God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

RAKs Received & My Shawl Is On Life Support

First the good news   : )   My May & June RAKs (which were mailed at the end of June) have been received!  I made my May RAK for Paula in Portugal.  Paula used to have a blog but it was hacked along with her email account.  She has gotten herself a new email address but she is probably not going to attempt to blog again   : (   Paula is in love with Paris & I really enjoyed stitching this BBD design for her   : )

For my June RAK I chose this pattern for Mouse (Tales of a Stitching Mouse).  The pattern is designed by Viola of The Little Stitcher.  Viola has some great patterns so do pay her a visit when you get the chance   : )   
I have just a wee bit of finishing to do on my July RAK & hopefully it will be winging its way to the intended party before the end of August   : )   I am also going to be starting another cross stitch project but ... you guessed it ... it's for an exchange so you'll have to wait to know what it is.

Now for the bad news   : (   I have been knitting away on my shawl & although it is slow going I am enjoying the process.  Last night I reached the end of my first skein of yarn so I got the next skein & began to make it into a ball.  As I was doing so I noticed that the colors seemed a bit odd compared to those of the skein I had just worked with. Both skeins were purchased at the same time from the same yarn shop, both have the same lot numbers, so hopefully it's just my eyes playing tricks on me.  I will join it to the first ball & keep on knitting & see how it goes.  I really don't want to tink the entire shawl (we tink in knitting, we frog in cross stitch) but that might be what I'll need to do. If so, I'll just put the balls away to use individually for some other projects one day & perhaps start another shawl, perhaps the same one using different yarns, or perhaps I'll start working on a pair of socks.  Hmmm ... just remembered that I need to make something for a knitting exchange!  Does anyone else hear David Bowie singing "Ex-ch-ch-ch-changes?"       


Ewa said...

Your finishing looks gorgeous! I think anyone would be honored to receive those pieces.

I recently dove head-first into knitting. It's going pretty well, but sometimes I fudge things up and have to start over. Now I know that I have to "tink" often. Not to be confused with tinkle, I suppose.

Vickie said...

You gave great gifts Shirlee. Happy Fourth!

bettyj said...

Your pieces were beautiful. I always have to check out your catchy titles. You are so funny. Have a great day!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Well, I didn't have that song (or that version of it) going through my head - until now. Thanks a bunch. :0 Wonderful RAK's you stitched up! I bet Paula loved that Eiffel Tower one....so sweet to have found something for approprié for her. Sorry to hear of the "potential" issues with the shawl. I wince at the thought.... Happy, Happy, 4th! Hope all is well.....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Janet P said...

Happy 4th July!! It's maddening when the colours are wrong when you are tinking, especially when you were so careful when buying the wool. I've just finished 1 exchange, and like you just starting another. Hectic but great fun. x

Mouse said...

thank you sooooo much again for my beautiful pin pillow :)
hope the balls of wool turn out ok .... I call my furbaby little tink ...lol
and mmmmmm like a lot of david bowie songs :) love mouse xxxx

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Beautiful RAK's ~ I'm sure their going to Love them!!!
Bummer about the yarn ~ but do hope it works out ~ nothing worse than ripping it all out.
Your to funny on your 4th of July decorating (last post) ~ hopefully next year you'll be in your new home.
Happy 4th to you and yours!
Wishing you a fun filled day!
Prim Blessings

marly said...

Tink! Never knew that but I always expect to learn something from you. You did a fabulous job finishing your generous RAK's. Perfect edges!

Chris said...

Wonderful finishes Shirlee! I know that they will be treasured in their new homes.
Sorry to hear about the color problem with the shawl.
Happy Thursday!

Sally said...

Both the RAKs you stitched are lovely Shirlee. I just know that the recipients will treasure them.

I hope the yarn colour is OK. That would be a real bummer.

I'm just waiting for some yarn to be delivered. I ordered some aran in a sale to knit an afghan:)

Carol said...

Such pretty RAKs, Shirlee! I need to stitch that Paris one for my sister some day--she just spent her 30th anniversary there in April :)

Sure hope the yarn works out--hopefully it will all blend in together when you're all done. Have never heard the word tink before (I guess because I know nothing about knitting!)...

Mindi said...

Lovely RAKs you sent out, the finishing details are adorable.

Hazel said...

Your finishes are perfect! I do hope your yarn turns out okay. There is nothing worse than that. x

belle said...

Your finishes are lovely!

Anne said...

Oooh! Love the Paris Pin cushion!!! I love that blue so much! How perfect for Paula! Also love that cushion you made for mouse. It's so sweet!