1.11.2012

Something New

In my New Year's wishes post, I deliberately kept "learn something new" open ended and vague. Why? Because in the past, when I resolved to learn how to play the guitar, learn how to quilt, learn how to bake a pie, etc, etc...my procrastination tendencies kicked in and by the end of the year, I was left with a failed resolution and disappointment in myself for not taking even the smallest steps towards completing my goal. So this year, the pressure is off and I have given myself complete freedom to learn SOMETHING! ANYTHING! How can I possibly fail, right?

Yesterday, I taught myself something that has made me ridiculously happy: how to cross stitch on knitted stockinette fabric! Dramatic and life changing it's not, but my hexipuffs will never be the same for it.

redwork heart hexipuff

The hardest part will be choosing from among the motifs in this book. Lots of wonderful embroidery and cross stitch ideas with charts for all of the motifs can be found within its pages.


In other WIP news, I am almost finished with my youngest niece's fingerless mitts. These were meant to be one of her Christmas presents, but now will make a nice little handmade Valentine's Day gift. Can't wait to get this final holiday gift project off the needles!



As always, check out all the great knitting and crochet on display at WIP Wednesday with TAMI'S AMIS.

12 comments:

  1. Ooh, love the hexipuff! I treat myaelf to that book a few months ago, it's so full of inspiration!

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  2. The hexipuff is adorable! Congratulations on learning a new skill. I really want to learn how to cross stitch/embroider, too -- maybe that book will help me!

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  3. I love the heart on the hexipuff! I'm going to have to try that technique. Thank you for the idea!

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  4. Wow, that stitching looks so amazing!

    Learning new skills is on my list of crafting goals, and I'm working on colourwork for the first time!

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  5. Love the stitching! I got so many ideas for hats and monsters just looking at that! Need to find that book! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. Cute! Interesting technique.

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  7. our puffs are putting me to shame. They're so perfect! Love the cross stitch idea, and have got to spend some time looking into different motifs -- they're too awesome to ignore!

    ps. I wish there was an edit function on these comments to correct typos. :)

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  8. Love it! I know what you mean about becoming over resolved (is that a real phrase?). I love cross stitch but can never manage to be patient enough to do it!

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  9. Applause .. your cross stitch is so lovely!

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  10. That is seriously the cutest puff I have ever seen. Inspirational really.

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  11. I love the fingerless mitts, and your redwork hexipuff. Good job getting such an early start on your goal of learning something new!

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  12. Your hexipuffs are the best!!! Can't wait to se ( and get inspired by) more!!!

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