Cross stitch is my first love. It was the first craft my grandmother taught me. She would get out the gingham print material and floss. She would show me how to create the giant X within the colored or white square to make my name or pattern she made up.
I have graduated to other projects since then. Many family items have been made; cross stitch initials and these stockings for my husband and myself. Each of my children and their spouses have a similar style.
I have become particular in my choice of projects. A challenge is what I usually look for now.
Lately my head has been turning back to this craft. I have a couple projects that need finishing and it may be time to take them on. I will let you know.
Here is something you can do with sweaters that you are not wearing anymore. I decided to make these mittens from older work sweaters with a logo for a more personalized mitten. If you like the logo mitten, make sure the stitching is large enough to fit where you want it to.
I found a great Youtube video by LifeHacker. The demonstrator not only does a great job explaining how-to, she gives you a PDF file pattern for S, M and L mitten sizes to download.
You cut four sets of mittens for each project. Two are from sweater material and the other two are from fleece; two for each hand. Then the fleece mitten fits inside the sweater mitten and the sweater sleeve cuff connects the sets at the bottom and is turned up.
I added suede to the palms of the set on the right for driving stick. You will need to stitch the suede on to the sweater piece before assembling the mitten.