Saturday 4 January 2014

Landing softly in 2014...

Happy 2014 
...wishing you a year full of all good things...
....and before it's too late...
a little look back on some of my creative 2013
(when finally teaching myself to crochet was definitely a highlight)
and I loved making my Cats and Mice blanket through a very cold and snowy January
(and finding that it was actually possible to fit almost 1000 sts on my circular needle)
I love being able to keep some memories of my makes here
It's amazing how much you can forget, isn't it?

... ♥ Thank you too ...
...everyone who has purchased the new pattern...
it's been madly busy here but equally lots of fun
...i love my work...

...and now i'm enjoying a gentle weekend
before Ashley and Leah return to uni
(once again 3 weeks has just flown by but soon they will be home again)
...playing with my needles and hooks...
...doodling with yarn...making flowers...
something i'll definitely be doing more of this year plans...
i'm hoping to finish this cushion over the weekend
before i begin my new knitting project
(and our Christmas lights are still least for a couple more days)
i have some lovely new yarns to try
and lots and lots of ideas...fingers crossed :-)...
...i  knitting and its amazing versatility...
it never fails to make me happy
...and i'm looking forward to seeing 
where it all takes me this year... it's all about the yarn for the moment...
i hope you'll jump on the magic carpet
and join me for some new adventures through 2014

... love always ...
i'm off to do some lovely blog catchups now
Happy Weekend!
P.S One of my resolutions .... to be here more often....
...and another one is to sort out my mountain of photographs... simply has to be done...soon :-) you do the g+?


  1. Happy new year to you and your family.

  2. Happy new year to you and your family. One of my new year resolutions is to blog more and I've done two so far. Another of mine is to finish off all my WIPs and make a start on the beautiful mice and rabbit patterns I purchased from you last year. Looking forward to reading and commenting on your posts through the year.

    1. A lovely photo mosaic of the last year. I don't do resolutions as such but I do want to learn to crochet this year. I have tried before without any real success. You flowered cushion looks gorgeous.

  3. What a beautiful creative year you've had Susan, it's been lovely joining you along the way.
    Your new cushion looks delicious. :)
    Looking forward to more creative adventures in 2014.
    Happy new year, lovely lady,
    V xxx

  4. I LOVE YOUR WORK AND WORLD, SUSAN! Those mice looking at ME are just too cute for words....I want ONE!

    My home is full of pleasant little treasures as such, but there is always room for more. Once I restore my piggy bank, I must come to purchase something. I have been off of work now for two whole weeks due to the holidays, with a surprise school closing for Monday due to extremely serious cold temps: -50 F! Can you believe that? So on top of reading delicious poetry and writing, I am trying my hand at some hand sewing....I saw a cute little stuffed velvet bird on Pinterest and I'm giving it a go. But I see your handiwork, and I am so thrilled and impressed.

    Wishing you more creative fun as we both stitch away the cold moments of January! Anita

  5. Happy happy new year wishes to you Susan, and thank you for making my Saturday with your gorgeous Gorgeous GORGEOUS look back at 2013. I cannot wait to see more of your wonderful posts in 2014, your dreamy photography and crafty makes really give me a boost! x

  6. Oh you dear, dear heart! Thank you for visiting! And my dress..oh how kind of you to think of it!

    Warm hugs! Anita

  7. Wishing you a happy and a creative year !
    Homemade and more

  8. As ever a gorgeous blog Susan & thank you for visiting mine - how you find the time with all you do is amazing....!!!
    Happy New Year to you & yours. Looking forward to seeing your fabby creations during the year.
    Jo. xxx

  9. Happy New Year Susan to you and your family! What a lovely roundup of 2013 and a reminder of your pretty makes. Sarah xo

  10. Happy New Year to you and your family Susan....yours in one of my favourite blogs to read, I love all the gorgeous things you make and you display everything so beautifully, it seems like a real treat to visit, I look forward to following your crafty journey in 2014!
    Love Caroline xx
    PS. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such lovely comments :)

  11. Best wishes for the New Year. Visiting your blog in 2013 was a delight!

  12. My blogroll is always happier when a new post from you pops up!! There's something about your use of color that just warms my heart! In fact, you warm my heart! Looking forward to sharing 2014 with you.

