I didn’t get much done this week again but I’m not as upset about it. For one thing, I had so much craziness in my life and for another, it was time to work on one of my bigger squares.
I found some old cross stitch pattern books in my storage space and I hadn’t even opened one of them since I flipped through it when I got it. There were a lot of smaller patterns in it and I picked the pattern I wanted. Then things happened like Clair Brett’s super-fun Facebook party and I kept putting it off so I ended up having to go with a smaller design that utilizes negative space. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. Yes, I have fallen victim to the lure of the empty canvas.
Amanda’s square was the cute little mouse up there, and I can’t even begin to express how adorable I think it is. The little dress and the Christmas lights are just too much. She’s still got two tiny squares to go and I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with. I dropped the piece off with her yesterday morning but haven’t seen it yet so she may be finishing it on lunch.
This is the pattern I ended up using. It should have been two more stitches on either side but there was an error when I made the grid so it came out like this. It’s still even on each side, though, so I’m happy with it. This week I fully intend to use the other pattern for my next big square and then it’s time for the long border rectangle. I can’t wait to share the finished piece with you! I’m planning on framing it if possible and hanging it up in case Amanda ends up getting the park ranger job and moving to the back end of nowhere. She wants to do a Joan Elliott themed one so I guess we could mail it to one another in that case but that would be a huge pain. It would be worth it for friendship, though. It also gives me a way to relax between my two jobs (three if you include writing, which I totally do), and it doesn’t hurt my hands as much as gripping a crochet hook. On to week 7!