Could be Habit-forming...
In the midst of new-year-student fever in September, I hooked into the Cross-stitchers' forum on Ravelry, and joined a fall Stitch-along (SAL) and swap. For the SAL, I'm supposed to be working on the Pacific Northwest Sampler I started early last year for my brother-in-law and his wife's 25th anniversary (they don't know about it, and it's only 1/2 finished. The anniversary was last December. Sigh.) Haven't touched it yet. However, I have managed to fnish a dear little biscornu (type of pin-cushion) for the swap (shhhhh---don't point anyone in the Rav group to this blog; it's supposed to be a surprise).
I posted about the start of this some weeks back (September 19th, actually)...using the free pattern for a fall-themed biscornu from The Victoria Sampler. Well, I chose my own colours from a selection of thread samples in Autumn tones given to me by my friend, Jeannette, plus a ball of #8 'Pearl Cotton' by Valdani in a variegated colourway for the hardanger centre.
In the end, though, I think it worked out fine. Plus...I thought the finishing was going to be far more fiddly than it was, and I like the buttons I chose (a different one is on the back, which is plain linen). And the shape of these things is so darned cute! I might just have to make one for me...!
P.S. A big "Thank You!" to the folks at Violarium.com for their superb biscornu finishing instructions!