14 Dec 2012

Exchanges part 1

Hello...remember me?

I had agreed a while ago to do 6 christmas exchanges and assumed rather naively that I would have time to do this.

What I didnt count on was spending November writing my first ever novel, or at least the first draft of it at 50k words, and I never had as much time as I had hoped.

The novel is a crime thriller/murder mystery and is something completely unexpected. It is written from the viewpoint of two of the characters, they are linked in some way (no spoliers!) and the story begins after an event, her narrative tells of what happened before the event and his from the event moving forward. I hope it has a lot of surprises and twists and keeps the readers attention but I'm not sure just yet.

I did stitch ornaments for my exchanges, and I liked how they turned out but I also feel immense guilt for not making them all different designs, I hope that the recipients did not mind as it was a pattern that I really liked. The guilt was too much and I knitted each a stocking too. So if you have yet to receive yours then I apologise for the reveal. I have two left to receive but the four I have are all so different and gorgeous. As the pictures will show.

It is the first year that I have done christmas exchanges and the first year I have written a novel and so at least I know for next year. It has also meant that I havent been able to read and comment on as many blogs as I would have liked, but that is going to change (a new years resolution!) and so without any more rambling, here are some pics of what I sent to the recipients;










I apologise for the pictures....






Up next...




 And then...




I have another one too but need some better pictures and another picture of the above as well.

I hope I have redeemed myself a little bit....? But here are some pictures of the Geisha I finished in March! I finally have it framed.



16 comments:

  1. Kate,
    A crime,murder,mystery novel? You have been very busy. Your ornaments that you received are beautiful.

    The ornaments you have stitched are gorgeous and what an awesome idea adding a knitted Stocking!

    The Geisha is beautiful in that frame.

    Merry Christmas!

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  2. beautiful ornament..i love them so much..
    the geisha is so cuteeeeeeeeeee
    love for you x

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    1. Thanks Cucki, I was pleased with how it turned out.

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  3. I love mine Kate and the little stocking is so cute -both hanging proudly on my tree now. Sent off yours last week so hope you get it soon!

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  4. The ornaments look great! You got a lot of work done considering!

    BTW, head over to Joysze's...she's got Richard Armitage eye-candy!!

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    1. I had a look at Joyszes, I can take or leave him...lol! because he is constantly calling me!

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  5. Lovely ornies Kate! And good for you for starting your first novel! That's something I need to get around to doing. The framing on your geisha is great! Happy Holidays! :)

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    1. Thank valerie, it will be my focus in January...along with everything else! I have posted a xmas serial on my other blog if you need some light relief. Happy Holidays to you too!

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  6. Love your ornaments! What lucky exchange partners! And your geisha is so beautiful! :) Merry Christmas too!

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    1. Merry Christmas Anne, thank you for your kind words.

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  7. How cool - 2 hand made ornies! I didn't know you knitted the little stocking also. I love them both and will be extra sure to keep the stocking away from the dogs.

    The geisha looks fantastic framed. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you Marcy :) I loved mine too!

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  8. Wow Kate! That book sounds right up my alley! Let us know when it will be published and I'm going to buy it!!!! Gorgeous exchanges my dear! you are very talented!! The Geisha girl is beautiful in that frame!!

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    1. Thanks Anne, I will be sure to keep you posted :) I was pleased with the framing, I had a painting framed at the same place a few years ago and they had done such a great job.

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