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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Hi everyone, hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year, we had a quiet time in our home in France snuggled by the log fire, which we love.

I don’t know what it is about Christmas but I always like to start a Christmas gift for someone for the following year, in this case it was this lovely “Quilt Time Sampler” from Little House Needleworks. I started stitching it on Christmas  Day and finished it on New Years Day, well actually I could have finished it on 31st December but I left a couple of stitches so that I could finish it in 2018 and sign the new year  as the date of finishing. 
This was also a quick stitch, I will be getting this framed in February in England and then I will put it away for the recipient for their Christmas gift for Christmas 2018. (more photos below)
Stitching News

I have decided to design another Mini Cat Calendar for 2018, all of the patterns will be free on my blog and the full pdf with colour listings will again be available in my Craftsy store here
I have just finished stitching January but not sure how I am going to finish this one, maybe a flat fold or a small pillow? You can see the photo below, the pattern will be free on my blog next week, each design will be published no later than the first week of each month. 
Knitting news
I started to knit a lovely small cabled cowl using a free pattern from Ravelry, it was so easy, only one row of cables in this one, but very effective! You can see the free pattern here 
(Photo below) I am loving the colour of this, it will compliment my navy coat quite well and I am thinking of making some matching gloves in the same yarn. 
Hands on Design cross stitch pattern monthly series available from the Fat Quarter Shop.
I am a little slow getting my pillows finished for the monthly series but I am on with December now and soon January’s design will be arriving through my letterbox!
Just need to stitch these cute buttons onto the front and then I can make it into a pillow.
Until next time, happy stitching!
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. January 5, 2018 / 6:25 am

    Happy New Year Lynn: Oh my another Cat series, I have not even stitched all the past cats, I need to get on the ball.
    Love the neck scarf, so pretty.
    Your Sampler is lovely.


  2. January 5, 2018 / 6:25 am

    Congratulations on your first finish of 2018! January mini cat is very cute.

  3. January 5, 2018 / 6:25 am

    Happy New Year Lynn!
    You've been busy with a variety of handwork – all are lovely. New mini cats …. how exciting! k

  4. January 5, 2018 / 6:25 am

    Lovely stitching and beautiful knitting.

  5. January 5, 2018 / 6:26 am

    Happy New Year, Lynn! Just love the color of your latest cowl–so beautiful… And the new LHN finish is darling–I'll bet that one was a lot of fun to stitch. Your new January cat is so sweet–I look forward to seeing what other kitties appear throughout the year 🙂

    Enjoy your day–hope you are keeping warm and dry in France!

  6. January 5, 2018 / 6:26 am

    Really beautiful work. I love the cowl too. It is my favorite color your stitching is beautiful too

  7. January 5, 2018 / 6:26 am

    Your January Mini Cat is fantastic….can't wait to see your upcoming designs!

  8. January 5, 2018 / 6:26 am

    Happy New Year Lynn! It sounds like a lovely holiday season in your home.
    "Quilt Time Sampler" is so sweet, and the colors are gorgeous…your recipient will be thrilled when they open their gift at Christmas…that's such a great idea!
    I'm so excited about the Mini Cat calendar, I will be watching and waiting for each month…you always design such fun sweets…thanks in advance <3
    Your HOD "November" is adorable and I can't wait to see it finished, along with December…I adore the buttons.
    The cabled cowl is beautiful, and looks like a lot of hard work…the color is yummy! I agree that gloves would be a great idea.

  9. January 5, 2018 / 6:26 am

    Happy New Year Lynn! That's a beautiful stitching finish and I'm sure it must be one of the first Christmas 2018 gifts that's been finished!

  10. January 5, 2018 / 6:26 am

    Happy New Year Lynn – you sure are starting out the year on a roll – beautiful work. I so enjoy seeing all your amazing projects!

  11. January 7, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Your cabled scarf is such a lovely color! It is perfectly winter-ish.

    Yay, another Mini Cat series! I think I have saved all of the ones you've offered haha.

  12. January 7, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Happy new year! Your cowl is a lovely color and pattern. I should think about stitching something for someone between Christmas and new year…I certainly had the time this year. And lucky recipient!

  13. January 7, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Lovely stitching,a good start to 2018 🙂
    Your cowl is gorgeous,thank you for the link and the upcoming free cat calendar designs,,January is so pretty with the snowflakes falling.
    Happy New Year to you.

  14. January 7, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Bonjour, Lyn,
    Votre minicat est adorable, j'ai brodé le minicat saint Valentin l'année dernière, j'ai tres envie de commencer le calendrier 2018 des minicats…Mais je ne peux peux pas ouvrir la grille, il n'y a que le dessin sans le quadrillage…

    Merci pour ces beaux modèles.je suis française, et vous Lyn dans quelle region de France avez vous passe Noel???
    Happé New year
    BEatrice, de France

  15. January 7, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Happy New Year.
    Love your stitching finish .
    Your scarf is lovely , looks like it would be so warm to wear.
    Your cat series are a big hit love them .

  16. January 7, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Happy New Year!
    Thank you for the cat design
    That cowl is gorgeous, I'm off to check out the pattern now

  17. January 7, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Happy New Year Lyn,

    What a beautiful thought, you spending Christmas in France snuggled by the fire. We had a heatwave here in NZ and I worked through Christmas / New Year so was a bit of a Grinch really. Didn't feel at all Christmasy but I vow it will be different this year.
    Love your LHN cross stitch and boy you did it so quickly. The cowl that you knitted is fabulous and looks so snuggly and warm.


  18. January 7, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Hi Lynn, Happy New Year to you too!
    You made me smile with waiting some cross-stitches till 2018 ?.
    I love the idea of the new Catcalender but I have to pass: every time I try to cross-stitch I have thumbproblems. Not nice and with my big Dear Jane in mind I focus to that… But ofcourse I am looking forward to see the new minicats. I love the Januaryone, what a cute cat!
    By the way: do you know the podcasts of The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch? Oh those finishes: I love them.
    Your shawl is a beauty and with the cold weather it must be a joy to weare.
    Have a nice and healthy 2018!
    Greetings again

  19. January 10, 2018 / 10:19 am

    Love the knitted cowl, and thank you for the link, too. 🙂 It's always fun to knit…a girl can't live by cross stitching alone..well not this one any who. I am looking forward to your new designs in 2018. Happy New Year. 🙂