A slight obsession with books

Crafts, cats and books


A bit of optimism

Last year I managed to complete just one cross stitch project. The year before was the same. I have a rather large stash of charts and kits waiting for attention and if I carry on at that rate, I’ll never make a dent in them, which means that I really shouldn’t buy any more. That’s not good, as I’m constantly seeing shiny new charts & kits that I need.

This is my current stash of kits, plus charts that have been kitted up. I have a lot more charts that haven’t been printed off yet, plus charts in books and magazines. This gives you an idea of the problem though.

So, I’ve had a sort through and any that really called to me were put to one side as a possible next project. I ended up with five and I know this is very optimistic, given my record, but I’m hoping to complete all five before the end of the year.

This was the first one that called to me. I’ve had this one in my stash for over three years. I loved it when I first saw it as I love most things to do with Middle Earth, plus it has owls. Bonus. I think it’ll be brilliant fun to stitch and it makes me smile every time I see it.

Next to be put to one side was this one. This has been in my stash for at least four years, probably longer. It won’t take long as it’s tiny and I do love using WDW threads.

Then I found this one. I put it to one side, and then put it back in the box before getting it back out again. I fell in love with it at the NEC craft show several years ago and it’s been intimidating me ever since. I’m going to have a go at it, and if I make a hash of it, at least I’ll have tried, right? Finally I picked out two by CCN, one of my favourite designers. This one will be a fairly quick stitch and is so pretty. And this one shouted loudest to be freed from the box and has already been started. I thought it was perfect for this time of the year and it’s a nice simple design with only whole crosses, so very relaxing after the last project. Next Sunday is the SAL post and I’ll be showing off my finished Crazy Cat Lady. The following SAL post will be my start on Snowflake Serenade. Hopefully I’ll have quite a bit done on it by then.



Did you ever – finished

Well that didn’t take long. I’ve spent three evenings stitching on this and rather enjoyed it. It’s a very simple design but pretty, and I love the text. It’s so me.


The fabric provided is very stiff so the hoop  has left creases that didn’t iron out. I’m sure they’ll be fine once I’ve framed it though. If I frame it, that is. It’ll go in the ‘finished’ drawer for now.

I’m going to do a bit on Song of the Weather before going back to my week two stitch on Saturday. It’s so nice to be ahead for once.

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Did you ever?

I bought two Lizzie*Kate kits while on holiday a few years ago. I couldn’t resist them. They had the chart, fabric and buttons and I just needed to add the threads. I felt it was definitely time to start one of them this month and after a bit of dithering, I chose this one.


I’m hoping to finish it this week, although it will depend on how much stitching time I get. I’m planning to start a Pixel People in July so I do have some incentive to get cracking.