When I was a little girl, my mom was a cross stitcher. She had samplers and other pieces she had done hanging in the house, she had patterns and thread and fabric and beads in a drawer in her sewing room, and she taught me the basics. The only thing I really remember making was a bookmark, and that was decades ago.
A few years ago, Kevin sent me a teeny little stocking stuffer-ish cross stitch kit. I had so much fun trying it out again! Eventually I found my way to The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and fell in love with their patterns. I purchased this one and went out and got my supplies. I worked on it some, but was honestly a little discouraged at how slow of a process it was. I have had this issue a few times, I keep thinking about how much faster and easier knitting is for me and then I get frustrated. So when we moved, the cross stitch got packed up and that was that.
Fast forward to last week, when by hook or crook I found myself in a real cross stitch shop. It’s local to me—yay!—and is patently amazing. So many patterns, beautiful fabric and thread, and all the notions you could dream of. I decided to give it one more try—on something small. They had a lovely selection of pincushion patterns and that seemed like a great way to go.
I got home and got started that weekend but as a I worked on the first few bits… I couldn’t really see them. I was straining my eyes and giving myself a headache just trying to see where to place the next stitch. On Kevin’s mom’s recommendation, enter my shiny new Ott Lite. It lights my desk up like daylight and I was able to proceed with my stitching.
The shop was missing one color, so at the moment I only lack the brown for the roof and the sheep, the bottom border, and the backstitching. It’s a wee bit wrinkly since I’m trying the in-hand technique. I have it in a hoop here so it’s easier to see, but I’ve been stitching without a hoop. I like working that way a lot. On a side note, washi tape does not work well on the edges of linen. Not at all.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this project so far. I am trying to let go and not be frustrated by the fact that I could knit a whole sock in the time that it takes me to cross stitch half of a pincushion. It is a very different style of making, and I am enjoying flexing my creativity in other ways.
YoM day 25: Sock knitting
YoM day 26: Sock and hat knitting, with the teeniest bit of cross stitch to finish the grass
Happy making to you!
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😊 I wish I was fast at knitting but truthfully when I knit my hand cramps a lot more so I have to take many breaks. Yes cross stitching is a slow process I find it helps not to keep thinking about how it will look in the end. Also I find taking progress pictures helps because when you think you haven’t gotten very far you can look back at your last one and see how much you actually have done.
You are so right about progress pictures! It definitely helps me to see how much I’ve gotten done 🙂 Breaks are good, and you can also up hand stretches to help.
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