I’ve been watching the flyers for the department stores to
keep track of what the trend in jewelry styles are in my neck of the woods. It
seems to me that the fad of super big earrings is waning for the styles I
gravitate to. A recent trip to the mall reinforced that notion. So, I spent a
few hours looking over my stash of doodads and findings and beads and patterns.
I have several ideas I like the thought of. One of them is a pattern Georgia
found on a site from Russia. earring number 7 At least I remember it was Russia. If someone
remembers differently, please let me know.
I was watching a bit of a Nature show on TV the other day.
Several ducklings, just 2 days old, were leaving the nest in a tree trunk to
join their mother on a small lake. Great entertainment. And a bit close to real
life right now. My son has touched down for a few moments as he transitions to
college life from military life. We are marveling at how capable he is in his
independence. We’re trying not to meddle, just support with a question or two
and lots of listening. I’ve even shared a few stories of my transition time
from teen to adult life. The roughest part of it for me has been keeping some
semblance of calm for my two very neurotic cats. They are just not good hosts
to my son’s cat. Fortunately, they are all used to being indoors and in small
places. Mostly, the females just hiss and spit and swipe without contact. So,
there has been no fur flying. Yet….. Could be interesting at Christmas…….
I picked up my canvas for Sacred Threads. It’s gorgeous.
Here’s a pic of the design as painted byCandace Designs.
Canvas #3 by Candace Designs
I can’t wait to get started, but I have a couple of tatting
projects I’d like to finish first. Besides, I need to learn how to needlepoint
to this level; a block M in acrylic knitting yarn isn’t even close to the technique
needed for this. I do love a challenge though!
Several months ago, I submitted a name for Barb at HandyHands. She thought my idea was just right. Not too goofy, not too mundane, but
just right! Thank you!! Here’s what my brain thought looked like a lovely
garden of herbs:
It was in the box that arrived yesterday along with a
collection of size 40 thread.
I love sitting in on the Monday class that AKTatter
monitors. I’ve learned a lot. Found a ton of good patterns. Discovered tatters
from all over the world. Most importantly, I’ve learned how to talk tatting.
Celtic Cross by Yvonne Reypa
This pattern discussed during was a recent class.
I am always intrigued with “celtic” patterns and how the chains weave. With
this cross, the weaving is done with rings; a bigger challenge. After sitting
in on the discussion and looking at what others have said about the pattern, I
attempted my version. The thread is size 10 Manuela. I felt like I was always
one DS away from a mistake that would be hard to correct, but I think I’ve got
I think this will end up on a blanket a friend is knitting.
Don’t know yet. We’ll see……..
Well, my time in October ended up spent on helping. Not a
bad activity. The opportunities were presented, after discussing them with
those to whom I’m responsible, and a bit of prayer, I plunged in. I won’t bore you
with the detail; lots of sorting, donating, and other tedious tasks. I will
mention 2 activities I’ve been helping with:
Relocating my son. He’s leaving Active Duty and continuing
with his college courses. I’d forgotten what 2000 lbs. of household goods looks
like on a moving van. I‘m excited for him. He is an intelligent, talented young
man who has a lot to give to the world. He has learned much, and will learn more.
Sacred Thread ministry at St. Andrew’s. There’s a set of
special stained glass windows in the church. If you’re not close enough to drop
by, you can get a feel for them in this photo: http://www.st-andrews-saratoga.org/about-us/take-a-look-around/
. The building isn’t that old, but the church is vibrant. It sounds holy. It
looks holy. You can pray there in silence, in song, in color. A group of
stitchers has created needlepoint kneelers that have been used for years.
Recently, a more portable, flexible set was added to the collection. The
process has spawned a growing ministry. To stitch our faith in yarn and canvas.
That’s a long explanation to my activities for this group. I
mostly do clerical tasks. I’ve not stitched needlepoint in many, many years. I’m
more comfortable with a shuttle to tat. But, when the interest to help grows
from 5-6 stitchers to 50, help for the mundane tasks is needed…..desperately. It’s
been exciting to see this group gets started with the canvases. They even convinced
me to try one. With over 200 chairs to stitch and get mounted, many hands will
be a help. I know it is another item for my calendar, but it is a worthy task.
I’m still bouncing around ideas for the People Look East
design. I had fun coming up with a snowflake design. It doesn’t exactly work as
it’s designed right now. When I get it tweaked, I’ll post it. Meanwhile, I’m
working on a cute bee pattern. The designer is not keen on me posting a picture
yet. I promise I’ll keep track of the file though!