January really lends itself to crafting. Here in Kansas, it's cold, windy and the days seem short; curling up on the couch under a quilt with a little crafting project is the perfect antidote.
This month, I've worked on a lot of different projects; but I'll just show some of the things that are finished, or finished part of ongoing projects.
My mom gave me this book for Christmas. I've had a lot of fun doodling or "tangling" on lightweight coasters...
...and then hole punching them and sliding them on a big ring.
The author of the book started making zentangles while waiting at doctor appointments. She found it relaxing and helped her stress level when dealing with ongoing medical problems. I'm not surprised, there is something meditative about simple repetitive motions.
Speaking of simple repetitive motions, knitting is one of my favorites. My sister in law gave me this beautiful skein of specialty yarn from Interlaken NY. It's from a series called "Memorable Women" and this color is Dian Fossey, of Gorillas in the Mist fame.
(The short white fibers are not part of Dian Fossey, they're part of Buddy, who seems to be shedding enough that he could come up with his own line of yarn, too.)
I knit a shawlette- a shorter shawl meant for spring/summer.
The bind off on this pattern was fun- cast on two, bind off four, and you get this little ruffled edge.
I'm loving the journal Karla made me for Christmas. I've never worked in such a pretty and BIG journal.
I just love the French net lace and velvet edging.
For my first page, I went back to playing with one of my old favorites, vintage wallpaper. I don't really like the "Use the Good Stuff" medallion, but I figure that's ok- I can go back and cover it with a version I like better, later.
I just want to keep it there to remind me that even though my journal is just for me, I should still use good materials.
Another wallpaper page.
And this page is a collage of one of my favorite color combinations: red, light blue and cream.
January was a long month, but doses of crafting made the days go faster. I've got a lot planned for February, mostly finishing up things that were started in 2014 (or earlier).