Welcome to November's Winter Project Link Party! I hope you will want to join me in sharing your current craft projects in a friendly, supportive link-up. My crafty efforts have mostly been focused on cross-stitch lately, as I work (slightly feverishly) to complete a sampler for the GB's room. I plan to give it to her as a Christmas present, so my time is a bit limited, but I've been making good progress. I'd say I'm a bit over halfway finished in early November, so I think I'll make it. The sampler design is My Sweetiepie ABC's by Alicia Paulson; this is the third sampler designed by Alicia that I have made, and it's just as lovely as the others. As usual, I'm enjoying the work very much.
This is the full view as it looks right now. I just stitched "q" yesterday, isn't the bed with quilt adorable? I think it's my second-favorite motif so far, after "h," the house. I also really enjoyed stitching the kettle for "k." Every motif has been nice to stitch, but the pie for "p" was a little challenging, I'll be honest. I lost my place a few times and almost made a couple of mistakes. The "lattice" design of the top crust threw me off a little. It's also possible that I was daydreaming about pie.
These are the motifs I've stitched since the last time I shared my progress on the sampler. It's going fast. I try to work on it while the GB is in school, but I do sometimes work on it while she's at home. She doesn't know that it's for her, so I think I'm safe. I have to sit in my chair in the living room with the sun behind me to work; the linen weave is very fine and a bit hard to see. If I only worked while she's at school, four mornings a week, I'd never finish.
While I stitch, my yarn and my hexes sit forlornly near my desk. I've done very little crochet lately. I'd like to make a few small things before Christmas, but will probably pull them out at the last minute, once I've delivered my sampler to the framer. Then I can crochet in leisure, which I'm looking forward to. In past winters, I've put a lot of pressure on myself to finish big crochet projects and I'm not doing that anymore. All the crochet jobs are already taken! I'd rather take it slow and enjoy the work. So, yarn and hexes, I'll be seeing you in December.
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