Recovering mode and needlework

Two weeks after my surgery and I feel so good. I am now at the stage where I have to stop myself from doing things, as I feel so well. It makes me feel guilty not to clean the house and help with the painting, but although the external wounds are healed I have to be conscious of what is going on internally and make sure I give that enough time to heal properly too. So I am still focussing on needlework and resting for the rest of this week

I haven’t work on the Neverending sampler for quite a while and were 9 bands behind. But now I am all caught up again. I didn’t embroider the full last one as designed because I didn’t enjoy doing the little flowers, so did only one row instead of two. Still looks pretty though. (and becoming very hard to photograph)

This is where I was up to ages ago:


And this is where I am now:



I also completed another knitted baby jacket and booties. Going to start on the little hat today. It is a lovely pattern and although it has not been blocked yet I couldn’t resist taking a photo. The little baby girl is arriving in November. It is lovely to knit for a specific baby


And the fabric for my new project has arrived!!!!!!! Can’t wait to start. I have made a Crochet Fusion quilt before but decided to make another one in blues. I might make this one a little bigger too


This is the one I have made already:



SAL update

I am so happy with the progress I’ve made with the Crochet Fusion Quilt the past week or two – the first 12 blocks done and dusted and it looks pretty good. Just have to finish the blanket stitches around the rest of the blocks and crochet. I have 4 more blocks completed, so basically only 20 to go before I can finish the quilt and crochet the final border. There is no rush to finish it


Not much more done with the Neverending Sampler as the designer’s husband is going through cancer treatment and she is not able to upload the new bands as quickly as originally planned – only completed two further bands/rows. I am thinking of adding additional rows from my cross-stitch blocks

Please take some time and look at the lovely work of the other SAL members:
Kathy MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine, Wendy



First SAL update for 2017

Happy New Year everyone! May 2017 be the best ever

My life: packing, packing, packing. The moving date is coming closer and my house is full of packed and empty boxes. I have dozens of lists. This is a great time, I actually love packing 🙂

Of course I make time for stitching – at this stage I am finishing of my Pumpkin Passport cross stitch project….nearly there. The other one is the Neverending Sampler. I love the different stitches and it is so relaxing to do a row at a time when you want to take a break from packing.

This is where I was at the previous SAL update:


This is where I am now:


Here is my Pumpkin Passport – now just to finish it off as a table runner. I quite like it 🙂


We have also been away on holiday, booking a bach in Tauranga (for the non-Kiwis….a ‘bach’ is basically a holiday home. In the past it was called a bachelor pad, we now call it a bach) While I was away a lovely lady looked after my cats by popping in once a day to play with them, clean the litter trays and feed them. She is amazing and the cats absolutely love her. It is also assuring to know the cats are safely at home and looked after. But the youngest, Mollie, can be nervous and shy and doesn’t like her life to be scary. She stressed (or was it revenge because I left her?) and she decided to pee on the carpet (behind the litter tray). I have washed the carpet but as we all know, cat-pee cannot be washed out. Or the smell at least. Which is causing a bit of a problem as I will be renting my house out for the year and I cannot have a tenant moving into a smelly house. Luckily the carpet man is coming to my rescue and he will be replacing that part of the carpet two days before I move. I love the notes the Byndie leaves, basically a summary of the visits. I read through them like a proud mum


Please take some time and look at the lovely work of the other SAL members:
Kathy MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine, Wendy

SAL update

Since the last SAL update school closed for the Christmas holiday and I am organising to move. The moving company dropped off some boxes for me and the supermarket gave me a whole pile of newspapers to use for the packing. I made lists of jobs to do and love ticking off the stuff I’ve done

I’ve also found a new embroidery SAL and love it. It is called the Never-ending Sampler. Two to three ‘rows’ are released per week, but you never know when. My plan is to embroider 3 x 6″ strips of Aida fabric and then join the strips with lace for a tablecloth. I am also using some of the colours I never seem to use for other projects. That is the idea now, it might change in future. But this will be my SAL project for a while.

The Never-ending Sampler

Please pop over and have a look at the work of my SAL friends:

Avis at
Claire at
Gun at
Carole at
LucyAnn at
Jess at
Sue at
Constanze at
DebbieRose at
Christina at
Kathy at
Kate at
Margaret at
Cindy at
Steph at