Wednesday 30 September 2020

The Soothing Properties of Grass - Lockdown SAL

Lots of work on that minty grass again tonight, largely I've generally been unimpressed with the colour.  However tonight, for some reason, the stitching of it was soothing.  Definitely felt like I needed it, it's been a long week today.. Working from home constantly is getting me down, and I'm trying to arrange some time to work in an office, but nothing about the process is going smoothly.  Add to that a few days filled with complex work and tight deadlines, and it's enough to fill my head with difficult thoughts. 

Really enjoyed the get together on Skype tonight, I'll let my BFF tell you about the children's playground songs that pervaded our nattering on

Wednesday 23 September 2020

All over the place - Lockdown SAL

Finally starting to feel like there's a single picture emerging, although the bizarre peppermint shade of the grass on the right still intrigues me - it looks less odd in amongst the green stuff on the left. 

This week should have been a walking week, but a local lockdown and torrential rain both put a stop to that.

We started a new variegated thread this week.  Now, most magazines have their patterns with both Anchor and DMC options, this is no exception.  However, two of the threads, Stormy Seas and Mountain Stream, did not have any alternative suggestions.  Fair enough, methinks, I will break with my habits and buy the Anchor threads for those 2.  Unfortunately, as I have had the pattern saved for several years, they have been discontinued so weren't available for purchase.

So, a search was required, and with a bit of Internet wizardry (read Google search), I found a site which compared DMC alternatives to Anchor threads, and suggested levels of closeness.  So the dark path is DMC 4240, replacing Anchor Stormy Seas.  There is a teeny bit of single strand work, and more to come in the rest of the piece in 2 strands.  Feels like there's less variation between the lights and darks in this thread than the variegated green grass.

There's a bit of stuff all over the place this week, which is representative of the state of my head... A busy day in a busy week. 

Head over to to see my BFF's progress.. As she beat me to it this week! 

Thursday 17 September 2020

Oh, Leaf me alone!! Lockdown SAL

This week is the first time I have been stressed out by anything on the  current SAL project.  Making some progress with the medium tree leaves, not the variegated ones yet, but the single coloured ones.  Somewhere in last week's stitching, I have gone wrong.  I didn't discover the error until this week.

On reflection I have decided to 'leaf it alone', as it will be surrounded by a sea of variegated greens later, and leaves are individual.

Enjoyed our get-together again though, we managed decent weather for a walk last week, so a bit of stitching time felt overdue.

With a potential local Lockdown impending again, I'm glad that we have built up a good habit of Skype sessions.

Here is the latest progress, check out for my BFF's update.

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Gifted Gorgeousness - September

Oo, just sneaking in for this month's Gifted Gorgeousness event at the last minute, hosted by the lovely Jo at on the 15th of each month.

This is the (almost) completed Golden wedding sampler for my parents, this coming weekend.  

It's the second adaptation of Claire Crompton's Finding Mr Right pattern for me, I loved it so much I made their Ruby anniversary sampler from it 10 years ago, I can't quite believe it's been so long!!  Here it is for comparison, I wanted to keep the bones of the pattern intact to symbolise the unchanging love they have for one another, but I didn't want to simply recreate the original variant with golden threads.

I still need to find a frame and press the completed item, but I'm pleased to have finished the stitching on time at least.

My parents' long and happy marriage is something we aspire to ourselves.   In addition, we almost share a wedding anniversary, when we were choosing our wedding day, we decided to hold it just 2 days after their anniversary.  We'll have been married for 18 years this year, a mere drop in the ocean compared to the 50 years of my parents.  But I can't imagine spending my life with anyone else.

Thursday 3 September 2020

The lure of forbidden fruit - Lockdown SAL

This time round, it didn't seem to matter which thread I was stitching with, something else always appealed.  So as a consequence, I did a little bit of a lot of things!! Some medium tree bark, a wee bit of leaves for the medium trees, half a house, oh and a smattering of grass!!

We're finding it massively fascinating just how differently the same project is looking for us both, we even saved our 'ta-da' moments till the end of the session.

Head to to find out how my BFF's version looks.