Are we really to the middle of January already? This past couple of weeks has flown by being back to work after all the holiday time off. I work a flex schedule, so some weeks I work long hours, and other weeks seem more human. After a busy week of each schedule, I'm relieved to have a long weekend with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday. Monday is also my Dad's birthday, so I will be able to meet my folks for a birthday lunch. I love having those government holidays off :)
I've managed to complete a few more motifs for the 25 Motif Challenge. First, I wanted to make a little snowflake with the Altin Basak thread I got from Fox. She sent this beautiful thread back when she helped me out with learning that "pesky final join". The thread is such a pretty aqua color with a metallic thread in it, that I immediately thought it would be perfect for a snowflake. And Minnesota is snow country, after all! (And, by the way, anyone else having trouble with that pesky joining first ring to last, Ann has a great tutorial here.)
(Sorry - my photos are terrible - I really need to get my scanner connected properly again so I can try to scan my work instead.) This is Motif #2, with Altin Basak thread size 50. I found this thread to be soft and easily broken if I wasn't careful, so there are some nasty little spots of bunched up metallic thread where I tugged a bit too hard. The pattern is the MHC Snowflake by Sally Magill found here with other "quick" snowflake patterns.
I thought it would be just the right size for some small greeting cards, and decided that now might be a good time to make a few Valentines also. So, Motif #3, #4 and #5 are hearts.
Motif #3 is made with thread I received from my coworker that she brought to me from India - crochet cotton size 20. I tried the Peacock heart by Birgit Phelps found here. This thread is wonderful to work with, though I still need some work on hiding those ends - especially with these variegated threads.
Motif #4 is Birgit Phelps Sweetheart pattern found here, in Lizbeth Denim Whisper size 20. I've done this one before, and I love this pattern because it's so easy to work up, and lays so nice and flat without even blocking it. I like the way I can really see the stitches on this one.
Motif #5 is from the February 1988 Workbasket magazine. I used Lizbeth thread, Red Burst, size 20. I think I will do a couple more of these frilly little hearts - this was an easy pattern and I like the way it looks for a Valentine.
I haven't had time to work on my Gerbera Doily - hopefully I can get back to that next week, and get the final round started. I have a hard time staying with a project that takes very long to finish without needing a diversion. I have to take breaks and bake, sew, or tat a small item so I can feel like I really did accomplish SOMETHING. Ha ha. I'm such a goof that way. No wonder I have a million projects going. (OK, maybe only twenty projects.)
That Minnesota snow I mentioned is melting fast today. It's a whopping 38 degrees F outside - unseasonably warm for January, but definitely welcome for getting the streets and driveways back to being bare. It's great to see the bright sunshine - keeps everyone smiling!
Happy Long Weekend :)