Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wales, the Lake District, a finish or two and some progress

Please read the disclaimer at end of the post........!

I'm not even going to attempt the National Blogging Month challenge, that would be pretty daft, don't you think?  Posting once a month just doesn't hack it.  However, today is the 3rd November and my last post was only four days ago!  In order to jumpstart the whole process, basically what I'm going to do is publish a post and immediately get on with writing the next one, nifty idea, don't you agree?  Of course, where housecleaning, shopping, walking, meals, church, taking care of the WT and stitching comes in all this I have no idea.

Anyway, since the last witterings were about travel far away, let's come a bit closer to home this time, Wales and the Lake District,along with some finishes, some decisions and some progress.  Gosh, it's all go and you just can't wait, can you?

Are you sitting comfortably, children?

A good stitching buddy, Kath, posted on her blog that she had some charts for sale.  Very sensibly, she put a time limit of availability on them so I wandered over for a quick look.  Ooh, Plum Street and CCN, hmmm, a few days later I was the new owner of Favourite Font Sampler and Ladybugs and Butterflies.  Both have gone on my Crazy January Challenge 2012 and this bring me to the decisions.  I have put up a separate page for CCJC 2012 because, dears, I am bound and determined to do better this year.  Well, honestly, I could hardly do worse, could I? Though I might have a tiny finish for this year soon, stayed tuned!

Finishes?  Well, a bit of a cheat here as I can only show one in full as nearly all of them are leaving the barn for an exchange, a couple of RAKs, and an angel stitch.

This was what I sent to Maureen as part of the Friendly Stitchers needlebook exchange, I had to confess to Maureen that the thistle and initials should have been on the back inside the frame.....
Maureen sent me this one, the count was quite small and it is lovely.  Thanks, Maureen!

Ha, see, today is the 21st so I can show the angel stitch at least as Jo finally got her biscornu as part of the Summer Sensations biscornu exchange.  Sadly, her partner defaulted on not just one but TWO exchanges on Friendly Stitchers having received two lovely pieces from her partners. Luckily this is a rare occurrence on the group, we have  wonderfully dedicated stitchers who LOVE to surprise and delight their partners!

 I used a pattern designed by my friend, Mouse, which is now on general release in the group.  The colours were MUCH brighter than I usually use and apparently Jo's daughter, Miss D,  rather fell in love with it!
from Gillie to Jo

Last weekend, Remembrance Sunday here in the UK, and Muggins decided (on Saturday) to stitch a poppy, make it into a little ornament and wear it around her neck for church.  It turned out really well and I got some compliments but the last stitches were being put in at 8:30 am and the service was at 10!  I found the pattern here on Kell's blog.  Thanks, Kell!

My Remembrance Day necklace

Okay, I know, today is 3rd DECEMBER, what is the fool talking about, well, all I can say is, time goes with the speed of light here at the barn and somebody moved onto another month without letting me know.  I thought, darn, I am NOT wasting these words and so  here you are, enjoy, lol!  As the sharper amongst you will observe, there are NO pictures of Wales, the Lake District or indeed of any progress but fear not, dear hearts, I will be back, God willing and the creek don't rise, sometime  before 2012!

Thanks for reading this far and please, somebody comment before I sink into a deep depression!