Hello dear readers. No this is not an April Fool; I really am blogging!! Goodness me, another month has flown by and I still haven't updated my little blog space. You must think I am hiding away in shame for not having completed my March goals??? Well, not at all. On the contrary, I have completed them all and also finished off the blanket goal from February too. Big pat on the back for meeeee. Ho hum.
So here we go....
March goals were to stitch up the next ornie in the CCN series.
I must admit, being the truly honest type that I am, I'm really not enjoying these ornies very much. They were advertised as Classic ornies done in classic colours of red, white and green. These ornies do not shout to me as being very "classic" with the exception of the first one that was of three angels. I guess I was expecting them all to be along a similar vein of hymnals and Christian imagery. Elves, cookies, snowmen and Santas speak of a more modern view of Christmas. However, I will press on and continue. I am just kicking myself that I didn't wait and go for the LHN sampler ones that are now out as they are much more my style. Oh well, you live and learn they say.
Next goal was to complete the Elisabeth Lillie sampler by MacIntosh Designs. Huge Ta-aaaa here. Goodness, I started her a long time ago, somewhere in 2012 and she got picked up and ignored constantly. I am so glad I decided to finally crack on and finish her. She was a joy to work on even though I made a huge mistake with one of the colours - (blue/brown confusion with similar symbols). I stitched her on 34 count Legacy Linen in Oaten Scone and used the called for DMCs.
My next goal was to finish the Love Quilts charity square I started at the end of last year. It was a Nibbles and Tibs design from a cross stitch magazine stitched on 14 count aida.
It felt a little weird and strange working on aida after stitching on linen for so long but it was a refreshingly easy change until the dreaded backstitch arrived. Oh let me just work on samplers for the rest of my stitching life! The backstitch was so awful that I decided to miss a fair bit of the grass out. They were all fractional and part fractional through the aida weave. Yack! Anyway, I missed the Tibs out - I am presuming this is a little bird and just stitched the cat. Cute. Just need to add initials and location and this will be sent off to Love Quilts for an Any Child square. Please do take a look at this wonderful charity and think about stitching a square or two for it. They have this charity in several countries now I think.
And finally....... I finished the joining and the border for my Woodland Blanket which I have since given to my husband as a gift. He actually really loves it!
Just a reminder about the colours I used..... plus black for the joining. I did a double V border around it. Nothing frilly. It's a man's blanket.
What do you think? Starting with the gold colour at the bottom and going clockwise we have the following:
And as if that wasn't enough this month, I even made myself an Artfully Simple Infinity Cowl which you can find on the Moogly blog. Wow this was a treat to make and wear. I wore it all day yesterday and I think the little button tie finishes it off perfectly. Instructions for both the cowl and tie can be found on the blog with links to Youtube tutes. I used King Cole Riot DK for mine using a 6mm hook. I am thinking of making another one with some lovely hand dyed yarn I bought a while back.
I also tried my hand at some paper cutting this month as well. My dear friend bought me a beginners set from Paper Panda and I had a go at it. It is quite hard and my hand hurt after a while. I managed to do the hedgehog quite well but then I tried to do this swirly design and it doesn't look quite so good. I guess there is a knack to getting those curved lines right.
I also pulled out an older design called Tranquility which I got from my very first stitching meet up back in the old days of Jane's Attic. What fun memories this brought back. This design is by LoopyLou designs and I decided it was time to get this baby finished so this is going to form part of my April goals. I think I started it in 2008. Shame on me. It looks much more stunning in real life as usual.
I don't think my dove's eyes are right. I think I need to pull them out and do them again. Doh!
Speaking of which...
Get one page finished on A Quaker Christmas
Get the rows finished on Tranquility
Stitch up the next CCN ornie
Quite a crafty month I think. I do believe these monthly goals are working out quite well for me.
Seeing as it is April, I thought I would end with a happy April the cat picture. Have you ever seen a happier cat? Look at that smile!
Have a good Easter folks. I'll be back soon.