Last Stitchy Finishes for January, and a ???

Here are two pages of the Carriage House Samplings book that is one of my WIPs this year:

  Just 6 more letters to go, and this one will be all finished stitching wise!  Many thanks to all the ladies who helped out!

And here is my question – does anyone know where these designs came from?  They look like they were a UK design, given the backstitching over the legs of the stitches.  I found the pieces already stitched, so I have no idea where they originated.

  They are a bit fuzzy in the pic, but aren’t they cute??? 

edited to add:  I love the internet!  A stitching friend found them for me – these penguins were from a Dimensions kit called Penguin Parade!


January has Flown By

like yarn on my knitting needles, and floss onto fabric!  Somehow January always seems in a hurry to be done That must mean I have been busy, busy, busy!

I started the month with my Christmas Ornament – this kit was a lovely gift from a good friend, and I enjoyed both the stitching and the finishing.  Here is Christmas in Virginia – A Needle Book Ornament (c) Willing Hands Needlework Design by Betsy Morgan.

      I love the star button on the cording at the top!

Then there was the Halloween ornament for January – which doubled as a birthday gift for my DD who adores Jack Skellington.

  This pattern was given to me by a friend and is (c) KyotiJess on Etsy.  I stitched it over 1 on a 32 ct evenweave.

The last stitching finish for January is Niece by Marriage (c) The Cricket Collection – another in my line of mittens:

  The colors in this mitten really appeal to me!  I subbed a pale blue for the white mitten background, as I stitched on white evenweave.

I am making progress on the CHS alphabet book too – I have stitched 5 more letters, so there are 7 to go in this WIP!

And finally, while attempting to clear off my work table, I came across the flannel fabric that I bought 4 years ago to make a quilt for my DD.  Rather than putting it away, I spent 2 hours cutting blocks, borders and the binding.  It does not look  like much now, but I hope to finish the top this coming month.

Wanted: Stoney Creek Cross Stitch Collection Magazine July Aug 1997

I am trying to complete my collection of Stoney Creek magazines – this is the only one I cannot find: July/Aug 1997 –

I am willing to pay a reasonable price plus shipping, or can trade stash or finishing work.  Hope someone can help!

Kitty Bliss!

After knitting felted loafers for the menfolk in the house

I thought the kitties needed something knitted just for them.  After scouring Ravelry, I found the Kitty Pi bed by Wendy Johnson of  Check this out!


It was knit with Fisherman’s Wool and Patons Classic Wool – 1 of each wool for the bed, 3 strands for the rim. Felting took a long time, and I dried it stretched out on a large wicker basket.

This Seems to be the Year

that everyone is focussing on wip’s!  While I am not formally joining Measi’s wip apocalypse I do have a few pieces that I would love to finish this coming year.  Here we go:

The first piece is from the OWL SAL at Oakhaven Designs.  Tonia offered the free designs each month on her yahoo group – I stalled out in July when I realized that I would prefer a Canadian flag on the owl’s hat!  I plan on getting this fun piece done soon!

And this will be a book, based upon Carriage House Samplings Alphabet pieces.  This one went around Canada, the US and parts of Europe as an RR selection.  Just a few more letters and I am all set.

And this beauty is my longest standing wip/ufo – Chatelaine’s waterlily quilt.  I did a few more squares in 2011, but I am not quite at the halfway point yet. 

I am also going to be stitching christmas ornaments, halloween ornaments, and Cricket Collection mittens…. stay tuned for further pics!

2011 Maryse SAL Finish

Isn’t this something?  This lovely SAL began in January 2011, and I finished the last square and the center village in December.  It was a delight to stitch and see the squares fill in!  Maryse is offering a new SAL for 2012 if you are interested – check out her blog at