I've finished two craft projects, one sewing and one knitting. I'm rubbish at sewing, but I think I might be improving slightly. I still haven't gotten brave enough to actually wear anything I've made, but once the weather gets colder I think I might actually put this on. It has the unlikely name Dress No. 2, and is from 100 Acts of Sewing.
I made this with some flannel I purchased at our local quilting store. I think it will be nice and cosy to wear this winter with leggings and a merino shirt.
Next up is my souvenir knitting from Ireland. Whenever I travel I like to buy some yarn to remind me of my trip. These are my Lambing Mitts, a free pattern from Tolt Yarn and Wool. I knit them with some Studio Donegal Aran Tweed yarn I bought in Cork at a shop called Vibes and Scribes.
This is a very simple pattern to knit, and a great introduction to mitten construction for beginner knitters. In fact, a friend of mine who is just getting started knitting is making a pair. I love how the cuff at the end of your fingers rolls down to completely cover your hand if it's super cold outside.
Finally, since I started out with something that had nothing to do with crafts, I might as well finish that way too. This past weekend I drove up to Kamloops to visit Alexandra and David. The weather was beautiful, and on the Saturday Alexandra and I hiked in Kenna Cartwright Park.
It's a terrific view from the top. You can just make out in the distance the point where the North and South Thompson Rivers join together. You can also see that my daughter's idea of what is appropriate footwear for a hike, especially given we were walking where there can be the occasional rattlesnake, is not the same as mine.