So (I almost typed "sew") in the meantime I needed a little project to work on until I can get going again, and I picked this one by LHN from the 2004 Christmas Ornament issue. It's been great to work on while I sit by the steaming hot pool where my son is taking swimming lessons. And it had an unintended benefit. One of the lifeguards came over to see what I was doing, and it turns out she is an avid knitter who wants to set up a group that meets to sit and chat while crafting. No one in my 'regular" life here stitches and it would be so nice to find some company every now and then. I'm hoping she does more than talk about it, because if she sets it up, I'm in!
I have been stitching for awhile now, more than a few years looking back at my blog posts, and I'd like to be branching out a bit to something more complex than my usual choices. This is my ultimate goal - I bought this from eBay years ago, but it has always scared the heck out of me to try something large with real color changes. The chart came kitted with linen and all the DMC needed for it - when I first saw the linen I thought I would never ever be able to use it, but of course now I use nothing but, so I can't use that as an excuse anymore. Actually, looking at the pattern the color changes are not that hard - there are lots of blocks of color more than actual changes. I tend to be a one project at a time stitcher, so if I stitched it my blog would become awfully focused on one thing, but I do feel the pull to challenge myself a bit more. I'm not quite ready to try it yet, but it's in my sights. I'd love to give it to my mother - the verse reads:
You may have riches and wealth untold,
baskets of jewels and caskets of gold,
but richer than I you will never be,
for I had a mother who read to me.
That's the news from my little corner of the world. Hope all is going well in yours!