the country and stayed there. The weather was chilly but wonderful. The girls enjoyed themselves and so did Runar and I. Jóhanna Brynja caught the flu while we were in the cottage and ran a high temperature so she stayed inside most of the time. But in spite of that Easter was lovely. I only took one cross stitch project with me to the cottage, The Nature’s Home Afghan and managed to finish two blocks.

Yesterday we had election day here in Iceland where we chose members of the Parliament. I stayed up into the night to watch the results. I’m not much into politics.

Well, I’m going to leave you all here but I will post seperate posts with some pictures in a moment.

Hope you all have a great sunday. I’ve missed you all.

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It’s been a long time since my blogging again. I am sitting here at some sick, staying home from work. I’ve got the flu, a sore throat, stuffy nose, bad caugh and am running a fever. I have a feeling that the flu has developed into an infection in the sinuses, I’ve got a doctors appointment lined up for Thursday, so we’ll see about that.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you about stitchy update. I have got some pictures to show you and some updates to tell you about. First let’s start by Nature’s Home Afghan. The picture from last week is here below. I will be stitching on this today so I’ll have another update for you tonight/tomorrow (not sure when). I am still working on the bottom right block with the rabbit, still have got quite some stitching on that block before it is finished.

I have been working on my rotation. I finished stitching on my slot for “Under the Friendship Tree” by Mirabilia. I really love this pattern and it reminds me of my lifelong friendship with my friend Árný. We have known each other since we were 2 and 3 years old. Stitching on this brings on many fond memories of our friendship. Well, this is where I left it after finishing the slot in my rotation.
Mirabilia - Under the friendship tree

I have got a new start in my roation now. It is something that I have wanted to start for ages. I have already done a hour stitching on it and hope to finish the slot this week to make a move on my rotation. The new start is “4 Wishes” by Just Nan. I love her designs and learning some new speciality stitches is so much fun. I will not show you a picture until I have finished the 10 hours on 4 Wishes so you’ll have to wait a bit longer. I really love the way the rotation is working this time. I am cutting a huge dent into my UFO pile, I can see it vanish in front of my eyes and I think it is unbelieveable how little work I’ve got left on some of the projects. They really shouldn’t have found their way into my UFO pile. And I love the guilt free new starts that I have been making too along the way. 🙂  It is such a joy.

Remember back in January I did the Monthly Challenge at Jayne’s Attic message board. I haven’t posted a picture of it on my blog yet as it got sent away as an exchange for the Crazy Exchange group. It has been received by the recipient a while ago but I always forgot to post a picture. So here it goes.
Bourse inside

Bourse outside

This is “The Three Emblems” a freebie by Papillon Creations
Stitched on scrap fabric that I found in my stash.
Can’t remember what thread I used.
Finished as a bourse – my very first bourse.

I wanted to participate actively in the Montly Challenge this year but I failed to do February. I did finish the March challenge yesterday (will post a picture later) and I think I might go ahead and do the February challenge even though it is March already. It can’t hurt anyone. LOL  🙂

I did a couple of HOE Exchanges in February and March. The HOE Biscornu Exchange has been received by Jayne in the UK. Here is a picture of the biscornu I made for her for this exchange.
##### Biscornu Exchange

##### Biscornu Exchange

The pattern is “French Biscornu Chart” by Papillon Creation.
The pattern was published in Gift of Stitching Issue 27, April 2008.
Again stitched on scrap fabric found in my stash.
Threads are Carrie’s Thread from a Grab bag that I bought long time ago.

I am waiting for the HOE Winter Quaker Exchange to reach it’s destination. It is probably on route across the Atlantic Ocean as I write this. Of course I forgot to take a picture of this exchange before I sent it away so I’ll have to ask for a picture from the dear recipient when she has received it.

Yesterday, I did finish the stitching on another Crazy Exchange, I can’t show you a picture yet. I’ll probably do the finishing today. We’ll see about it. I will show you a picture once it has been received.

What else can I tell you. I have a secret gift flying across the pond to UK where it will land in the hands of a very dear online blogging friend. She was so kind as to send me a pattern off my wish list when she had finished stitching it. Thank you so much dear Julie – I know you read my blog. The CCN pattern “The Tearoom” will find its’ way to my rotation thanks to you.

I think this really is all for now. I’ll be back with an update on Nature’s Home after today and will continue with my rotation tomorrow. Until next time, hope you are having a great day! Thanks to those who are still reading my blog, thank you for staying around reading even though sometimes it is long time between my posts.

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The heading says it all.  I haven’t had much time to blog lately but I’ve been doing a lot of things. There are quite a few photos that I would like to show you.

First let me start off with my stitching happy dances. The first one is a part of my rotation. I had quite a few projects in my WIP/UFO pile that only needed a few stitches to be finished, I include those into my rotation every second slot so I am finishing quite a few WIP/UFO’s as I go. On saturday I finished one of those projects. This one is a Ozark SAL from 2007. It is stitched on a piece of evenweave which was handdyed by Jayne at Jayne’s Attic and all the threads used are dyed by Mary at Ozark Sampler. I really enjoyed working on this piece and I don’t really know why it became an UFO for me. But here it is all finished up.
Ozark SAL 2007

With the Ozark SAL 2007 slot finished in my rotation it is time to move to the next slot. Now I am stitching on Under the Friendship Tree which is a Mirabilia design. I had started this some months ago and really love this piece. I did manage to stitch on it for 2 hours before I had to put it down. But it will be back in my hands on wednesday when I’ll continue stitching on it. I wanted to show you a picture of it as it was before I started working on it again.
Under the friendship Tree

I have another stitching happy dance that happened just today. I’ve been taking part in the Oakhaven Design SAL and I quite enjoy it. We can send a picture to Tonia at Oakhaven Designs when we have finished a part of the SAL and she will then send us the next part. So we get to choose how fast/slow we stitch each part. I really love her designs so it is difficult not to fly through the parts. I finished the March part today and will be sending a picture to Tonia tonight asking April. Anyway, here is a picture of March finished.

