Barring losing both my jobs, I will never catch up with the LHN ornaments. I'm not even finished Cardinals' Winter, I just got the envelope with the second one for the year, and Diane has posted the third one on her blog. What is a girl to do?
She gives a good little demonstration of how she does her French knots on the same post. This is actually the way I make mine after many years of trial and error, including what I like to refer to as my "let's tie a knot in the thread on top, pull it back through and tie it off in the back, no one will know the difference" period, during a time in college when I was rocking miniskirt suits and belly shirts, altogether a time of poor judgement. Anywho, my French knots turn out right 99% of the time with this method, so if you're a bit shaky when it comes to your knotting "skillz", check it out.
Like I said, I'm still plugging away at Cardinal's Winter. I think I can get it done by the end of the day, but I'm not holding my breath. I got the Anchor Marlitt I ordered for Icy from Sewandso in the mail yesterday. I feel a lot better knowing it's here, in my posession, since it was not easy to find. I'd like to get the entire project done by the month, but, since I'm only working on it when I have long stretches of uninterrupted time, it's hard to say that's possible. But it does move fairly quickly when I have the time to work on it. I am starting to think about what kind of frame I want on it, what kind of mats (this needs mats, definitely), so I know it's getting there.