Thursday, 31 January 2019

January, it was good

I always seem to start the year off well with making things, there is something about January that makes me feel positive, something to do with new year goals I suppose.  Lets hope I can make the it last for more than just a month :-)

After my tidy up / sort out in my crafty space I realised I have quite a lot of acrylic yarn, not really enough of any one colour to make anything but paired together I will be able to make up some little blankets.  This one has already gone to it's new home

I have not idea why I have so much Stylecraft in yellow, on it's own it's a bit bright, but put with white I think it looks really fresh and clean.  

 I bought this little octopus kit from the Cotton Pod when we went to Yarndale last September.
It only took a night to make but, those sleepy eyes! oh my goodness, I think I stitched them on at least six times!  Finally I got them so I was happy :-)

He has gone to live with Oliver, who, I'm happy to say still loves his stuffed animals and teddy's

I finished my first ornament of the year.  You might remember I'm stitching monthly ornaments along with some friends on a small FB group we have going.  I'm going to wait and do the actual finishing  when I have a few to do.

My second stitched finish was only finished tonight and I couldn't wait to show it to you even though it's still on the Q snap!

Good Tidings by The Drawn Thread
Started December 26th 2019 - Finished 31st January 2019

I had wanted to get it all done by the end of January, and I have, by the kin of my teeth, lol. 

I'm still not overly keen on stitching on linen, I don't like the unevenness when stitching so I'm glad it's done if i'm honest.  It has a few 'personal design features', but on the whole I'm happy.

January has also been a good month for reading.  
Towards the latter part of last year I didn't read as much as I would have liked and I missed having my nose in a good book.
This month I read 3 books on my Kindle and listened to 3 audio books
My favourite for the month was The Friend.
My least favourite was The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

So that's it for January, not a bad month at all, what about you?  How have you filled your first month of the year?



Poppypatchwork said...

You have been busy, but January is a stay at home month, so crafting and reading time is always good.

Jane said...

Mostly working, but when I have time, and I'm working as fast as I can, I'm crocheting a small blanket for my sister-in-law's first grandchild. I'm also still working my way through Vanity Fair. I have many of the free classics on my Kindle. Best, Jane x

Carol said...

Beautiful little blankets, Maggie. And I'm glad the Octopus has found a home with Oliver!

Don't know why I haven't yet stitched that gingerbread boy--he is darling! And seeing your Glad Tidings reminded me that mine is still only 1/3 finished. I really had forgotten about it... Love yours!

Hope February is a good month for you ♥

Jo said...

What a great month you've had for finishes, and all beautiful I might add. I think my problem with Joyful World was the linen fabric, being new to cross stitch I didn't know any different but once I'd used evenweave for something else, I just didn't like the linen to work with, though I think it looks good. Your Good Tidings is fabulous. I haven't finished a single thing in January, I've been off my game a bit and haven't been picking my knitting up as much as usual, I'm not sure why. It's funny that you should show crochet in this month's finishes as I'm quite fancying picking up my hook again. It's been a long time since I've done any crocheting but I've got lots of yarn waiting to be made into something. I've been reading plenty though, I think it's these cold days and nights which make me want to hunker down with a good book. We woke to frost and ice again this morning but we keep getting a few snow flurries, I don't think it'll last though.

Vickie said...

When I saw that octopus I knew he was going to live with Oliver. ;) Good Tidings is super!!

Miriam said...

Very nice, you have been busy in January!
Have also a nice February,

Lowcarb team member said...

Well, you've certainly had a good month :)
So pleased that the Octopus found a home with Oliver …

All the best Jan

Clare-Aimetu said...

January has certainly been a busy month for you Maggie, the octopus is so cute and I'm sure will be very much loved living with Oliver

Julie said...

A lovely robin in your new header pic.
Good Tidings is a super finish, I really like that one.
Cosy blankets, perfect for the wintery weather we are having.
Sweet octopus, ladies at my knit group are making something similar for the dementia group that meets as they use the legs to twiddle with.
A great start to the new year.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Plenty of finishes for January. I like the colour combinations in your blankets.

Retired Knitter said...

Enjoyed your posts. Hello. I am a new visitor and reader. You do beautiful hand crafts. I am pretty limited to knitting and crochet. I used to do counted cross stitch but it is too hard on my eyes now.

Sandy said...

Are you two little blanket for children? They look like they would make lovely baby gifts. Not sure how big they are, but lovely color combinations. Your start on Christmas ornaments is great. Looks like January and you paired up nicely. It's been a very rough month for me and I'm glad it's over. Hoping February is better.

Barb said...

What pretty little blankets and I love the gingerbread ornament!

Sandy said...

Making my blog rounds again so waving hello!