End of Year

December 29, 2019  |  Uncategorized  |  3 Comments

It’s been a tough year and part of me will be glad to move into 2020.

I’ve found time to craft in the midst of everything, at times it’s kept me grounded as I know a lot of you will relate to.

Making little teddies is fun but fiddly so I have to be in the right frame of mind to do it.

I’m working on a little bright blue one at the moment as a gift for a friend. I’m also still knitting little mice which make handy little fun gifts.

I’ve just finished a boy mouse and I’m working on another one at the moment.

I’m still enjoying my foray into the world of Instagram under the name of cats2stitch but would like to continue with this blog as well.

I’m trying to find time to read up on how to use this new WordPress set up as I can’t just sit down and write a post quickly.

I’ll leave you with some garden photos and hope that all is well in your world as we approach the start of another new year.

Take care wherever you are and all my good wishes for the coming new year.

Much Sadness

September 15, 2019  |  Uncategorized  |  9 Comments
To live in the hearts of those you love is not to die.”

It’s hard to write this blog post even though it’s two months since Alan passed away. I’d like to try to return to the blogging world in time as I do miss it. My life has been turned upside down and nothing prepares you for this but I’m taking things a day at a time. I’ve wanted to write this for weeks now but just couldn’t find the words.

I’ve taken a small step into the Instagram world too as I think I may find that an easier way to connect sometimes. WordPress have changed their settings since my last post so I’m not sure how to add the link for this but you can find me under cats2stitch.

I hope to be back soon. Take care.

February………………………

February 11, 2013  |  Uncategorized  |  10 Comments

………………………brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again.

Or perhaps not – we’ve had such a mix of weather recently. Today is sunny, cold and dry but we’ve had quite a few flurries of snow lately.


I love a splash of colour at this time of year so I bought this little rose for the reception desk where I work.

Since my last post I’ve not been doing much in the way of stitching as I’ve been suffering from a “popping” right shoulder which is painful as is my neck.
I’ve tried to do a major adjustment on the way I stitch and how I sit to see if it will help ease the problem. I’m trying to stitch “in hand” to see if it helps and so far so good. Holding the fabric in hand has it’s drawbacks though and it will take me a while to adjust.

I’ve also changed the type of fabric I work with as the stiff Permin linen isn’t so easy to handle without a frame. This rabbit is one of a pair that I want to stitch for my kitchen wall. We’re currently painting the walls and I think they would look good on the new colour we’ve chosen.

Continuing with the rabbit theme in my knitting – I’ve been working on several trial bunnies – I wouldn’t like to tell you how many I’ve started and discarded. I’m happy now with what I’m working on and hope to knit three over the next few weeks.

The one above will be dressed but the ones below won’t. They are a trial mix of bunny and bear patterns that I haven’t reached a decision on yet.

They are worked from mohair/silk knitted double. I enjoy working with this yarn and love the depth of colour the mohair gives.

Unless this pair are sleeping, craft of any kind is a trial. No matter whether it’s knitting, stitching or sewing they run off with everything that isn’t tied down.
Not that I mind really, I love having them running round causing chaos and wouldn’t change them as they are so entertaining.

Today I’m on holiday which has been lovely. I’ve spent the morning working on a little three dimensional bird – if it works out okay then I’ll hopefully be able to share some photos next time. Till then…….take care and thanks for stopping by.

Poem for the week.

August 9, 2010  |  Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

Thanks to everyone who has left a comment over the last few days, it’s really appreciated. Being new to blogging can be very daunting and to receive lovely messages of welcome and kind comments makes it so much easier.


I’d like to share a poem to start the week.  It was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Happiness is like a butterfly

the more you chase it, the more it will elude you.

But if you turn your attention to other things,

it comes and softly sits on your shoulder.



I didn’t post “Scotland on a Saturday” this weekend as I was actually down in England visiting my sister and her family.  The photos you see are taken by the river in a town called Bedford.

Finally for today, can I say thanks to Shay for being my first ever comment on my blog – if you mail me your details then I’ll post your gift off straight away.

Choosing colours.

August 3, 2010  |  Featured Posts, Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

Am I the only person who finds it difficult to make final choices in colour. Whether it’s for a cross stitch design or knitting or canvas work – I take forever to make my final choice.

I am so conservative in my colour palette and find it hard to add in “ugly” colours or bright colours – I tend to opt for muted tones all the time.

This is the palette I have chosen to knit a fairisle scarf design in the new Rowan magazine. The wool I have chosen is a mix of wool, cashmere and microfibre.

I’m looking forward to getting started – it’s knitted on a circular needle which is something I haven’t done for years.
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