Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. Ours was pretty stress free, Mo helped with the cooking, there was only 5 of us for lunch. The Turkey was particularly good this year, probably because we didn't fuss over it just left it do do its thing in the oven. Mo was in charge of the roast vegetables which have to be cooked in a separate pan so she will eat them but I snuck the shallots in with the turkey to get some of the yummy goodness (she doesn't eat them).
We didn't have any desert this year and 3 days later the pudding hasn't been cracked. As per usual no dinner was planned and Mo and I made a cheese platter and that served as tea.
Below is the gingerbread house her and her boyfriend made on Christmas Eve. After the photo they divided the house in two to share with his family. After Christmas Day we decided he can have the whole thing next year as we only ever just pick of the lollies and never eat the gingerbread so his family may as well have it.
Its been a lazy few days after Christmas though DH has been hard at work clearing out one of the sheds to set up Mo's pottery studio, I've just been muddling around. Mo worked boxing day for a few hours and Maestro has worked double shifts every other day. I realised this morning that today is a public holiday so I should have gone food shopping yesterday as we have nearly run out of left overs but I'm sure we won't starve.
Well its been a funny old year stitching wise. I haven't been to many quilting classes this year so my quilting mojo has fallen away a bit. I am sure it will return soon once we can get back to classes. A couple of my quilting friends have got into crochet. They have finished lots of blankets, I have managed to finish lots of granny squares but not many completed projects, and I have just started another one oops.
This week I finished Granny Square Academy and decided to start on Granny Square Flair (both books are by spincushions. I thought that the squares could be combined, however the finished sizes are different so that is not to be. Granny Square Academy was a great learning exercise though I can now pretty much read patterns in words and most charts as well so I'm pretty happy with my crochet progress. Below are the final 2 Granny Squares.
Yesterday I took the plunge and started Granny Square Flair which has 50 patterns. The first square was a bit of a challenge, probably because I made a mistake in the 2nd round and had to unpick all the way back a couple of times till I realised where the error was. The 2nd square has 2 more rows to go and even though it looks more complicated it actually was a bit easier, its very pretty I can see a whole blanket made using this square....oh another project. I've decided to work through the whole book and make one square each which will almost give me enough for a sampler blanket. There are quite a few projects in the book but the sampler project is made up of 56 squares so that will be my aim at least it is something I can pick up whenever and just do a square.
I finished the top of my cross stitch pincushion. I have started on the side band but haven't got very far yet as I have had sore eyes and the close work is irritating but I will get back to it. I also finished some embroidery on my gifts for the girls we will be catching up the first week in January so I need to get the articles finished.
Well it was a 6 out of 7 week for me the only day I haven't done craft is Christmas day so that was pretty good for a busy week.