I just had to share some of the fun I've been having to celebrate the big birthday. I organized a small knitting retreat as my bestie from the States was coming to visit and I had a lot of fun planning surprises.
There were 7 of us in total and a cook (one of the lady's husbands and master of wool dyeing volunteered) so I had 8 surprises to make.
I knitted up a pair of warm socks (on the sneak) for our cook... and a special tote to put them in with some chocolates of course!
With the special Dye Masters tote complete, I was left to make 7 goodie bags for the rest of us knitters. I made the bags (a new design to be released at a later date) with an embroidery of a special knittery saying and a ball of yarn with needles - this I embroidered onto the pockets before constructing the bags.
That took some time as the embroidery designing is rather new to me and quite a learning curve but I hope to transform that into a lesson at some point to add to Free Software for Quilters - it is such an interesting topic and you can learn it all with the free Software I use in this workshop! Do let me know if you're interested.
I think the most fun was had when I made a false bottom in the bag to hide a box of chocolates!
The cords were made using the finger cord technique.
If you haven't tried it you must. It is so easy. I learned from Charles Gandy who has a youtube video: Finger Cords. I actually taught my granddaughter to make them and she enjoyed it so much that she went around making finger cords out of anything she could find..... thread to thick yarn, string included and pieces as short as a few inches to several meters long.
I also made tissue holders and added other goodies to the project bags.
Dreamfire yarns donated a sock set especially for the weekend and my friend Sue from the States made everyone a notion bag too.
What a fun birthday I had!