Happy New Year to you all ....
I've spent some time this afternoon looking back on my finishes for 2012, its lovely to look back and see what you have achieved, some you remember well, others you forget what you've done! I had 58 finishes in all.
47 were stitching projects, no biggies just smaller ones this year. 10 Christmas ornaments for the ornament a month SAL, 2 round robins - one of which is still ongoing, and plenty of gifts for friends and family. Shores didn't get as much attention as i had hoped, but with Block 8 now completed there are only 4 more to go, surely that will be a finish this year.
I did manage to squeeze in just one more before the New Year. I completed the stitching on my RR - Little Book of Stitches - so this really was a 2012 RR. Just need to read how to do the making up now, good instructions as it came from the Gift of Stitching Magazine, just need to make some time to do it. Thank you to all the ladies who stitched on this for me.
I had 6 knitting finishes and i can now show you the socks that i was secretly knitting for DH for Christmas. It's hard to make a surprise gift when you have family that are really interested in your craft, it was hard to make progress when he wasn't here. There was some query as to whether they would be finished in time for Santa to deliver them, but like all crafters, there is always one projects that comes right down to the wire for a deadline date. They fit and he was thrilled with them.
Crochet finishes amounted to 5. Hubby's lap blanket was the biggest of those. Midge is still really pleased that mum made such a comfy blanket and snuggles on it a lot of the time.
December 31st was opening day for the winter exchange at NH. Mine went out very early to avoid the Christmas post. Jane was my partner and i made a pocketed pinkeep using the JBW Design 'Let it Snow' that had 2 sachets of hot chocolate inside. I thought winter weather and it would warm her up, but we've only had rain, rain and oh yes, more rain.
I received mine from Kate in the post today. She made me this beautiful stitchers pocket. Thank you Kate, its really lovely. It's been a great exchange and there have been so many different designs and finishes.
My workbasket starts off 2013 containing 2 WIP's. One of course is Shores of Hawk Run Hollow and the other is Irish Garden by Liz Turner Deihl - i didn't put a stitch in that at all last year, does that make it a UFO? I do have one that really is a UFO and that is Leo by HAED, it was my first try at a HAED and i was gifted the chart and the 25ct fabric a very long time ago for my first attempt at stitching over 1. Its about a quarter finished and its only a little one. Just maybe, now i have been stitching over 1 for a while it might make an appearance out of the basket one day this year to surprise you all.
The Book Borrowers started in June and reading has taken up quite a bit of the stitching and crafting time. I was amazed when i counted up the number of books i've read in 2012. Can you believe it, there were 40!! Being introduced to Agatha Raisin was great, she brought such fun and laughter to our meetings each week and i have worked my way through 15 of her adventures, they are not big books but i have really enjoyed them thats why the total seems so high lol. We have lots of new things planned with the BB for the new year, but i am hopeful that my stitching and crafting time will take place, i still find it so very therapeutic and relaxing during the evenings.
I'm really looking forward to seeing what you all make during the comings months.
Wishing you a very productive and happy stitching, knitting, crocheting .... and whatever other craft you do filled year.....and may the frogs stay in their ponds and not bother us all too much lol.