In with the new.

January 2, 2013  |  Featured Posts

I hope everyone has had a good start to 2013 so far. I find this time of year for me is a time to look forward – I never look back over the last year as many people like to do.
I also don’t set goals for the year, I like to set goals for each week/month instead. I find it easier to achieve what I want to do if I do it this way.

Tomorrow is back to work for me so today is the last day of leave and I’m trying to make the most of it. I’ve been tidying a sorting again as two naughty little cats have found new ways to find craft materials. It’s hard keeping up with the two of them and … as you can see …….

……………………… being naughty is so exhausting.

I’ve managed a bit of stitching and knitting amidst the rush of this time of year. On the knitting front I’ve started so many things and abandoned them that I’ve lost count. Last night I made a start on a rabbit – the leg in the photo below is the only piece belonging to him – the others are being consigned to the bin.

I’m learning as I go with knitted toys, you wouldn’t believe how many pitfalls there are – at least for me anyway. The green ort catcher is a very neat idea and is made by Lantern Moon – it’s great for carrying around as it folds back into shape so readily.

I got some new stitching books for Christmas and this was one of them. I already have the two sampler books previously released by Needleprint so it made sense to have the third one as well (at least that’s my excuse).

Feller Collection

I’ve had several false starts with the sampler I’m stitching first for the challenge. Choosing fabric is the thing I find difficult – it’s got to be just right on so many fronts. The colour, the size and the feel are so important if I’m going to spend a lot of time working on it. Also taking into consideration where the finished piece is going to hang is important too. I have settled on 35 count Permin linen using one strand of AVAS. It’s stitching up better than I expected as I’m not usually a fan of stitching with one strand. I will be putting it on a frame later today.

If you know the sampler you’ll notice that I’m not starting at the top end. I’m missing out a huge section and I’m only stitching the bottom half. I’m not a fan of stitching alphabets and when I first started it I found I wasn’t enjoying it so decided to modify.

I’ll leave you with a photo of Brandy taken today. He turned twelve in December and still behaves like a pup.

I wish you all a happy and healthy 2013, thanks for popping in today and for your recent comments. Till next time, take care.


  1. Do you know what? I use the same approach for goals. I take it week by week.
    I have a few different 40ct linens all waiting for a large sampler for a year!! Pathetic, I know. I have a hard time choosing the linen also. I will, I will!
    Brandy looks young still!! I am a gigantic poodle fan. We have a toy poodle.

  2. Have a very happy stitchy new year! Lovely start on the sampler, and I’m sure you’ll get the bunny done in no time 🙂

  3. Happy New Year, your knitting is coming on ,can’t wait to see it finished I will be so tempted , I looked on the site and fell in love with all those rabbits and teddies.Hugs .

  4. Your knitted bunny looks very cute, and your sampler is beautiful! I wish you a very Happy New Year!

  5. Ann – So glad you found a piece of linen that met with your approval. Your sampler looks to be most interesting. I look forwad to seeing your knitted bunny as well. The purr-faces look to be enjoying life (as cats are experts at that) and good to see Brandy in good health as well. Happy 2013!

  6. Glad you’ve found the perfect linen for Dorothy at last. I’m not a huge fan of stitching alphabets either, but I do it anyway. Clever of you to just leave it out on this one. I love that you are knitting toys — the bunny looks like it will be cute in the end. Love seeing your fur babies as well. I’m lucky with my cat Mia. She leaves my stitching things alone for the most part.

  7. So glad to see you are taking part in the Scarlet Letter challenge. My stitching friend Anne and I are stitching ‘Diligence’, hopefully diligently throughout the year. Well, we will when we send for it! I look forward to seeing yours grow. My pup is just a teeny tiny bit better behaved these days. Phew! Irene xxx

  8. Happy new year Ann.

    I like the look of your piece for the Scarlet Letter challenge, and will look forward to seeing how it grows.

  9. Your sampler start looks very pretty….looking forward to seeing more…

  10. Oh I had to laugh at the photo of your naughty cat. Where’s the other one though?!!! Brandy has to be like a pup to keep up with those two!

    Today was my first day back at work. It wasn’t too bad. Good luck on your return tomorrow!

    ps your new stitchy start looks very pretty!

  11. Poppy looks so content.
    Great start on your SL piece. I can’t wait to see it develop. Your changes sound great.
    Happy New Year Ann!

  12. Choosing the linen for a project is the hardest thing for me to do. Maybe I just have too many different linens, lol. And when I have my choice and start stitching it takes a while until I’m convinced that my choice was right.
    Your new start looks great. Can’t wait to see more of it.

  13. Happy New Year. Sometimes picking just the right fabric can be a challenge!

  14. Happy new year Ann 🙂

    Your new sampler looks lovely and I hope the rabbit goes together smoothly

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