Saturday, January 26, 2013


This week has been a roller coaster. I completed my first Scarlet Letter sampler and was trying to decide which project to pick back up or to start. I just couldn't make up my mind. I wanted to start AW 1662 but got scared of the different stitches involved. I thought about picking up An Acrostic Sampler, but didn't like the linen provided. I decided to work on another snowflake for WOCS for a little while until I could make a decision. I worked on it for a night an then this wonderful pink and white variegated yarn caught my eye. I started working on a small blanket with it until I could make a decision. I was still going back and forth when I decided to get out of the house one afternoon and when to my LNS. I figured since I didn't care for the linen sent with either sampler I would look for something else and maybe that would help me decide. I looked at my charts and wrote down what sized pieces I would need. So armed I figured I could go in and look/feel for a fabric I would fall in love with an be able to walk out. How wrong I was thinking that I could walk out without picking up anything else. I walked into the shop and the first thing I saw was all the lovely charts set out. I think I spent a good 1/2 hour looking at the different charts I didn't get a chance to look at the last time I went in. I have to admit that some of the charts were quite old (the plastic that they placed the charts in disintegrated upon touch). But there were others that were new. I figured since I had the time I would look thru them all OK, most of them (wasn't at all interested in the animal charts). I was in heaven. My wish list grew and grew but my wallet was reminding me that I did not have enough for all of them and my head was reminding me that I would still have to pack them all. :( Did that stop me from dreaming and drooling over them? Of course not!!! I picked up a couple charts/kits and carried them around with me for a while. I finally decided on...

Cat Lessons for People

As I was checking out the gentleman helping me stated that a customer came in earlier and said that they were not going to use a piece of fabric and gave it to him. He then asked me if I could use it. For about 30 seconds I was speechless then said yes, I would be able to use the piece. He then placed the fabric in my bag with no charge. I am so glad I went in and supported my local store. The second chart I picked up is...
ABC Lessons

This one I decided to use a piece of linen I received in one of my SL kits. I settled on a Mocha 32ct Lugana for AW 1662

and a 28ct Royal Linen in Spun Silver for my Acrostic Sampler.

I got home put my wonderful additions away and finally overcame my fear and started AW 1662. I am so glad I did. I am loving every stitch.

Just one more note...Parsley from Seasons of my Mind and I participated in a Valentine exchange. I posted what she sent me in an earlier post. I still love it and keep it near me in my stitching chair. My DD still asks me if she can have it. I hate disappointing her, but in this I must. I will NOT give it up. :) Now that I know Parsley has received my gift I can show you what I sent her.
Front (with the card I made)

I found the cutest heart buttons to put on the top of the little biscornu.

Ta Ta for now,
Angela the crazy cat lady (as my daughter calls me)


Nicola said...

Don't be afraid of AW, just take it one step at a time. I often find that after reading a new chart I feel overwhelmed but as you start you settle into the design. It is such a beautiful sampler and one that you can hang with tremendous pride when finished.

How lovely to be the recipient of such kindness both from the stranger in the LNS and Parsley in the exchange.

Kerryp77 said...

Beautiful charts, I've just discovered Lizzie *Kate and they are such lovely charts. Beautiful biscornu too. x

Parsley said...

I love my Valentine so much! Thanks again!

I love how some just gifted you the fabric. SWEET! I've stitched Dog Lessons. I know you'll love cat lessons.