  13. Happy new year to you and your family!)

  14. I love your everything here!

  15. I'll certainly be looking forward to where this year takes you.

  16. Beautiful pictures, and can't believe you've only recently learnt to crochet ... You put me to shame and I've been doing it for years! Looking forward to morels your posts in the coming year. Happy New Year!

    Love Claire xxx

  17. Ooh what a feast for the senses, this post is! Filled to the brim with absolutely gorgeous makes and pretty colours. Yes please, count me in for the adventure in 2014 :-) Wishing you & yours a truly happy & joyful new year ahead,
    love Gilly xx

  18. You create pretty things.

    Have a wonderful 2014.

  19. Happy New Year Susan wishing you a wonderful 2014.
    I'm always in awe of your work and of your amazing photographs. Your attention to details is always second to none.
    I have loved looking back at your years creations and I look forward to the coming years creations also

    Enjoy your last days with the girls

    Much love

    Ali xx

  20. Your work is always so charming! <3

  21. Hello Susan
    Such a wonderful post ! So many beautiful pictures to look at and such an array of colours. I just adore your little animals and am in awe of how neatly they are made. I also love the cushions you are working on, the red and the turquoisy blue look wonderful together.
    So looking forward to following your blog throughput 2014,
    Happy new Year to you and all your family,
    Kate x

  22. So many beautiful things!! Thanks for this wonderful review ♥ Happy 2014 to you, too!!

  23. Hello Susan.. goodness, you've been so creatively productive last year and I look forward to seeing what you accomplish in 2014! Your eye for color is simply beautiful! All the best for you and your family. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  24. Susan your posts are always a joy to read and look at, what glorious photographs, I love them all and your talent is awe inspiring. Thank you for providing us all with so much enjoyment and inspiration. Big New Year hugs to you

  25. This is such a beautiful collection of images, have made some really lovely things this year and your posts are always a joy to see! I love your new flowery crochet, it is so pretty! I look forward to visiting you through 2014 and to seeing the lovely things you will create :) Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year.
    Helen xox

  26. Dear Susan,

    I always feel as though I have snuggled down under my favourite blanket with a decadent hot chocolate when I visit you here. There is such a wonderful feel-good factor. Your words and pictures are always full of hope and joy together with so much beauty.

    I wish you and family a beautiful, peaceful, creative and inspiring New Year! I will most definitely be joining you for the ride over the next twelve months and beyond.


  27. Happy New Year to you all! Such lovely, lovely photos. The colours that you chose to work with are gorgeous and an inspiration. I still haven't finished the mouse pattern that I bought from you some time ago but maybe soon now that I'm inspired...
    Jille xxx

  28. So much lovely colour and beautiful projects to look at and enjoy, Susan!

  29. Happy New Year my sweet friend....may it be filled with JOY and oodles of blessings. It is always such a joy to visit you and your adorable images and sweet little animal friends~ thank you for making 2013 amazing for me. xoxo

  30. Hello, dear designer,

    I am on the hunt for a turtle pattern. I just know your boy bunny is the perfect little man to start with but I have no idea how to bring that wrinkled belly and handsomeness into a turtle! So, when you have a moment, and decide a turtle would be a great addition to join you little family of tearoom inhabitants, please let me know!

  31. Happy New Year Susan! I've been away from blogging for awhile and it was such a pleasure looking back through all your lovely makings! Can't wait to see what's in store this year!
    xx Shari (my new blog is The Stitch I do hope you'll pop over for a visit!)

  32. I like those cheery little flowers! Happy New Year to you too! :)

  33. Happy New Year Susan and thank you for your ever so cheerful,lovely and stimulating posts...
    Erna x

  34. I love your blog and your work. So beautiful and an inspiration. Hope you have a wonderfully creative 2014 Susan.

  35. Hi Susan, I love looking in on your blog site you're an inspiration I'm sure to all your readers. Your ideas and designs are beautiful and when ever I read your up dates thy give me a (kick) get up and go not that I'm busy but a reminder to do the things I like knitting, baking just being creative time out. Your cushion cover looks great cannot wait to see the finished article and your creative ideas for 2014 which I know will be worth waiting for. Happy new year to you and your family best wishes Jackie xx:)

  36. Such a lovely post, I loved looking back over your year, such lovely photos, I'm looking forward to seeing your future posts, fab blog :) x

