After I was very good with my finishes in December, I treated myself to a New Year's start...and a January 3rd finish! Yup, it was a small one, but I'm still happy to have stayed this focused for three days.
I've been meaning to stitch Little House Needleworks' Little Sheep Virtue series for a couple of years now - I own four of the patterns with the called for buttons and fabric for six and probably will boy the others soon. The first of the patterns is 'Hope', and I thought this was a great sentiment to start the new year on, so my first couple of stitches went in shortly after midnight on January 1st. It took me two days to stitch the border and one day for the inside:
Isn't it cute? I love the little sheep with his fluffy white body and dark legs and head! I'm stitching these on 32ct raw linen that's a little lighter than what was suggested, so I switched out the Ecru charted for the snow and snowflake for a true white (B5200 since I couldn't find any Blanc, but I think it looks good), since it looked a little dirty otherwise. I also had a special colour set aside for the sheep itself - a handdyed by Nina's thread called 'White Sheep' that I'm planning in all of the patterns (or almost all, I think some of the sheep are all brown).
Total time: 8:48 h.
Right now my plans are to start one of these patterns during each of the starting events I'll take part in during the course of the year - they are fun and easy to stitch, and it'll be a good ways into the series! Not sure how to do the finish-finishes yet, but I still have time to decide.