Saturday, 5 April 2014

Spring Update

Windy afternoon with no sun, a cup of hot cocoa, folders of pictures... my recipe for getting back to the blog after almost 2 months break.

Lots and lost of things to share and I will start with some February projects today.

Champagne mobius winter hug


A fast knit first - mobius: oft champagne colour, cozy mohair yarn, favourite Cat Bordhi pattern with traditional mod - the picot edge. Countless stitches in the last row but pays off with delicate finish. This was a gift and relaxing late winter knit.

 
completed embroidery


Next - an embroidery that takes lots and lots of hours and I decided to make it reversible despite it was my first. I had only finished one /much bigger/ similar project that had been sitting for years with less than 1/4 of the embroidery left to complete. It was long ago - about 10 years. The one here was impulsive purcahese few summers ago. It went really /and surprisingly/ fast until the kit threads turned to be a bit short. Finished it this February. Now waiting for a framing mojo to get it all done.

One of the most special projects now - martenitzas. Do you know what martenitza is?

If you have Bulgarian friends you might know. It is twisted yarn - one white and one red string and all the embellishment possibilities you could think of - tassels, pom-poms, tiny dolls, flowers, etc. It is a little health magic. Best wishes for a healthy year by tying a martenitza on ones hand. Or pinning to ones lapel. Traditionally the yarn is wool. Martenitzas are hand made and you can see various stiles and looks. The ones I made this year - cotton thread to make them as thin ans possible /fast drying on the hand/ and various beads. Mostly because I needed a lot and really fast. A martenitza is been worn until the first spring birds arrive. Then it is tied to a tree.

martnenitzas 2014




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