I have knitted myself a pair of gloves and I love them!

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brown 3

They don’t match…

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Which I am also very happy with.

I added some beads I have had since childhood in my sewing basket. I think I took (stole) them from my Mum’s sewing basket. I have treasured them for decades, it is about time they saw the light of day!

This is the third pair I have made. I also made two green pairs for Christmas presents for special people.


This pair I decorated with broken shells (broken ones have natural holes to sew through) and another pair I put on a sprinkling of sparkly green/clear beads.

The pattern is from Churchmouse Yarns.

I used yarn from Manos Del Uruguay which is silk/merino and is really soft and not itchy at all. Lovely.


On Saturday we (my partner, while i watched) put up out xmas decorations, some of which i made myself the first or second xmas that i was ill, in 1999 or 2000, i cannot remember now. I spent about three months making them, and gave a lot away as xmas presents. I thought seeing as i was no longer working i would make things for people instead of buying. I am amazed that they are still looking good, so i thought i would post some pictures here… The instructions for folding them i found by searching for “origami star” on the internet at the time… i have no idea what site it was anymore although i still have a print out somewhere…

Some are flat, a “throwing star” i think it was called, and i made this one from a magazine page:


others are more 3D… some are made from shiny paper, some from tracing paper and some from magazines:


I also made some from silk, on which i used fabric stiffener and ironed each fold in…


I also sewed in beads to the centre, which particularly improved the look of the fabric ones which were looser as the folds were less sharp than the paper ones… i also added beads to some paper ones, using metal pins used to make earrings to make them stand out of the centre…


I also made a huge silk throwing star for the top of the tree:


So, Merry Christmas!!