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Tuesday, 1 January 2013


 And an end at the end .

 After feeling that I hadn't accomplished much this year with my crafty finishes , I set to yesterday , late afternoon and all evening to stitch on LK ABC Lessons , and... finished it! The last stitch went in at 11.21 last night, and made the end of the year for me .
  I am really happy with the finish. I made a few small changes with colours, but overall it is as charted.
 I have to say though , that I was unimpressed with the threads. The colour variegation was hardly noticeable at times, which was a little disappointing. Lettuce Leaves was very blue , I hope I never get lettuce that colour , lol , and at least three times the thread just snapped as I was stitching, the ends also got very fluffy .
 I did end up with over a full skein of Cocoa Bean left , so if anyone is stitching this and buying the threads separately, if you are careful with thread, you will only need four of these .

   So , this brings my stitching project total for the year to 41 completed.
 They are , two large, LK and Calm Seas , three squares for LQUK , three medium projects and the rest are small or small-medium. Less than in previous years, but I haven't been churning out the charity squares as much , and there have been a lot of times when I haven't stitched for weeks on end , so not too bad .
 I have read 120 books in the year , and made seven swirly scarves .

  And here is my ort pot for the year , now I am hoping to start again today with a new project ,lol .
 I will be back soon with hopefully pics of that new start , plans for the year and pics of the new stash ,lol .

 It has taken me over two hours to read all the posts for the last 24 hrs, everyone has been busy ,lol .

 Take care , and enjoy the start of the year.
 Thanks for dropping by ,


Peggy Lee said...

Beautiful finish...congratulations!!
What kind of thread did you use for it? I don't very often have thread woes but when I do it it's really irritating.
I've had the same ort jar for at least a couple years now. I guess that says a lot about how much I stitch. I'll have to post a pic of it soon.
WOW! That's a lot of books read! I just cleaned off my bookcase to make room for more of Masterchief's jars. I don't read nearly as much as I used to. Good for you!!

Happy New Year!

Gill - That British Woman said...

love the sampler, I have found unless you stitch a large piece with varigated thread it just looks like normal thread.


Chris said...

Happy New Year Cath!
You accomplished a lot!

Tracey said...

Well, you sure have had a busy and productive year! I hope that 2013 goes the same for you :-) Congrats on your last finish for the year, and that you got the last stitch in before midnight.

stitcheranon said...

A beautiful finish...Happy new year xx

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Wow, Cath! 41 finishes?? Great job! I love your ABC Lessons. That was a fun stitch, but I do remember wondering about the blue Lettuce Leaves! LOL! What a great feeling to finish it before the new year!

Happy stitching in 2013!


Carol said...

What a great way to end the year, Cath--really a gorgeous finish!! You had quite a stitching year--41 finishes is amazing!! And all those books--whew--do you ever sleep?!

Wishing you all the best in 2013!

Teresa S. said...

Congratulations on a wonderful 2012! Wow! 41 finishes plus all those books-that was a great year!

Looking forward to seeing what you'll work on this year!

Lesleyanne said...

Congrats on a gorgeous finish. Happy New Year to you and your family. Look forward to seeing your stitching in 2013.

Mylene said...

Congrats on a beautiful finish!
Happy New Year & best wishes for 2013!

Regge Jones said...

Love the ABC Lessons!! http://yougotmeinstitches.blogspot.com/

Barb said...

What a beautiful finish and a great year of accomplishments!

An itch to cross stitch.. said...

Beautiful finish Cath!

♥ Nia said...

Happy 2013!! :D

Melanie said...

Beautiful finish! Great way to finish out the year. :)

Sally said...

Fantastic finish Cath.

Happy New Year!

Julie said...

A super finish to end the year, i too was stitching till right up to the midnight hour lol.

You've read lots of books this year!

Lovelt scarves you made as gifts and beautiful stitching you sent out too.

I love the hats for your children, what a special pressie from a crafting friend and the shawl is amazing.

Bernadett Rauski said...

I love it...:)I loved it from the beginning.:)Congrats.:)