First, let me say thank you for the positive comments. I am really enjoying the blogging and the feedback really helps.
The idea of "a needlebook a month" was something discussed among stitching friends last year and here we are nearing the end of April and I have done 3. I also have to do one for a swap on the Country Bumpkin Forum - I know I could use one of the monthly ones but this is a special project, over and above.
About taking your stitching with you when visiting friends: my rule of thumb is that if I knittted, would I take my knitting with me? Knitting seems to be something people accept so I think they will accept my stitching. I don't take it if there are little children or dogs in the house in case I drop a pin or a needle. I don't take it if I don't know the people well. Otherwise I take a little bag of stitching with me. It is amazing how much you can do while waiting for the doctor, or visiting someone in hospital and definitely on holidays.
Anne I love the idea of a place mat a month - or maybe a tray cloth. Perhaps we can do that next year.