  37. Happy New Year Susan :-) Your collages of 2013 are really inspirational, and your mice (especially the fairisle pinafore!) are soooo cute! Nicole x

  38. Happy New Year
    That cushion looks lovely
    Julie xxxx

  39. Isn't it a great feeling of accomplishment to learn a new skill? It just opens up a door of opportunity to create. I was working on a project that had some very tedious (zzzzzzzzzz...sorry, drifted off asleep thinking about it) repeats so to liven things up I learned 3 new (to me) techniques. In December I learned how to knit continental and reverse continental and on another project instead of doing colorwork on circs, I learned how to use dpns. I had never touched them before and was amazed at the difference in gauge I had. You just have to keep learning and thats what I love about working with yarn--endless possibilities! Happy New Year, Susan and happy creating ! : )

  40. Welcome to 2014 dear Susan. You made some wonderful things in 2013 and I can't wait to see what you get up to this year. I am sure you have had a wonderful time with your darling girlies, enjoy the last few days, hugs xx

  41. What a wonderful surprise ... I have just come back to blogland after an enormously busy year and find you are hookin! Well done you and oh so beautifully too! I will be back for more! Heather xxx

  42. Such beautiful makes this year Susan....I know how much I enjoyed watching your cat and mouse throw, in fact this year some colour work is definitely on the cards....maybe start off with something more within my reach though! I also love the ewes and rams throw...have you seen is equally brilliant.

    Crochet is a fun pastime isn't it, somehow I find it more forgiving than knitting, although I love the fabric of knitting...I think over the last year my knitting time is becoming equal to my crocheting time, which I never thought would be the case. This year I would like to add some more sewing into the mix, but goodness knows when I'll fit that in!

    I'm along on this magic carpet....looking forward to it!

    1. Thank you Faith...Colourwork is so addictive...and yes....I love the throw you've mentioned...would be lovely to make it one day soon (we could definitely do with a few more hours in the day, couldn't we? :D )

  43. Happy new year to you Susan! A completely gorgeous post, you made some really beautiful things in 2013 and I am really looking forward to seeing what you make this year. Your new cushion looks so lovely. Thank you for the tips about Pinterest and Ravelry! Still trying to get my head around them but thank you will give your advice a go. I am ladybird diaries in Pinterest ... Hopefully will have a link on my blog soon!
    Marianne s

  44. Oh lovely what a feast for the eyes this post is! So many beautiful makes, lots of gorgeousness to revel in. Looking forward to seeing more this year. Brightest Blessings Tracy

  45. I love seeing your blog posts pop up in my email inbox, they always make my sigh with happiness! So totally looking forward to more lovely posts from you in 2014! Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year x

  46. Happy new year! thanks for sharing your beautiful makes they are gorgeous :)

    Bee happy x

  47. Happy new year, what a lovely collection of creations, I always love your colour combinations, just perfect! x

  48. Happy New Year - what gorgeous gorgeous images from your past year :O) Love the colours you use, they are just delightful x

  49. Awww.... all so sweet! You had a wonderful 2013 with lovely projects, wishing you another fruitful year ahead, happy 2014!

  50. Here's wishing you a 2014 as colourful and productive as 2013 clearly was!

    I ♥ knitting and its amazing versatility too :)

  51. Oh those adorable button eyes, staring at me with such sweetness! And could you imagine all of these sweet creatures joining us for a cup of that FANTASTIC TEA infused with flowers?

    SUSAN! Thank you kindly for coming to visit my post. Beauty is everywhere, but I often forget to see it in what is not so beautiful to the eye; I hope to uncover some of that kind of beauty this my poetry.

    May you continue to create the colorful love you share here....I LOVE IT! Be well today, Anita

  52. A beautiful post; I look forward to following your lovely blog through 2014 ~

  53. Belated happy new year wishes Susan. Lovely post, as always. I don't know how I missed it but I didn't see the post about the pattern addition for shoes. If it's okay can you please let me know how I go about adding this pattern to the ones I already have from you. It's always a pleasure to stop by.

  54. Thank you Ann...your pattern is on the way and Happy 2014 to you and your family...x

  55. Your creations and lovely pictures never fail to delight me. You're an inspiration to us all. Keep those cuties coming...

  56. You've made so many cute things for us to feast our eyes on! I love that little mouse!