There were a lot of amazing (as always) patterns and items this year and yes I bought far too many of them! LOL.
But I have a few favourites I want to share in particular; including one which I plan to start in the next couple of months!
As many of you know I have an obsession with Ink Circles, Jeannette Douglass Designs and Mill Hill Kits. So it won't surprise you that almost half of what I bought is from those three designers/companies. I'm nothing if not predictable.
First up in this photo is this amazingly beautiful Journey pattern from Jeannette Douglass and a lovely new Mill Hill kit (there are six in the series and I want them all!).
My parents travel a lot and so I'm excited to stitch this little beauty up for me Mom. With the lovely pastel colours, gorgeous silk threads (in thread pack) and Jeannette's ability to integrate specialty/embroidery stitches I cannot wait to start it. This will be the first start from this set of purchases for sure! (also because it has a destination).
In this second photo is the stunning 'companion' piece to last year's Sumatra Dragon from Ink Circles. It's trees!! Somewhere between fantasy themes, autumn, halloween and mandalas is a love of patterns that are forest or tree related. The effort that Tracey from Ink Circles put into investigating and putting together this pattern is amazing. I love that the pattern comes with the story about how Tracey landed on the design and what her influences were. A piece that while large will make a stunning heirloom for those that stitch it.
Also in this photo is an adorable new pattern from Brenda Garvis (another designer I adore) and the cutest little Wizard of Oz pattern! I really need to stitch up at least one of the multitude of Oz patterns I have collected over the years.
In Other News:
Thanks again for thoughts and well wishes on my infected finger. It's doing quite good. No more meds or bandaging needed; although there is a lot of yucky blood and colours under the nail that will take the next couple months to grow out (or so I'm told). I guess it's a good reminder not to chew, pick or cut at my cuticles for the next couple months. Maybe that will help me have some self-control? (but let's face it probably not).
I have to catch up on my Etsy shop, file taxes, and it's my local Comic Con/Expo next weekend! So much to do that stitching time is a bit scarce. BUT I will maybe share some highlights from Comic Expo after next weekend and in May I plan to get some good progress going on a bunch of items. Including a new start on a children's sampler for a friend and finishing up that last pesky dragon! I also really need to get back to Alice. Thankfully I can at least get to it all again with my finger no longer trying to kill me. :)