I discovered facebook just before Christmas, and new ways to waste time. Unfortunately, my blog suffered. I’ve missed it.
I’m going to start with the good stuff: a Christmas surprise! A while back, I posted about my love at first sight for a pair of scissors by Kelmscott designs. It went on my wish list straight away, and there it stayed. Until–My father read my blog and ordered them for me! Talk about the magic of Christmas! I didn’t even think to mention these scissors to anyone. Happy, happy, joy, joy! 🙂
It wasn’t the only stitchy gift I received, but it won this year’s prize for most bestest surprise. Such a treat. You think you’re too old for this stuff, and then you find out you’re wrong.
I started a new project on New Year’s Day: Patty Parsley by Carriage House Samplings. I started stitching it over one on 28-ct. black fabric. An insane choice. Stitching on black is hard enough, I have to try to do it over one? I think I’m going back to my original choice: over two on 40-ct. Another mistake was using floss that was too long. It stretched out and looks ugly, which, thankfully, you can’t discern in this photo. Here’s what I managed to stitch on New Year’s Day:
In my Meme for the New Year post, I mentioned that I’ve started Missing You by Prairie Moon. I lamented my fabric choice. Sharon mentioned in her comment to the post that she’s interested in seeing my color choices. Sorry to keep you waiting so long, Sharon. I have no excuse. I haven’t managed to take a good picture, unfortunately. I’m stitching it on Lavender Bliss, and I think it’s too stark, especially with the mustard-colored floss (whose proper name escapes me at the moment) in the center of the sun and cross. I wish I had a better picture. It does look better in natural light than under my daylight lamp, but I’m not loving it. I think I’d be better off with a more standard neutral color.
This picture isn’t very sharp or well-lighted. It looks better in the photo than IRL.
Last year I began working on the Carriage House Alphabet Blocks. I plan to stitch each as a pillow ornament. Yes, I’m stitching front and back. Yes, I’m mad, mad I tell you! This is what I accomplished last year, sometime in July. I don’t believe I posted this picture on the blog.
For the rest of this month, I’ve been working on D, E and F. I started getting sick of it. Every time I’d start stitching, I’d think, “Yes, but what I really want to stitch is PINK!” So I found something pink and finished it last weekend. I’m not sure I’m over my need for pink. I’ve been making very slow progress on the alphabet blocks. Creeping along, stitch by stitch.
Stitched one over one on 32-ct. Bo Peep Linen using WDW Romance floss.
Next time (maybe even tomorrow!) I’ll share the wonderfulness that is my son, and how it shone today.