Kincavel Krosses January Sale!


January SaleFor those of you who don’t already know, I design cross stitch and blackwork charts and showcase them over at my Kincavel Krosses blog. And as it’s a new year and everyone is enjoying the January sales…

It’s the new year and stitchers everywhere will be looking forward to some post festivity relaxation time, hopefully with a project or two on the go. Well, at Kincavel Krosses, we like to enable stitchers to do that so that means SALE TIME!

Anyone who emails me between 00.01 Saturday 4th January and 23.59 Friday 31st January (GMT), can have any one of my designs that are for sale for just £2.00 (instead of £3.50 each) . There is no upper limit to the amount of designs you can purchase, so if you really want to, you can take advantage of this sale to stock up on all the available charts for sale. *

Just email me at lady.kell.smurthwaite@gmail.com with the heading “January Sale” with your choice of chart(s) and I will send you a Paypal invoice for the total amount, I will then email you the charts once payment is confirmed.

Choose your charts from the ones listed HERE.

Thank you in advance!
Kell @ Kincavel Krosses

*The only exemptions to this are:

  • Team Twilight multipack – they must be purchased separately at £2.00 each (which still gives you a significant discount!)
  • The two Cancer charity designs – they remain £3.50 each and all proceeds go to Cancer Research UK

Festive gifts from my five-year-old son


bell
The beautiful bell from Tadpole

Last year was the first time Tadpole got really excited about Xmas. This year is the first year he’s shown any interest in joining in any traditional fun activities associated with the season (apart from decorating the tree – he’s always enjoyed doing that with Daddy!).

First was the craft afternoon at school where he took a bauble and stuck Santa hats and glitter on it. I would have a picture, but he gave it to Mama and Pop as a gift, so it’s right at the top of their tree, under the star.

Second came a beautiful bell-shaped dough ornament decorated with a big, red “X” which was immediately hung with pride on our tree.

It is officially my all-time favourite tree decoration!

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Tadpole’s cute little snow globe

Finally, after his party last night, he stayed over at Mama and Pop’s house, and this morning he made us a gift which he insisted we open straight away. Tadpole made us a gorgeous snow globe with a snowman inside and pastel blue glitter that falls all around him. It’s now sitting right in the centre of the mantelpiece looking stunning.

I’m already having a fabulous festive season!

On a side note, I’ve begun making tree decorations for next year. I’ll reveal the first one when it’s finished, so I hope you’ll all like it!

Stitching red


I love stitching little ornaments and sachets – they look pretty and they make lovely handmade gifts for friends and family. I also adore the Quaker style and the traditional shade of red used for stitching. With all this in mind, I’ve come up with a little red design that would be perfect for a biscornu or pomander.

Download the FREE chart from my Kincavel Krosses blog HERE.

Red Biscornu stitched view

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


Our tree has actually been up and decorated for a week now, but I thought I’d take a moment to show it off. Hubby does the honors every year as I am so allergic to dust that brushing against the branches gives me a horrible rash (and we can’t have a real tree because I’m allergic to pine sap too – terribly bad luck!). He does a grand job and I’m thankful he’s been blessed with an artistic eye otherwise I’d be tempted to continue rearranging the ornaments till it was time to take the tree back down!

I love home-made ornaments, so each year I make one or two more to add to our tree. Over the last few years I’ve made cross-stitched ornaments (many of which I also designed), and this year I crocheted a couple more.

ALL DECS & TREE

MORE DECS

Spreading festive cheer…


As Tadpole is now at nursery school, he suddenly has a whole host of new friends he sees every day, and now that Christmas is fast approaching, the cards have slowly started to trickle in too. So, for the first time, Tadpole is sending cards to people from himself.

I had hoped that, although he can’t yet write his own name just yet, he might at least want to write an “X” in each card, but in the end he decided his role was a supervisory one, and personally made sure each envelope had a chocolate coin tucked inside. He also personally selected a jar of homemade jam for each of his three teachers, so he’s looking forward to handing them over too.

We’ll be doing lots of festive activities over the next week or two – Tadpole has his first Christmas concert performance tomorrow, we still have paper chains to make, and those snowflakes won’t stick themselves in the window – they need little fingers to smooth them down!

Start stitching for Christmas!


There’s still plenty of time left to stitch something for Christmas, whether it’s a gift for someone else, or to decorate your own home. Either way, here is the first of my FREE festive designs which will be released over the coming weeks.

I like to keep things simple (especially when I’m short on time!) so this is charted for a single colour. It would look very festive stitched in red on white fabric, or you could reverse it and stitch it in white on red fabric. Or do one of each!

Download the FREE chart from my Kincavel Krosses blog HERE.

Christmas Assisi Sampler - stitched view

A flurry of snowflakes


As I mentioned yesterday, each year, I like to make some festive decorations. Sometimes it’s stitched ornaments for the tree, sometimes it’s paper chain garlands and paper cut out snowflakes. This year, I thought I’d try adding some crochet to it all. This year I’m thinking of making a chain of crocheted snowflakes to drape… somewhere – I haven’t decided where they’ll go yet. That’s if I get the time to make enough of them. Perhaps I’ll just make a few to hang on the tree if time grows short.

Anyway, here’s the pattern I’ve developed for my flakes. Of course, you could use loads of different designs so that all your flakes are unique, but I fancied using the same simple design for them all and just changing the colours. Of course, I may just stick to white…

Simple Six-Pointed Crochet Snowflake
Terms:

  • Sc = single crochet
  • Ch = chain
  • Sl st = slip stitch
  • Sp = space
  • Rpt = repeat

Ch4. Join with sl st to form ring.

R1:
Ch6, sc in ring (ch5, sc – rpt till you have 6 “loops” in the central ring) sl st into first st of first ch6 to join.

R2:
In each ch5 sp: (2sc, ch5, 2sc, ch1) sl st to join.

R3:
*Sc in 1st sc, ch1. In ch5 sp (sc, ch3, sc, ch7, sc, ch3, sc) ch1, sc in last sc. Ch1*

Rpt * to * on each leg of snowflake and sl st to join. Finish off and weave in ends.

You can then stiffen your snowflakes by pinning them out on a board (use an old cereal packet) to block them, and painting them with a solution of watered-down PVA glue or, if you want to go down the natural route, use sugar water. Leave them to dry and then unpin them before stringing them all together.

If you try this pattern, I’d love it if you’d let me see your finished snowflakes!

Twinkle, twinkle, simple star


Each year I like to make a few extra decorations for our Christmas tree, or just to hang around the place. As I took up crochet this year, it was pretty much inevitable that I’d crochet some this year. As a result, I came up with this very easy pattern for some small, simple stars…

Small Five-Pointed Crochet Star

Terms:

  • Sc = single crochet
  • Ch = chain
  • Sl st = slip stitch
  • Rpt = repeat

Ch4. Join with sl st to form ring.

R1:
Ch4, sl st in ring. Rpt till you have 5 “loops)

R2:
In each ch4 loop: 2sc, ch5, 2sc. Ch1 to move to next loop. Sl st to join. Finish off and weave in ends.

You can stiffen these with a mixture of watered-down PVA glue, or with sugar water after blocking them. This will make them a little sturdier and show off their shape properly. I think I’ll be making a bunch of individual ones for our Christmas tree. I bet these would look great made with a metallic thread or yarn with a sparkly element through it.

If you make any, I hope you’ll let me see a photo of your stars!