The trouble with not blogging regularly is that, when you finally do get around to it, you have so much to blog about, it seems a bit intimidating! So, I'm going to let the pics do most of the talking. As usual, click on any of the pics to see more detail.
There has been a fair bit of charity knitting going on lately. The Monthly Adventurers at Ravelry elect a different charity every month to which members can contribute if they wish. In November, I had mentioned that I was knitting for a charity event in our village hall at which I had a stand in support of carers of people with Alzheimer's and, consequently, this became the cause of the month. As a lot of the members are in the US, it didn't leave a lot of time for the knitting of large projects, so I suggested that the knitting should be of Korknissar or cork elves which make lovely Xmas decorations. Now, if you don't know of the Monthly Adventurers, you won't know that not only are they a very generous and talented bunch of people but they also have very fertile imaginations and are not afraid to use a bit of poetic licence when the occasion calls. This was the result!
Apart from the rank and file elves, the final assemblage included a bride and groom, spies with wobbly eyes, pirates, Santas, baby elvinos, glitzy types, and blonde korkettes! They went down a treat on the day as you can see from the pics below which are not the best due to bad lighting.
Check out my display stand with the Christening Shawl pinned to it? I'm really chuffed with this! I'd seen Sue's version (scroll down) and, after her very kindly blogging about how she did it (scroll down again), DH made a similar one. Thanks, Sue! Neat, isn't it!
The christening shawl was for display only as I couldn't bear to part with it but it generated lots of interest and, as a few of us are thinking of getting a craft group up and running in our village, that's a good thing.
Apart from the above, I've almost finished my second Snow Forest Yuletide Table Runner.
I made a Fishtail Hat from the 2008 Knitting Pattern a Day Calendar for the Ravelry' Caps for Connor group.
I knitted an Ice Queen for the charity morning which was snapped up. Thanks to Rosemary, the designer, for allowing me to sell this at the event.
And I've been making some of Norah's Snowflakes except I'm using a much finer yarn than the recommended Berroco Pure Merino and I added some Swarovski crystals to this one.
The yarn I'm using is Twilleys Southern Comfort which is a count 10 crochet cotton. This means that they come out at 5" across which is a nice size for tree hanging. I couldn't get any fabric stiffener spray locally so I've been using a mixture of 50/50 white glue and water to stiffen them and it's working well.
Next month's Monthly Adventurers' good cause is hats for preemies.
So, some of these, which were knitted by my dear MIL, will be winging their way over to the US!