vacation crafting
I’ve slowly been trying to stitch again. I figured vacation was the perfect time to start up again, with hours of uninterrupted me time. that’s basically what you have when you spend over a week in the poconos. well, at least if you’re tom and I. our days were filled with reading and eating, though some days we actually went hiking or to the lake. what we both wanted most was just to indulge in doing nothing. even dobby enjoyed this arrangement.


of course, a week of doing nothing requires a lot of packing (again, if you’re me) and apparently I had BIG plans. I dragged up a bag of fabric and my sewing machine along with my cutting mat and rulers (much to tom’s chagrin). I was going to finish that ’80’s quilt if it killed me. notice there’s no quilt in this post. I did daydream about it. I even looked through my fabric. but it just didn’t happen. not packing an iron will hamper most sewing plans. can I be honest here? I wasn’t that sad about it. sure, it would have been fun but I was more than ok just reading. what I was really daydreaming about, what I really wanted to do, was knit.


unfortunately, my arms aren’t ready for that yet. woolly socks and stripy cardigans are relegated to dreams for now. so I decided to slowly test out my wrists with a little x-stitching. I already started two of the farmfolk (from wee wonderfuls) earlier in the summer, so I mostly worked on the eggs and butter girl. I forgot how soothing working with little stitches was, how you loose yourself in every x. and my wrist and shoulder didn’t die, so that’s always a plus. it helps that each girl is teeny tiny. maybe I’ll be able to slowly, and I mean sloooowly, knit this fall?
I treated myself and used cachel linen with some dmc and cosmo floss. I also used some vintage floss that I inherited from one of tom’s grandmothers. I know that cosmo is now the floss to drool over, but I didn’t see a difference between it and the dmc. I loved both equally. the linen was gorgeous so I definitely suggest trying it out. now I have a x-stitching itch I need to scratch. any other cute, small patterns I should be on the lookout for?

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  • Sara September 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    those are so cute! i used to cross stitch as a kid but haven’t done it in years. those designs make me want to start up again. 🙂

  • Virginia September 9, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    The embroidery is really lovely. I particularly like the Wool one.
    Sorry that your wrists/arms aren’t up to knitting yet, but am glad you’re on the path towards healing.

  • Seanna Lea September 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I’m doing a scissors keep now and I also have a pattern that is a mix of cross-stitch and black work.
    If you like the cute cross-stitch, then there are also a number of cross-stitch patterns over at Mochimochiland.

  • Amanda Elizabeth September 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    you are CRAZY! Cosmo floss is way softer and smoother than the DMC! But I’m so glad your shoulder didn’t kill you! This means you are on the mend! And maybe we can knit something small together this fall!!!!!

  • dawn September 10, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    You need to go over and drool to your heart’s content. I want ALL of their thread cards.

  • Karen C September 14, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    you have mad x-stitching skills girl! Long before I learned to knit i used to cross stitch all the time…nothing little…all BIG picture frame sizes…most of which were gifts and I never too pix of. Seeing what you’ve done gives me daydreams of doing it again (alas, I have TOO much knitting to do – ha ha). We’re opposites!

  • Tricia L. September 15, 2010 at 9:24 am

    This look awesome! How adorable…I need to get back to stitching. I hope you’re better soon and able to knit!

  • Jennifer September 16, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    These are so wonderfully cute! And I love the natural linen fabric, will have to look for that.