Holidays, Knitting, my work, Needlework, Travels

By December 3rd

Cardigan finished and being worn;

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My needlepoint shoes were made.

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Thailand visited;

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Son’s 23rd Birthday dinner done;

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Thanksgiving dinner done;

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Counting down to Christmas
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knitting
knitting
knitting

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Knitting, my work

Assembling Orkney

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My Orkney cardigan turned out great. The knitting part is all complete including the neck band. This was my first time knitting with Rowan Tweed DK and I’m absolutely in love with this yarn! I also love the pattern and color combination of Orkney very much.

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I followed the instruction on knitting. The only differences were – I added 2 stitches to the given ones. One on each side of rows. I always weave when adding a new color and finishing a color. So this was no exception with the cardigan. I purl all the colors together at the end of rows and slip as to knit all yarn together at the beginning of rows. Sometimes there were four strings of yarn and that is perfectly fine.
The other change – I knitted my Orkney longer than in the instruction. I measured my beautiful Oleana cardigan and from the cast on to the sleeve opening it is 42 cm. I made my Orkney 38 cm to the sleeves.
I thought I might have to buy more yarn because of that. But it was enough yarn.

So, it is time for assembling my Orkney. Now, I think that this great cardigan deserves a better finishing than in the instruction. I knew I wanted to finish it as best as I can.
To start with the neck band. I’ve never liked a cast off on top of it. This time it is no exception that I cast on and knit the neck band separately and then sew on the open stitches to the neck opening slowly removing the waste yarn. This way there is cast on on top instead of cast off. Cast on looks much more better than cast off.

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To cover the seam on the wrong side I made bias tape out of silk fabric (previously washed for shrinking) and then sewed it on by hand.

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Same bias tape for the left and right front. For these I’m using very thin iron-on interfacing on my silk.

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I really thought I’ll finish it today. But when I looked through tons of buttons I have, there was nothing that I would like for this cardigan. So, off to buy buttons tomorrow. And then the major – machine made buttonholes which I’m dreading a little bit as it will be my first time making them on a knitted garment.
In any case, there will be an update.

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Knitting, my work, Needlework

Orkney*

A few needlepoints later I’m back here because I really want to share my latest knitting project.
For the last five days I feel that I didn’t want to go to bed even when I could hardly keep my eyes open and could not wait for the next morning to start.
The reason of this is Orkney.
Orkney cardigan (pattern by Marie Wallin) that I started knitting last Saturday night. I had Orkney cardigan in queue on Ravelry for a while and then sometime this past August I bought Rowan Felted Tweed DK in colors suggested in the pattern and could hardly wait for it to make a long journey from England to Hong Kong.
When it arrived, as soon as I opened the package I knew I had to put aside all my other projects.

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Five days of knitting have been very exciting. The color combination is gorgeous. Knitting Orkney is a pleasure and I wonder as I knit row after row, what color and pattern would be next.
Even though some people suggest knitting it in the round, I’m knitting it just like in the instruction. Maybe I will knit the sleeves in the round. I haven’t decided on it yet.

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Here is one of my finished needlepoints. It is Naxos Cat design by Elian McCready.
While being stretch

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and made into a cushion cover.
My cat definitively approves ^_^

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*Orkney, also known as the Orkney Islands, is an archipelago in northern Scotland.

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It’s all about flowers lately

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My recently finished embroidery – this delicate Lily of the valley cross stitched on 28-count (28 cross stitches per inch) off white linen using one thread of DMC floss. Unframed above and framed with this beautiful French frame bellow.

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I had a hard time finding an oval frame for this embroidery in Hong Kong. After a while of unsuccessful searching, I ended up buying this frame from an antique dealer in France and shipping it to Hong Kong. The frame is XIX c. wooden gilded frame with stucco bouquets of flowers and engraved foliage between them. It is, just like the dealer says, magnifique! I love it and it goes perfectly with the embroidery. It’s made curved at the top and my guess is that it was made for a painting that did not required glass to be installed over it. The framer did not realize it at first and his attempt at putting glass in ended up in fiasco with glass breaking. So instead he installed plexiglass, which is an alternative to glass, to cover the embroidery.

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Continue with my embroideries – the second pansies shoe and a tea cozy are my current work in progress. The photo above (the roses) is my embroidery in progress. It is for the tea cozy. Both its sides will be embroidered with different flowers and with a “L” monogram in the middle. Since my husband’s and my last names both start with L, it works perfectly for our monogram.

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Porcelain lily-of-the-valley you see in my pictures is the work of Vladimir Kanevsky. You can find more of his beautiful flowers here.

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Needlepoint shoes

For the past three-four months I’ve been completely submerged in my needlework. I embroidered like mad, pretty much every day, sometimes 12 hours a day. There are two cushion covers with completed needlepoint waiting to be sewn onto cushions, a very elegant lily-of-the-valley worked on 28-count linen that is at the framing shop at the moment waiting to be put into a magnifique XIX century French frame with stucco roses and engraved foliage between them and a cross stitch tea cozy in the working.

And then there is a pair of needlepoint shoes all covered with pansies. I’m completely in love with them!

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It is looking nothing like a shoe right now. But it will after a shoe making company finishes them. Making up needlepoint shoes requires a professional service. I might choose one of handmaking shoe companies in Hong Kong or mail the needlepoint to Bowhill & Elliot in London for a professional job.

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{my needlepoint pansies and Limoges hand painted plate}

Needlepoint for one shoe has been completed. Even though my canvas was not distorted at all, I’m still blocking (stretching) it. Blocking will give the needlepoint even better look. The aureole around the needlepoint you see in the picture bellow is just water to dampen the back of the worked canvas.
I think I’ll keep it stretched on the frame until the second shoe needlepoint is finished.

This work is done with Appleton tapestry wool on single thread 14-count cotton canvas.

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{on top is my older heart of pansies cross stitch}

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