Every year for the past several years I have started a new stitching project on New Year’s Day. And somehow giving a piece that distinction makes it special to me. I suppose for me it’s a way of celebrating and honoring the new year. Some of my past New Year’s starts have been Mystery IX Jardin du Roi (2006), Mermaids of the Deep Blue (2008), At Home with Jane Austen (2009), And They Sinned (2010), Paradise Lost (2011), and A Return to the Sea with Jane Austen (2013). I’ve had a couple of years where I chose to keep going on a WIP rather than start something new (most notably on Margaret Cottam, which allowed me to finish her on January 7 of 2012), but for the most part it’s a new start.
You may notice that two of those NYD starts were companion pieces from The Sampler Girl, At Home with Jane Austen and A Return to the Sea with Jane Austen. Both were very enjoyable stitches and I finished them within a month or so of starting them. Which brings us to my NYD start for 2014. Tanya was having a sale on many of her patterns last year and I took the opportunity to get the third companion piece for the Jane Austen series that At Home and Return to the Sea are part of, Good Tidings with Jane Austen.
I am glad to finally be sharing my NYD start and first finish of the year. I’ve been working along on a few pieces, including two new starts, that I can’t wait to post about.
I am grateful for cookie butter.