Sunday, 2 February 2014

Needlecraft Haven Monthly Challenge

I am finally here with a post I was intent on doing days ago but things happen and you lose your enthusiasm for a little while.

So last month ( I can't believe we are into February already ) the monthly challenge on Needlecraft Haven was to stitch and finish The Little Stitcher Sheep Day. Although it was a very quick stitch I was late in the month starting it and had to rush to finish it so here it is.

Of course I had to stitch this one didn't I? I must look to see what Christine has chosen for us this month.

I have had 5 new starts since my last post and 2 finishes :)

First up  two of the new starts which are also finishes.  These are quick stitches, very sweet and my new SAL with Barb. These are Days 1 and 2 from The Little Stitcher 12 Days of Christmas.  We were going to do one a month but as they stitch up quickly we decided to just do another as we finish each one.

My other SAL with Barb is, of course,  those cute Little Sheep Virtues, and here is Gratitude which we started on Monday.  I wish we weren't coming up to this SAL ending as they have just been so lovely to stitch. 

Another finish that I have been unable to show until now is this which I stitched up as a birthday gift Mouse. I am happy to say she loves it.

M Designs Spring Garden ( from JCS March/ April 2011 )

28 count Count On Me Rose


Started 12th January 2014

Finished 21st January 2014.

Birthday gift for Mouse

New start no.4 is Cottage Garden Samplings March's Daffodils. Love this already!

Finally new start no.5 is Little House Needleworks The North Wind which I started with the ladies over at NH in the parlour. Not a lot done on it but it's a start.

I picked up Snowflower Diaries Angela again. I hadn't stitched on it since New Year's Day.

Finally on the stitching front is my SAL with Shirlee. I'm getting there with the house and I also now have a dog :) I really need to drop by Shirlee's blog to see how she's doing.

I've also been getting some knitting in. I finished the first strip on my afghan,  started the second strip and made a start on the first insertion strip.  I think I have renewed enthusiasm for this!

Just over a week ago postie brought me an envelope from The Patchwork Rabbit. When I opened it I got such a lovely surprise as someone gifted me these.

LHN Warm Winter Woollens and the threads to stitch it with . I have absolutely no idea who gifted me these so whoever you are thank you from the bottom of my heart. It really lifted my spirits. Look at the note Karla has written at the bottom lol!

I'm still doing well on Stitch from Stash. My purchase of stuffing did not count so up to my last post I had spent nothing :) So far for my next month I've spent 80 p for a skein of DMC I had run out of.

That's it for now. Until next time.

Take care everyone

With much love

Sally xxxx


Mii Stitch said...

I love your needleroll finish! Mouse must have been delighted with it :) What a wonderful gift you've received, this is so exciting not knowing who it's from!

Brigitte said...

Sally, wow, you are showing so many great starts here, And even some finsihes already. Great job.
I love the needleroll you finished for Mouse, I have to look for the copy of JCS and prepare it for stitching, too. It's so lovely. Thank you for enabling me, lol.
Stitching from stash seems to be as much fun for you as it is for me.

Vickie said...

You are doing so well! The Twelve Days of Christmas are very adorable. Your gift to Mouse is splendid.

Barb said...

Way to go Sally, some lovely starts and the needleroll is so pretty. Nice person who sent you the gift look forward to seeing that one being stitched. Well done on stitching from stash , the knitting is such a pretty colour.
See you tomorrow! Hugs

Kate said...

Lovely update Sally with great starts & finishes. What a fabulous gift to receive - look forward to seeing it when you start.
Well done on the Stitch from Stash.

Linda K's Stitching Corner said...

Way to go Sally.....I sure love that Needleroll that you is so beautiful.

Your other WIP's are looking great too.

Keep it up....

Happy Stitching
Linda K, Railroad

Jackie said...

You've done a great job with finishing Sally! Some great starts too. What a nice surprise in the mailbox! It would make my day too!

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

I love the sweet sheep ornie. I've been gazing at the Little Stitcher's 12 days...
I love all your starts and WIP's! And what a sweet gift to receive!

Carol said...

What a kind thing for a fellow stitcher to do, Sally! You are obviously a very special friend :)

Love all your stitching--you sure have had a productive month... Glad the Stitching from Stash is going so well :)

Petites xxx et Cie said...

wow, what a lovely post!

Clare - Aimetu said...

Lovely monthly challenge finish - there was a huge variety.

Good new starts too - they'll soon grow

Carin said...

Your stitching is all so beautiful done !!
What a wonderful surprise for you, enjoy stitching Warm Winter Woolens !

Linda said...

I love your updates Sally. Congrats on all the finishes. Great progress on your other projects.


Kay said...

Beautiful stitching, your home must be full of it all. I am sure Mouse did love her special gift too, hand sewn gifts are always treasured. You certainly have a special friend yourself who loves you enough to surprise you. Happy stitching.

Escargopotte bordados said...

I love your stitch ! absolutely beautiful !
the design is lovely and your have finished it to perfection !

Chris said...

Lovely update Sally! So many wonderful projects. You get so much done!
Wishing you a wonderful upcoming week!

Bianca said...

What great projects you have going! I love the fabric you're using for Angela...and of course, what a sweet little surprise :)

Catherine said...

Wow, wow and wow!! You have been stitching and finishing up a storm!! Love them all, but especially the sheep!!

Christine said...

Great stitching sally and how sweet of someone to send you an anonymous gift

Lois said...

Such lovely WIP's Sally and what a lovely surprise to receive in the post!! I love your Little Stitcher's 12 Days of Christmas stitching. So cute!

Margaret said...

Lovely stitching and knitting! Hooray for doing well on the stitch from stash too!

Andrea said...

So many lovely starts and finishes. I shall look forward to seeing many of these finished next time?!

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely stitching and finishing Sally. A gorgeous gift. Have you found out who sent it yet?

Clare - Aimetu said...

Great monthly challenge - good going on Stitch From Stash too - I think I might need stuffing soon, unless Mum has some off cuts from her quilting :)

Ellen said...

Adorable sheep ornament, love it!

Wow, so many lovely new starts, will follow your progress!

Sweet Surprise!


Julie said...

How lovely to receive an anonymous gift, what a treat.
Lovely stitching as always, its been lovely to watch you and Barb enjoying your SAL's and see how you are both getting on each week, the virtues have been lovely.

Christina said...

You always stitch such pretty needle rolls Sally. How lovely to receive such a surprise through the post. You deserve it. :0)

Michelle said...

Lovely progress Sally. I love the needleroll you did for Mouse so pretty xx

Karoline said...

Cute finishes, the needlessly is gorgeous. Your other projects are looking lovely, great progress.
What a lovely surprise!

stitcherw said...

As usual, lots of goodies to look at. LOVE the needleroll, it turned out gorgeous! The colors are so pretty.