Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Wee Giveaway & Finishes

Oops it has been a while since my last post so this may be picture heavy. I haven't really been in the mood to blog then last week was quite a busy one.

On Monday last week I helped my friend Gill with her first open day for her wool business. She had asked me a while ago if I would help out and I was happy to. It was a brilliant day and I enjoyed it. Of course I could not resist buying a hank of lovely wool and a pattern. Tuesday morning was my usual craft group morning then Wednesday I hopped on the bus to see Chris for the day which was brilliant as we hadn't seen each other since my birthday last December.  We had a lovely day chatting and stitching. Thursday Gill came up to see me and we spent the morning chatting. No crafting done but it's lovely to just sit and chat.

Since I last blogged I've had some finishes. You know what they say about buses, you wait ages for one then several turn up, well it seems to be the same for me and finishes! 

This is the first one.

Country Cottage Needleworks The Needlework Shop

30 count R & R Irish Creme Linen


Started 9th April 2014

Finished 9th July 2014

Thank you Mouse for the loan of the charts :)

Next finish is my SAL with Shirlee. I must reply to your email Shirlee.  I have been so lax of late.

Little House Needleworks Warm Winter Woolens

35 count WDW Straw Linen


Started 8th May 2014

Finished 10th July 2014

SAL with Shirlee.

Final finish is this one. There hasn't been one of these that I haven't loved.

Cottage Garden Samplings My Garden Journal May's Lily of the Valley

40 count pearl grey linen


Started 18th May 2014

Finished 13th July 2014

Last Tuesday was my dear friend Karan's birthday and I stitched this little beauty for her. It is a Jane Greenoff Tiny Linen Pinkeeps Dutch Sampler. Karan loves it so I'm a happy stitcher.

I won this chart in a giveaway June had so would now like to pass it on so if you would like to win it please say so in your comments and I'll pick a winner next week :)

I have almost finished Brightneedle Lo How A Rose.  The wording is done so just have the rest of the flowers to stitch. This design is so pretty.

As you may know Lois very kindly sent me the book with the chart in so I decided to stitch a little something as a thank you. I like to do this when people lend me chart etc and even though it may take me a while I do get around to it eventually. So this is what I sent her and I'm so pleased that she loves it.

Shakespeare's Peddler Jenny Bean's Pin Tuffet

36 count fabric


Started 31st May 2014

Finished 10th June 2014

So not many WIPs now until I have some new starts. Only other ones I have are the CCN Frosty Forest series so here's my progress on Snowman's  Cottage.

My lovely friend Barb is feeling a little better so is back stitching with me so Friday we did a little on Day 9 of The Little Stitcher 12 Days of Christmas.

Do you remember this WIP?

It is JBW Designs Our Family. Julie very kindly sent me ages ago and I started it but it turned into a UFO. I decided it was time to pick it up again and get it finished.

A while ago I purchased some wool and a pattern from my dear friend Gill.  I started knitting it a while ago but not very often so I haven't done much but this is where I am at. It is knitted sideways which is new to me but it is going OK so far! This photo doesn't show the true colour though.

My big news of this post is that at the beginning of July Jess  got her results  from uni and obtained a 2.1 Batchelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English.  Yesterday was her graduation ceremony at Hull City Hall so off we went for a proud parents / sister day :). She didn't really want to attend but we said it was a celebration of her hard work so she agreed to go. We don't have the official photo as yet as we have to order it but I have a few that we took. It was a lovely day and we all shed a few tears when we first saw her in her robes and then again when she went to receive her degree.
 Jess and Abi
 Jess and Me
 Jess, her Dad and me
 Spot the redhead!
Actress Sheridan Smith became an honorary doctor

I will be back next week I would think for my Stitch From Stash report!

Until next time.

Take care everyone.

With much love

Sally xxx


Sue said...

I have been looking for the Bright Needle design to no avail. It is OOP. Actually BN is no longer designing.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Congrats to your daughter!! And such pretty stitching. My favorites are the Warm Winter Woolens and the Frosty Forest Series. I haven't caved in and bought the Frosty Forest patterns yet, but they sure are tempting!!


Anne said...

Congrats to Jess on her graduating!! What lovely photos of all of you and she will be glad there was a bit of a celebration in years to come. Beautiful finishes Sally and I love the Jenny Bean pin tuffet you made. It's perfect! Hugs!

gracie said...

As I was reading and looking, I said I like this... at every picture! I would love to be next to stitch and pass that design on....congratulations to Jess....love the hair!

Beth said...

