When I came into my
Puzzled, I began to retreat to my rocking chair to ponder the meaning of the sudden intrusion of these items into what has been, for lo these many years, a knitting-only kind of craft place.
But I couldn’t sit down. These were in the way:
What the heck?! I asked Dharma what it all meant. She had no comment.
But nearby, I found this:
Whoa. Where did that come from?!?!
Oh, wait. Wait. Now I remember.
Set the Way Back Machine for 2000. Late in my pregnancy with Danger Mouse, I finished this fine example of mediocre needlepoint. I had purchased three kits on eBay when I was
Before I had knitting, I had needlepoint. I am not particularly good at it, but I do enjoy it. Like knitting, it puts me into a calm, reflective kind of mood – which is helpful, because I spend a great deal of time being about as calm, peaceful and patient as a whirling dervish. I did quite a bit of it before the knitting bug bit me, and bit me hard.
After I finished the Pacific Northwest shawl, I found myself in a kind of “eh” mood, knitting-wise. Oh, I’m not going to pretend I don’t have things on the needles that I’m working on. There is always at least a
Baby stuff! Wellllllll…
More lace? Hmmmm…
For once, it isn’t one of those ‘too many exciting things in mind not enough time!’ issues. I’m just kind of…well. Everything is a big old ‘eh’, right now. Even digging through my stash couldn’t put something EXCITING! into my mind to make – which is really, really, REALLY odd.
Seriously. If I come down with strep throat or a brain tumor next week, I will not be surprised.
Then I went to my brother’s house yesterday, and because he is one of those gracious people who feels the need to do these things, there is a framed needlepoint piece on the wall – a gift I gave them back in our We Can’t Afford Salad days.
I looked at it, and chuckled, and thought, I really used to love doing those needlepoint things!
I looked at it a little more closely and thought, This is actually pretty darned cute. Look at all those perfect little stitches! Shoot, I actually PAID ATTENTION when I did this one, didn’t I?
The stitches were so neat and even – not too tight, not too loose, nicely ‘plump’ but not ‘flabby’.
And then I thought, Hmm, don’t I still have a couple kits at home…somewhere?
So last night I found the kits, and I removed the finished work from the frames, and sorted the yarn onto my old butterfly thread sorters, and had my husband fetch the frame holder from the storage shed and here I am.
Ready to fill the void with something different. Therefore, while waiting for
If I can remember how…lessee…lighter colors first…basket-weave stitch on the larger areas…