The last two weeks have been busy with kids’ school, husband’s Masters work, my work and home schedule and youth group events. It seems that every day is full to the brim with plenty to accomplish and never enough hours to do it all. In addition, the weather has turned colder this week which is a necessary but not totally welcome change in our part of the country. We saw our first snow for this year just four days ago and while it was not very deep, it covered the front lawn for awhile. The snow only lasted long enough to freak out everyone on the road before it melted and then the temperatures plunged into the mid-20s to low-40s. I do not mind the low 40s but we were used to 50s and 60s so my blood needs to thicken up again.
Another ornament was started on the 1st of February and completed on the 9th. I honestly cannot tell you why it took so long other than I thought I would never finish the blue. This is “O Starry Night” from the 2008 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue and designed by Little by Little Design Co. I used a scrap of Aida and the called for DMC colors. In between stitching on this ornament I also worked on DH’s Earl Grey socks. While I have been stitching on them many days, I still haven’t completed the foot so that I can knit the toe. When I get that far I will take another picture. I did cast on a pair of socks with non-wool yarn on the 2nd, but have not gotten past the ribbing. The color is a lovely mash up of pinks and other colors so I am using a pattern that is fairly simple with no lace and very little texture.
DH and I celebrated 28 years of marriage a day early on the 10th of this month. He took me out to one of our favorite local Mexican restaurants called Jalapenos for dinner in between a youth event in the afternoon and set up for another youth event late in the same evening. We had a two enchilada dinner plate with rice and beans followed by flan which we shared. Because our anniversary falls in one of the busiest times of our youth group work, we have not really been able to celebrate it for the past four years so this year, we made a point of taking time out. I must say it was lovely to spend time together without other interruptions.
On the 13th of the month, I pulled out a piece of Valentine’s fabric that DH did not know I had purchased and after digging through my patterns, cut out and sewed a pair of long boxer shorts for DH for Valentine’s. He had mentioned just last week how much he liked the other pair I made. There are no pictures, however I can tell you that he has already worn them twice so I believe they were a hit. He loves them for sleeping in.
Lastly, on Valentine’s Day I finished up a cross stitch project that I have been working on for a long time. I actually put it away for several years because I made mistakes and when I pulled it back out, I could not figure out where they were so I just fudged and finished it anyway. Please ignore the wrinkles. I had this in a hoop which is not the way I usually stitch, and wanted to post a picture before anymore time passed. The fabric is a pale pink Aida in 18 or 22-count. DMC threads in the called-for colors were used except for the edge of the wings and the small silver needle in her left hand. The edge of her wings is a Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid in orange. The needle is a single long stitch using a silver Kreinik 001HL thread. The pattern is “Nostalgic Notions” from a Leisure Arts book titled Sweeter than the Rose that was given to me by my mom in 1998. Some of the patterns in it are very dated, but there are a few more that I would like to stitch. This one will be used to make the Needlework Organizer in the book. However, I am not sure just when I will put it together as I will need to purchase the vintage-look material and that will require a trip to Joann’s with stitching in hand.
So for now I can only say that I have started the second ornament for this month designed by Milady’s Needle. I do not have much done at all and can say that this one may take a bit of time as it is on 36-count linen one over two and I have not stitched that way in a long time or that small of a linen count. The stitches are delicate and that is very enjoyable. Maybe when I post again I will have a progress picture to share.
Thank you for your encouragement. Wish me luck as I try to avoid sending an order in to Knit Picks or 123stitch just yet. DH found some yarn that he likes at Knit Picks however he does not wear sweaters as they are too hot for him and the yarn is worsted weight. I would not know what to make out of it and while I love to fondle yarn, other than worsted weight socks, I’m not sure what I would knit. The order to 123stitch will happen eventually as I need a Dinky Dye floss and some whisper thread for two future ornaments, but I’m hoping to delay it just a bit longer.