Congrats to Jess! Well done! Ironically in my genealogy research I have a branch that hangs out in Hull during the 18th and 19th centuries. You have several wonderful finishes - And low how a rose, the Cottage Garden, and Warm Woolen. I'll bet you are admiring them all!

cucki said...

Your stitching is so beautiful my dear...and I love the knitting too..it's a very lovely pattern...
Congrats to sweet Jess with big hugs xxx

Linda said...

I so love your updates Sally. Another great one. Wow! Congrats on all the great finishes. And congrats to Jess. Lovely progress on your other pieces.


Bianca said...

I love picture heavy posts! It's so fun to drool over all the stitchy stuff. Congratulations on your daughter's graduation. I would love to have my name thrown in for the chart :)

Kathy Ellen said...

What a fabulous post, Sally! You have so many wonderful finishes! It is difficult to decide which of them is my favorite one.

The Needlework Shop is so darling, and I especially love the Jenny Bean's Pin Tuffet Tin finish for Lois. She must have been thrilled to receive it. Beautiful knitting project too...love the shade of blue even though you say that the photo doesn't depict the actual color.

Congratulations to Jess upon receiving her Baccalaureate Degree. Great photos of her, your other daughter and you and your husband. Love that red hair! We have a redhaired daughter and son, but their hair is more copper color and curly.

Thank you for sharing so many wonderful things, Sally.


Margaret said...

All of your stitching is lovely! And congratulations to Jess! What a big accomplishment! Love seeing the pics!

Ellen said...

Gorgeous finishes, love them! I love the new CCN Frosty Forest series too, your progress is so pretty!

I am still stitching but not blogging much. My blog has not been updated for quite a while ha ha!


Blu said...

So many lovely finishes and WIPs!

Jackie said...

You've been busy! Lovely finishes all of them. You've done a WONDERFUL job on the finishing. I really love the rusching you did. Very nice!

Congrats to Jess on her awesome accomplishment!

Brigitte said...

Wow, there was a lot od stitching going on at your place. Very lovely finishes and great little gifts that you made.
Congratulations to your daughter on her graduation. It's always a lot of work to get there. You must be so proud of her.

Barb said...

Hello Sally my dear, haven't you been so busy , again congratulations to Jess and don't you all look a lovely family.The finishes are so lovely and Lo a Rose is one I am so desperate to stitch at some point. Look forward to seeing what you stitch in the parlour tonight and I shall see you Friday for the 12 days. Hugs.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

My goodness such gorgeous lovely work! Top to bottom!! And a huge congratulations to your daughter on all her accomplishments!!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congrats to Jess on her graduation!!!!

What a lot of wonderful stitching!

I'd love to be entered in the giveaway for that travelling pattern!

Penny said...

Wonderful finishes, Sally! That little Needlework Shop is cute. You did a lovely job on the gifts you made. I'm sure the recipients were very pleased. :) Congratulations to your daughter!! Quite an accomplishment ~ and I love the red hair. :)

Christine said...

Great stitching and finishes Sally.
Congratulations to Jess

cucki said...

My dear please count my name for the chart too :)
Huge thank you x

Vickie said...

Congratulations to Jess! And you! :)
My! You have been busy. What gorgeous gifts you have made up and given. :)

Angela P said...

So many lovely finishes and WIP's but my favorite is the Needlework Shop finish. Congrats to your Daughter too!

Michelle said...

Beautiful finishes Sally thank you for sharing them xx

butterfly said...

Wonderful post and stitching , you have been so
busy .
Congrats to Jess , lovely family photos.
Wishing you a happy weekend .

Andrea said...

Congratulations to Jess. I think she would of regreted not going in time. It looks like you had a fabulous day. A wonderful post full of beautiful finishes, in progress pieces and gifts.
Have a good weekend.

Bekca said...

Hi Sally, thanks for popping by and leaving a lovely comment on my blog. Big congrats to your daughter! I'm hoping to share my own pictures of graduation later on in the year :) Great finish on the Needlework Shop, it's such a sweet design.
Best wishes.

Sheryl S. said...

What a lot of work done, I love the Warm Winter Woolens

Carol said...

What a lovely day for your daughter, Sally!! So glad you convinced her to attend the ceremony--it is something every parent is so proud to witness :) Congratulations to her and best of luck to here in the future!

Love seeing all of your finishes--your work is always lovely!

Julie said...

Huge congrats to Jess, good luck to her in her future career.
Lots of time spent with friends, that's good to read, and lots of nice stitching happening too.

barbara woods said...

congrats to Jess, great stitching on your projects

Hazel said...

Congrats to jess! Stunning finished and please count my name in for the chart though I think I might be too late 😔