We are almost at the end of January so time to report on my SFS for this month as well as show my finishes, WIPs etc. There are 130 of us taking part in Mel's SFS 2014 and we each have an allowance of $25 a month but I am only going to use that for fabric, threads and finishing items if I need them.
So if you will just bare with me for a paragraph or two I'll show my finishes etc further down.
I have had three starts from my stash this month so far. I started both Snowflower Diaries Angela and Lone Elm Lane Snow Angel on New Years Day and then Little House Needleworks Little Sheep Virtues Kindness. I haven't stitched on Angela since my first few stitches but hope to get back to her soon. I'm a bit disappointed that it's only 3 new starts from my stash but there are a few days left yet to start more lol.
I have worked on several WiPs this month and actually finished 3 of those WIPs as well as finishing one of my stitch from stash starts.
As for buying stash I have been very good. I haven't bought any charts, fabric or thread other than my autos which don't count. I have, however, bought a bag of stuffing at a cost of £7.99.
Admittedly I was desperate to buy myself some stash on the first anniversary of my Dad's passing but I thought it's not going to make me feel any better and I'll just feel a failure as, even though we have an allowance each month, I don't want to buy new charts when I have all these in my stash.
So that's my round up for January's SFS. Onto my finishes now!
Tuesday was my dear friend Chris' birthday and here is what I stitched for her.
Nebby Needle True Friend
36 count flax linen
Birthday Gift for Chris.
I am happy to say that Chris loves it :)
Last Friday I popped the last stitches into my one of my SALs with Barb. This is Jardin Prive La Pensee Positive which I'm sure you will have seen on many blogs of late. I just love the words on this. I plan on getting a hanger from Sew and So later in the year when I'm need of something else! Barb and I will be starting The Little Stitcher 12 Days of Christmas this Friday :)
Jardin Prive La Pensee Positive
32 count white fabric
Started 20th September 2013
Finished 17th January 2014
Monday evening and another SAL with Barb saw me finishing this one. Ignore the year on this. My mind went into 2013 overdrive!
Little House Needleworks Little Sheep Virtues Kindess
32 count vintage country mocha linen
We'll be starting Gratitude next week :)
Next finish is my December SAL with Chris. Yes at long last I have finished! I just love this piece!
Country Cottage Needleworks Silent Night
32 count linen unknown colour
Started1st December 2013
Finished 21st January 2014
Final finish, which means all 4 that I hoped to get finished are done, is this one! I actually stayed up last night until gone 11pm to finish this! However had Abi and I not been standing at the landing window watching to see where the firemen were earlier on in the evening I wouldn't have had to stay up later! Apparently someone a couple of doors down had accidentally severed an internal gas pipe. Hmmmm could have been very nasty.
Little House Needleworks Song of the Seasons
36 count WDW Straw linen
Started 8th July 2013
Finished 22nd January 2014.
So that's almost all my WiPs finished. What shall I do now? Of course Snowflower Diaries Angela will be getting some attention and I'll be carrying on with Snow Angel. I want something to replace Song of the Seasons in the parlour at Needlecraft Haven so I'm thinking of starting LHN The North Wind but I will have to change the robin for a British robin! I am also hoping to bet back to the Garden Journal series.
I joined in the monthly challenge at Needlecraft Haven and Christine chose The Little Stitcher Sheep Day to stitch for January. It's stitched but I have to make it up yet and have no ideas! Can't show it until reveal day and I hope I get it done before then.
Knitting now. Unfortunately I had to take back the block I was knitting right to the beginning of the pattern. It just would not go right and I was getting ready to scrap the whole thing and sell my wool! Anyway I set off again and managed to knit 20 rows without a problem so took it to craft group and knitted about 26!
So that's all I have to show for now and I'll, hopefully, be back next week with WiPs to show and a finish that I can't show just yet. I'm feeling really pleased at getting those finishes done before the end of January. Tonight is Snow Angel with Shirlee and I am hoping for no frogs this week! I need to be stitching on winter designs seen as we still don't have snow here. We had a couple of lovely frosty mornings this week but that was it.
Until next time take care everyone.
With much love