Last Thursday I attended a stitching/embroidery café for the first time. The meeting was improvised by blogger Elin and has quickly gathered an enthusiatic crowd of people, who have perhaps felt a little left out by all the knitting cafés going on around Sweden.
I brought a small project along, a little square in red wool/cotton. My plan was to do a little doodle-like picture inspired by a Japanese stitching book I recently bought. But I can't say that I was particularly happy with the result. It's been such a long time since I used a thread and needle, the stitches were all uneven and sort of insecure.
I suppose I need to practice more.
In other news, Sticka! is holding a wonderful knitalong this holiday! Hop on over to their blog and read about Stjärnhop, the two-colour shawl inspired by Pinneguri's Mrs Barista shawl. And with Google translator it looks like this.
Since I can't really show you the Christmas gifts I'm working on, here is the beginnings of Spiral legwarmers for myself. Using one skein Morjärv 2ply and one Drops' alpaca I think these will be snuggly warm. I am just a little bit worried I don't have enough of the Morjärv yarn, so I'm constantly weighting that skein to see how much I've used.
I also just finished Ella's headband from Interweave Crochet's Accessories issue. It took only one day, a very easy project. All it needs now is elastic and I can send it off to one lucky recipient. I used a size 3mm hook with Drops Muskat in a really pale pink shade.