The samurai is on hold for now. I got into a good rhythm and was having fun, but I noticed that sometime all those years ago I made a counting mistake and just noticed it. It’s big enough that it would take more time to fix it than to just start over. I didn’t want to start over on New Year’s Eve, so I grabbed another old kit I’ve had for years. Penny gave it to me years ago…and I’m having a blast! The colors are bright and perfect. I already got quite a bit done considering I don’t have a lot of craft time, even on our winter break. I’ll get to work on it during gymnastics practice tonight. Whee!
SO I spent the first part of 2018 cross stitching, drinking tea, and watching Top Gear. I’d say that’s a fine start to the year!
The Frosted Pumpkin’s 2017 Happily Ever After SAL:
I know I babble a lot about new projects and I’m so excited blahblahpromisesblahblah. So, starting now and into 2018, I’m going to work on focusing. On everything. I don’t need to do everything all the time! It’s been tough, honestly, I’m so used to multi-tasking I get lost in things and forget to appreciate them.
I thought the best cross stitch to finish this year (2018) and focus on would be The Mighty Samurai by Dimensions Gold. I bought this kit…geez…15-20 years ago?? It was my biggest goal, my unicorn. I got this far in it on 2004 (see below) and picked it up today. It’s such a lovely pattern; the colors, blending, etc. Way back when we watched a bunch of Toshiro Mifune movies and I did the work in the pic. I named this guy Toshiro because naming things comes naturally. ;-)
I’m going to take this to the in-laws for Christmas eve/Christmas gatherings along with my kindle.
And nothing else. No knitting, crochet, two more books, my planner, etc etc etc. I need to slow my brain down and focusing should help that, plus I get to work on my most anticipated project! I’ve had this guy on my mind for so long…what a relief to concentrate on it. Speaking of, I’m trying to only read one book at a time too! Ugh so hard!! But I foudn some cool looking ones by Clive Barker, the (or “my”) master of the terrifying horror novel. I blew through Hellbound Heart this week and just started The Scarlet Gospels. Since most of his work was published in the UK, it’s hard to find copies here, especially on Kindle. So I may have to visit my friendly neighborhood bookstore for more once I finish Scarlet Gospels.
Anyway, babbles over. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and if nothing else, a boring one or even better, a warm and relaxing one! Remember you are loved and it’s always ok to believe in a little magic.
I forgot to post this, but I finished it last Wednesday! One more left!!
This has been such a fun project, I already bought another pattern (from CloudsFactory) to do next year, a little at a time. CF released this as a SAL for 2017, but since it’s December the whole pattern is available. Score! I also bought Maya Angelou and plan to add her to the piece and replace a couple others with Sally Ride and Margaret Hamilton. I’ll have to design those myself but that’s totally part of the fun!
I’m actually almost done with December (Sleeping Beauty) for this SAL, I’m hoping to finish it tonight! Then I can sign it and iron it. I think I’ll splurge and wait for a coupon, then get it professionally framed. I want to hang it next to our wedding pictures.
To be honest, I cleared out some old patterns and a kit or two, hoping to clear up some mental space and get to projects I really want to do! I’m excited I finished some things this year and I’m hopeful/excited to finish MORE next year. I want cross stitches all over my walls. ;)
We were out all day so not much stitching was done. (I only filled in Arthur’s crown today) I took a couple nice pictures at the top of the peak though! It’s not often one gets to crochet on a tram and at 10,000+ feet above sea level.