Today I finished off a biscornu that I can’t show you a picture of just yet. This is for the HOE biscornu exchange. It is all packed up and ready to be taken to the post office tomorrow. It hasn’t got very far to travel so I might have a picture for you soon. Tomorrow I’ll be working on the Monthly Challenge on Jayne’s Attic Message Board. I’m looking forward to working on it.

I’ve spent a big part of this weekend helping my girls with their homework. Hjálmfríður Bríet had a project that she had to finish and hand in tomorrow morning that was really time consuming. I think I told you in a previous blog entry that I like to have my knitting needles with me when I help the girls out when it is possible. Over the weekend I managed to finish 3 projects knitting. All of those had been started and only needed a minimum work to finish. Here are pictures.

First there is a “Kiss Me Dishcloth”. I did join a group on yahoo where they have a Discloth KAL. You get a pattern of a discloth sent to you in 7 parts – one part each day. I have never knitted a discloth before but I thought it was a lot of fun and quite an easy task as I only did a small part daily. I must warn you the photo isn’t very good, the wording doesn’t show well. It says Kiss Me and there is a picture of lips below.
Discloth KAL

The next project was a pair of mittens that I had started for Hjálmfríður Bríet. I finally finished knitting the second thumb. This is an icelandic pattern and I used some Lopi light wool for it. I simply love this pattern and I might make some more mittens using the same pattern. Hjálmfríður Bríet did choose the colours herself and I think it looks very pretty.

And I finished a pair of socks for Friðbjörg Lilja. I had knitted the first sock ages ago and then had the second sock missing. But it knitted up quite quickly. Those are made with Regia sock yarn and she hasn’t taken off her socks since they were finished.

Well, I think that’s it for now. This post has been quite long and you deserve a medal to be still reading. I really hope you will all have a nice week ahead of you. I am looking foward to talking to you all again, hopefully soon. At least I’ll have an update for you on tuesday on my Nature’s Home Afghan.

Until then, take care, hugs and kisses.

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Tuesday evening I spent stitching on my Nature’s Home Afghan again. As I told you in my last update I am determined to finish off the tree before moving on to some other blocks with more colour. And believe me I can be very stubborn when I have my mind set on something. So, on tuesday evening I stitched with a lot of brown again and I managed to finish off another block. I feel like this is going wonderfully and I can actually start to believe that I WILL finish this in 2009. 😉  Julie – You must keep MrStick on my back there…….LOL  😉  I actually look forward to Tuesday evenings and my stitching on Nature’s Home. Rúnar is always working every tuesday evenings so I once Jóhanna Brynja is in bed I have the evening to myself and my stitching. Sometimes (like last tuesday) I really loose track of time and keep stitching until Rúnar shows up home from work just after 1am. Well, enough of my talking – here are the pictures you are waiting for.

First the one from last week

And then the one from this week

Helen was wondering if she could see an overview picture. Sure you can Helen. Here is the overview picture that I took today.
Overview 03.02.2009

Next week I’ll be working on the bottom right corner. I’ll be finishing off the last part of the tree trunk and finally we’ll also see a rabbit, some grass and some flower so I’ll bring in a lot more colours next week but I do not expect to finish off the block in one stitching. So please come back on Wednesday next week to see my progress (of course I’ll love to have you visit me before). 😉

I haven’t been stitching anything tonight. I was planning to continue stitching on my rotation. I am currently working on The Warwickshire Ring but it is going very slowly. I was just going to catch a glimpse on the news tonight before I started stitching but I fell asleep and slept for almost 2 hours. ;-(  I was a bit disappointed but I guess I needed the sleep.

Well, I am off tonight – thank you once again for your visits I really appreciate it. Hope you have a great day tomorrow.

Take care, hugs and kisses until next time.

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Last night I continued stitching on my Nature’s Home Afghan and again I stitched nothing but with brown colour. I managed to finish another block and to start the next part of the tree. I am slowly getting closer to finishing the tree and I can promise you I’ll do a huge happy dance once all the brown stitching is finished. Here is a picture from last night.

It has been snowing almost non stop today so we have a lot of snow outside. I don’t particularly enjoy the snow especially if I have to drive around in it.  I spent today on a very interesting seminar on autism. Learnt some new things and had a lovely day.

Tonight is back to my rotation stitching. Next in line is the Warwickshire Ring. I am looking forward to stitching on it and I’ll show you a progress picture when the 10 hour slot is finished. Not sure when that will happen.

I have got a dentist appointment for tomorrow, I am not particularly looking forward to that one but it is something that must be done once in a while. Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow. Looking forward to your visit again. Until next time – hugs and kisses to you all.

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