I wanted to check in before the month ended and show the rest of my January makes. I'm so happy I made it in time!
This has been a good month for stitching: light levels in the morning have been just right to indulge in some after- breakfast cross stitching. I have to confess to quite a few pyjama clad mornings while I plied needle and thread. But heck, it's January right?
One of my first finishes was this little design on the left by Lizzie Kate.
I realized I had no smalls for the month of January so this was a good way to start. The 'Peace' design is from The Drawn Thread, and I actually stitched it before Christmas and forgot to show it. It didn't really lend itself to being an ornament, so I finished it as a small to add to my new January collection.
Because it takes three to make a collection I stitched these little mittens to go along with the others. They came out super small because the fabric is 40 count. While I like how designs look on 40 count when finished, I have to confess I don't love stitching on it. Too hard on the eyes!
I wanted to break out of my pillow finish 'comfort zone' so tried a little tag design instead. I'm kind of on the fence about it, but I like it enough I will try again. The design is an old one from Helga Mandl.
Speaking of long term finishes, I brought 'Stitcher's Alphabet' back to the table and completed the 'H' block. I realize that wanting to finish two letters per month is too ambitious if I want to work on other stitching as well.
I broke away from the pillow finish again! 'Chut je brode' (Quiet I'm stitching) is mounted on cardboard and made into a wall hanging. I tried a ruched ribbon trim for the first time to cover the seams: I think I'm on the fence about that as well... Anyway, another one out of the 'In' box is always good!
Now, the last thing I promise! I crocheted myself another Nordic Shawl, this time in wool.
( Last year I made this up in cotton, and if you want to see it go HERE.)
This pattern is by Annette of My Rose Valley, and I bought the pattern from her etsy shop. It is a pure delight to stitch, and even a beginner could do it. I just love it, and it's not often I will stitch something more than once. I may even do it a third time...
It's like a nice, big hug when you wrap it around.
And that, my friends, is what I will leave you with: a nice warm hug to end January with and as thanks for visiting.