Most of my crafting time since my last post has been spent in frogging everything I attempt. Very frustrating. So I have some knitting in the works that should have been finished long ago, but not when I can't make any valid forward progress!
I really never stitch for the Jewish Holidays. Frankly, what small ornament patterns exist for this are so uninteresting that I'm never tempted and I don't do larger pieces much anyway. But when I saw this Shepherd's Bush Chanukah piece, I was intrigued and thought I'd stitch it up. Who would have expected a Chanukah design on that site! I was still mad at myself for not being able to crochet my favorite trim in black for the Mary Gary Halloween ornament. So I gave it one more try for this one. This thread seemed to have a little more heft so it went much more smoothly this time.
The design is a bit busy, but I thought the idea of doing a Chanukah-related word for each letter of December was pretty clever. The 'B' for bulbs was a bit of a stretch, but I couldn't think of anything better so I went with it. I know Chanukah starts unusually early in November this year, but with eight days, it will slide into December as usual. I substituted little buttons for the dreidel button they had at the top.
Taking a break from that knitting, I decided to stitch a little French design that caught my eye. This is a free sample from a magazine and I believe the designer is Perrette Samouïloff. You can get the freebie here. She's such a perfect little French girl with her kitty. It's stitched on what I thought was 32 count lambswool Jobelan, but it came out larger than expected so maybe it was 28 count. Whatever.. goes with all the other mistakes I've been making. I turned it into a cell phone case for WOCS. These are photos before I added a button on the back.