Thank you to the lovely ladies who have taken the time to write a comment or e-mail me to let me know you like the new "Consider the Lilies" free BOM design. It is always so encouraging to hear from you.
At the moment we have our two grand-daughters from Melbourne with us. They are almost 15 and just turned 13, so not hard to look after! ... and they both love craft! The younger one, Stephanie, has never knitted before, and she has now conquered knit and purl stitches. Jasmine has been knitting a teddy bear with lots of increases, decreases and casting off which she learnt quickly and has done with great aplomb. Steph made a skirt complete with pockets. Then there's the beginnings of a quilt, applique on jeans and a tile mosaic all happening. So it's been a great excuse not to do any housework and spend lots of time crafting!
I've even been able to do some of my own stitching in between all the lessons and finally finished a table topper that was begun before we moved house. I sent off a photo to an Australian magazine and it was accepted for publication later in the year and I also had another design commissioned a couple of weeks ago, so my designing is starting to get back on track again.
Now I didn't ever show you any of the Christmas presents I made, so here is a selection:
A couple of pencil cases:
And a water-bottle carrier:
This one was an ideal project to try out a new quilting stencil I bought.