Sunday, March 01, 2015

March 1st Stitching Update

I can't believe a whole month has passed me by and I haven't posted! I am so sorry dear readers but life, as usual, has gotten in the way again. I have been very busy with work and also had some health problems which I won't bore you with. Suffice to say, I have been taking things easy - well, as easy as possible. However, I do have some finishes to share. Yay! Happy dances!

It was my intention at the start of the year to do monthly goals instead of year long goals. The reason being is that in the past when I have done yearly goals, I have inevitably failed, and been left with even more wips than I previously started with; (Crazy January Challenges and all that!) So, I began this year with Monthlies - not too many so that I could feel a sense of achievement. 

In January, I met all my goals - Yay!!! 

In February, I did all my goals but one which was finishing the Woodland blanket. All I have to do on this blanket is edge it in black so it won't take me long to do. However, I did make a small lapblanket which my cat has decided is hers! Someone, gifted me some aran wool a while ago and was never sure what to use it for so I decided a quick, simple granny square blanket would suffice.



The next two photos are from my goals for February list. The first one is the Lizzie Kate ABC of Christmas. I had started this a few years ago and never really got far into it so I was happy to set it as a goal and finish it this last month.



Here are some close ups of my favourite motifs from the design:




The next finish is the Cookies ornie from CCN Classic Ornie collection that I am getting on autoship from the Patchwork Rabbit. I have to say that I am slightly regretting getting these as these designs, to me, are not really descriptive of being "classic" in my humble opinion. Nevertheless, I am trying to stay on top of them by stitching one a month. I am much preferring the look of the new LHN releases of the sampler ornaments. Much more to my taste but alas, I can only afford one autoship at a time. 


So my idea is, that when I complete my stitching goals for the month then I am free to work on whatever I like. It just so happened that I really felt like I wanted to make a start on March goals so I picked up Elisabeth Lillie and started working on her and as you can see I have made a fair bit of progress on her. Not much more to go now and so I am hoping to have her finished by the end of the month. I made a big mistake with two of the colours in the chart and mixed up a blue with a brown. This was due to the symbols not being very clear but it makes this design more personal to me. So, not an exact replica but nice all the same. 



So, March goals are

- to finish Elisabeth Lillie
- to stitch another CCN ornie
- to finish my Love Quilts square

Hope you are all okay lovely readers and surviving this cold winter. 

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26 comments:

CJ said...

Wow, that is great progress and so satisfying when you have met your goals. Good for you.

Your lap blanket is fab.

CJ

faith76 said...

Well done on your monthly finishes, your stitchwork is fantastic. I love the detail especially in the Elizabeth finished make, gorgeous xxxx

Margaret said...

Love the blanket! Love your finishes too -- good for you on those goals! Love Elizabeth Lillie -- wow!

Vickie said...

You are doing fantastic Hazel.
How did your sister receive the blanket?

Angel Jem said...

Good progress already and March is only just here!
The Elizabeth Lillie sampler is gorgeous, I'm looking forward to seeing that finished.

Cindy's Stitching said...

The blanket is beautiful. I love the colors. Some awesome stitching pieces you have done.

Justine said...

Well done on (almost) achieving your goals! Beautiful stitching and crocheting.

Maggie said...

well done on your finishing :-)
I love the colours in the blanket and the cookies finish is one I've had my eye on buying but am holding off spending for a while.

Good luck with your goals for March
x

VeggieMummy said...

Well done with your goals - I think monthly rather than yearly ones is a good plan. Love the Christmas ABC. Hope the cat enjoys your lap blanket! x

Blu said...

Lovely finishes! I agree that that ornie doesn't really say "Classic" to me. It falls more into the Modern Cute vein.
Good for you on hitting your goals!

barbara said...

Oh Hazel, everything is so lovely and bright and cheerful!!

Linda said...

Lovely stitching Hazel.

Linda

Clare - Aimetu said...

You did lots in February, all beautiful :-)

Christine said...

Lovely stitching and crochet

Brigitte said...

Your February finisges all look so great. And so great that you managed to achieve most of your goals. Good luck with the March goals. It's so very satisfying to reach them.
I hope your health problems are gone by now and you are feeling well again.

Carol said...

Monthly goals are such a great idea, Hazel!! I just love your blanket and the LK piece--that must have been so much fun to stitch with all those cute motifs :)

Hope you stay healthy now--spring is almost here (although it doesn't look like it here with six inches of snow fallen just yesterday!)...

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

Beautiful work! I love the colours in the blanket and Elizabeth is just stunning! Well done on your goals, I'm the same in that I prefer setting them month by month - more manageable for me and not too rigid for my constantly changing tastes lol!

Rachael G said...

Those colours are fantastic in that blanket. Lovely stitching and HD's

Julie said...

Beautiful blanket and stitching.

Sally said...

Well done on your goals. Your LK is gorgeous as is your blanket. Love the ornament too. I haven't got to that one yet!

Hope you are doing OK now.

Raggedystitcher said...

Everything is just beautiful Hazel! Wonderful to see your post this morning! Have a lovely day.
Louise xx

Anna van Schurman said...

Great work! Love the blanket. You choose such fantastic colors!

Annette-California said...

Woodland blanket looks beautiful! Congrats on ABC Christmas! It's amazing and will look fantastic on display for this years holidays.
Darling cookies ornament! Elizabeth Lillie is stunning - WOW! I too have discovered that I switched colors on Ann Dale and am leaving them as is - LOL!
Congrats on meeting all your goals.
love Annette

Karoline said...

Great finishes and Elizabeth is looking gorgeous

stitcherw said...

Congrats on doing so well with your goals, I didn't really set any for his year, other than to try and clear up another one of my older WIPS, which I finally just got around to starting working on this month. Your Afghan is lovely, I adore granny square afghans, they are so pretty with their varying colors. Your LK ABC turned out wonderfully, love all the smaller motifs within the overall larger piece.
Sue

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