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It's amazing what a little time in the afternoon can do! I'm pretty good at working on tedious things, depsite distractions, but it's a real help to have some good quiet time this time of year. "A certain someone," as we call her, isn't taking consistent naps these days. When she does, we work like elves or bees or something to tackle all the focused tasks we can. This might be tangrams or trains or rose windows. It's getting close to Christmas now and time to really stay the course until the big day(s).

Window Star 1

I love this window star--I didn't think it would be a nice color combination, but it is!

Window Star 2

And here are two more, the very simplest.  I want the one Susan has.

Window Star 3

And here are my first efforts at Rose Windows.

Rose Window 1

They're not perfect, but they are so pretty, it matters little.

Rose Window 2

The light wanes quickly these days, so here are some pictures by the lamp.
This is Willow's owl hat, with the eyes waiting to be sewn on.

Owl Hat

And here's the top of her Christmas dress.  The Wizard does not do machine basting to suit me, so I'm doing the gathering stitches slowly by hand.  And I have to sew on days it's above forty outside.

Christmas Dress

I'm also working on a Baby Surprise Bonnet for Roan (more like a balaclava) and that never ending Bad Hombre Poncho. I have lost the crochet hook for it twice, and have been a little glad for the break. I've just got the assembly and blocking to go.

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( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )
Dec. 13th, 2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
Our Children love making window stars. One year tgey made massive ones! Your owl hat is adorable. Well done.


Dec. 14th, 2016 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I would love to make a big window star, but I'm a little intimidated. :-)
Dec. 14th, 2016 03:15 am (UTC)
Lovely stars! How do you put them on the window?

The hat looks great! Do you have enough yarn left for mittens?
Dec. 14th, 2016 01:00 pm (UTC)
You can use tape or a glue stick. A glue stick is really indispensable when you are making them. I tried small drops of regular glue and it made the paper ripple.

I don't think I do. I was looking to see if I had more pink, but I don't. I've got less than one ball left. I did my top shape less aggressively than the pattern suggested, with a knit row in between.
Dec. 14th, 2016 11:42 pm (UTC)
Those window transparencies are absolutely beautiful. I love the rose windows particularly. Did you find the pattern in a book you can recommend. My girls have made a few window stars, but I fancy having a go myself. They are so gorgeous how they let the light through, like stained glass windows. Well done! And I love the owl hat. My youngest actually asked for an owl hat after I made her owlet sweater...it's a thought! I am sure your daughter will be delighted with these thoughtful presents Best Wishes Anna
Dec. 15th, 2016 11:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! The book I used is called Christmas In the Family and is published by Floris Books. They have books specifically on Rose Windows and Window Stars, but this book is so good! I was thinking of you and your owlet sweater as I worked on the hat. :-)
Dec. 15th, 2016 09:26 am (UTC)
We love making window stars here too, your rose windows are beautiful, will have to show my girls. Helen @ http://brighterbeginningschildminding.blogspot.co.uk/
Dec. 15th, 2016 11:05 am (UTC)
Thank you!
( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )

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