Happiness is cross stitching blog

Knitting, crochet, applique, fabric stash and roses!

Hi everyone, here is the latest stitching on Santa’s Village, I have not been stitching this because for the moment I am not in the mood for cross stitching, can you believe that!
However, I am in the mood for knitting, having a go at crochet and a little bit of mug rug making.

I think I purchased this wool about ten years ago and it has been in a bag ever since, I did start making a jumper with it but decided I did not like the pattern so I decided to buy another pattern recently and make a cardigan instead. The wool is 100% aran wool from Rowan, it is really lovely wool and a delight to knit with.
I am not the most experienced knitter but I do want to improve my skills in this area and I also want to  learn to crochet.  
The wool feels gorgeous to the touch and I cant wait to get it finished, although I have pulled it back a few times because I did the stitches wrong, I must admit I tend to do that  a lot when I am knitting!
I also received some wonderful news last week that my husband and I were Great Uncle and Aunt to a gorgeous little boy in the family, he is absolutely beautiful!
Of course I immediately wanted to knit him something sweet and here is the pattern I have chosen, I will show you the work in progress once I have started it. 
Here is my first crochet project, pretty little roses, I am just learning how to do the leaves. 
I took a visit to my local Hobbycraft and saw this beautiful fabric, I simply could not leave the store without it! 
I also wanted to make my first mug rug, here it is, well a sneak preview of the work in progress, that should be ready soon.    
Another new venture for me is the planting of roses in our garden, we planted these in April this year and I am thrilled with their progress, they are so pretty and I can’t wait until next year to plant lots more! 
Roses – David Austin
Queen of Sweden
Peachy Pink colour.
Thankyou for all of your lovely comments, until next time –
 Happy Stitching!  
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. October 24, 2013 / 8:32 am

    well done on the knitting .. this is something I just can't get to grips with … love the wee roses and also the proper ones too 🙂
    congrats on the new addition too 🙂 love mouse xxxxx

  2. October 24, 2013 / 8:32 am

    Congratulations on becoming a Great Aunt. That looks like a sweet jumper you are planning to knit.

  3. October 24, 2013 / 8:32 am

    So many wonderful projects, Lyn. Congratulations on becoming a Great Aunt. It's so much fun to create for the little ones.

    Can't wait to see updates on everything.


  4. October 24, 2013 / 8:32 am

    Santa's village is looking great.

  5. October 24, 2013 / 8:32 am

    sweet x

  6. October 24, 2013 / 8:32 am

    Hi Lynn
    What lovely stitching. You are very talented. I am new to crochet, but always have been a knitter. I am afraid I do tend to start but not finish things, as I get carried away with different new projects. I think you have inspired me to get on with some crochet.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely posts.

  7. October 24, 2013 / 8:32 am

    your knitting is beautiful, and the yarn look so soft.

  8. October 27, 2013 / 9:42 am

    Looks like you've been very busy indeed! Everything looks wonderful 🙂 Congratulations on becoming a great Aunt too!!
    I'm thinking of picking up another craft but then I think about how that leaves much less time for cross stitch, so I just haven't brought myself to try something new just yet!

  9. October 27, 2013 / 9:42 am

    Piękne prace! Jesteś wszechstronnie utalentowana 🙂

  10. October 27, 2013 / 9:42 am

    Hello Carol. You are definitely a lady of many, many talents! Your sweater is coming along beautifully and I love those pretty little rosettes. I have never heard of mug rug making, but your Christmas one is just gorgeous! Sweet progress on Santa's house too!


  11. October 27, 2013 / 9:42 am

    Congrats on the new family member. Nice knitting.

  12. October 27, 2013 / 9:42 am

    OMG Lynn, at each photo I heard myself saying 'ohhh' right to the very end of your post. I love those crocheted flowers and your knitting patterns. I am not much of a knitter – I can do it and even knitted a child's sweater once but if I have to undo stitches I'm a goner. 🙂 Your mug rug is intriguing. Congrats on the new fella in the family!

  13. October 27, 2013 / 9:42 am

    I am a crocheter – not a knitter. Your knitting is awesome and I dream of being able to do that someday.

  14. October 27, 2013 / 9:42 am

    It's very nice pattern I loveso much Christmas stitching!!!

  15. October 31, 2013 / 2:44 pm

    great new projects
    can't wait to see the finished pieces or at least the WIPs =)
    the yarn seems very sweet
    don't know how to deal with a crochet or knitting needles but I really enjoy seeing pieces on friends' blogs =)
    your mug rug seems to be lovely too, this sneak preview gives us a good idea already
    can't wait to see the whole piece
    congrats on your roses ! it's too difficult to have roses in a garden =)
    happy knitting sweet Great Aunt =)

  16. October 31, 2013 / 2:44 pm

    I'm glad to hear that I've not been the only wone who wasn't into stitching lately.