Hello! Happy August!
I was hoping I could sneak back for a quickie update. It's funny that you can have lots of extra time during the summer for fun little pursuits, but keeping up with the day to day routines seems harder somehow.
My house is a mess: I don't recall the last time I gave it more than a quick sweep. I have been doing laundry, but the clean clothes sit in the basket until the basket is almost empty. I think I must be rebelling a bit because I feel summer is going way to quickly. Perhaps the more I act like a sloth, the more I feel I will really have had some time off. That kind of thinking must be logical somewhere, right?
Despite all this heel digging I have been making. The orderly part of me that is still trying to get through the mountains of yarn has been preparing for future cleaning. I am (still!) going through my cotton yarn stash. I now have enough dishcloths, swiffer covers and scrubbers to last for a very long time. I am also working on a colourful mat for somewhere in the house, just because the thought of stitching up fifteen more dishcloths was a little depressing.
I do feel I can see the light at the end of this Bernat Handicrafter tunnel though: once the mat is finished I have allocated almost all the rest of the cotton stash to specific projects. They may not get started right away, but at least the yarn left over will have Purpose, and that changes the way I feel about it.
I tend to cross stitch less in the summer, so other than some birthday cards and a yet-to-be finished ornament, I have just been poking my needle into a few of my current WIP's. I joined a Facebook stitch-along for August whose theme is 'All Creatures Great and Small': for this I brought out the butterfly kit I purchased last summer.
I signed up for Stitch From Stash again, and am hoping to do a bit better this time around. 'Miserable Failure' would be the right way to describe my last attempt at it!
I started off with a decent sized finish, so that combined with the three small finishes leaves me in the black at fifteen dollars.
This chart is by Veronique Enginger, one of my favourite French designers. The chart is from her book, 'Douceurs et gourmandises au point de croix'.
I have done a tad of sewing too, but I think if this was not for another person I would not have it finished yet! Another project bag for cross stitch with a sparkly needleminder, and two Eiffel Tower stitch markers because they also knit and crochet. It's pretty obvious I love a good theme!
Now here we are, almost to the middle of August and fall seems to be waiting just around the corner. As much as I want summer for a bit longer, I can feel the shift in my mind as I catch myself thinking about meal planning and cooler weather home projects. Time marches on I guess, but it would be nice if it just stopped to put its feet up for a little bit wouldn't it?
Enjoy the rest of your summer: I'll be back next time with another crafty slice of life. 😊