Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January Challenge

Every month on Needlecraft Haven we have a challenge piece, usually a Christmas theme. Our lovely Havener Christine choses a freebie chart each month for us to stitch and uploads a Gallery at the end of the month for our photos.

January's chart was a cute New Year penguin, it's nice to have a momentum as each year changes. You can find the details of our Challenge on the forum Needlecraft Haven - if you are not a member already send a request stating you read about it on my blog

The forum is quite busy at the moment with our Valentine Exchange under way and our Easter Exchange sign up open. Being February 1st there will be lots of changes tomorrow too, one of which will be month two of our Four seasons' SAL stitching on spring. I've finished stitching and just have to make it up, all ready then for when the gallery opens in March.

I have just about finished a gift for early February and my needlecase for the Meet Up exchange. Talking of which it will soon be time to arrange our spring Get Together.

I've just written up my wine/travel blog Aimetu's about our three special meals last week - quite a journey all told.

This year I'm aiming to read 50 books, I've just finished my 4th which was The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton - very intriguing with all the various characters.

I'm not sure what I'll pick up next, I do have a few paperbacks I want to read so I can pass on and make some space on our shelves. I hope your January was a good one and that February will be too.


  1. Great challenge finish Clare. What did you think of The Miniaturist? I really didn't enjoy it at all

  2. I wanted to know what happened but didn't really enjoy the story and thought it was another case of a great build up but rushed ending (quite a few books seem to do this just lately)

  3. Lovely challenge finish Clare.

  4. Lovely finish Clare, I forgot that the last day was Sunday so I haven't finished mine yet! You have been busy and so is the forum. Lots of fun!

  5. I wasn't keen on the book either. I see her latest is out, not that I will be rushing to read it.
    Lovely finish.

  6. What a wonderful little penguin ornie. I like the Quaker feel to him.
    I quite liked The Miniaturist but I agree the ending was rushed. I also wanted the Miniaturist themselves to play a bigger role in the story and have the mystery explained a little more.

  7. Anything to do with penguins, I like... and that one is a Quaker too! Great little finish Clare! I have begun to 'listen' to books while I stitch, though finding ones I like is a bit of a challenge. But at least I am 'reading' too! (Don't even get me started about Flosstube!!) Hugs!

  8. Lovely Challenge finish, Clare. Pleased to read that I wasn't the only one who didn't enjoy 'The Miniaturist'. It had good reviews but it didn't live up to my expectations.


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