Phew! I started this in 2012. After I put the finishing stitches in last night on the saucer, I reflected on why this small little piece took me so long. If you look at that nickel up there, I think fellow stitchers will understand immediately. This was tiny. Really , really teeny tiny….. I’ve lost the fabric info long ago but if I had to guess I’d say 25 count, and I’ve stitched one thread over one. It was not fun. I don’t have trouble seeing it, I use a very good light and my eyes are 42 years old. I’m sure in a few years time I will need more magnification. My kids think I’m ancient, but I think I’m still fairly spry – at least in the eye department. My real problem was that I really struggled to make the stitches neat. At this size, I had to just stab and hope for the best. I like things to be neat and when I look closely, the stitches aren’t as tidy as I would like them. The pattern is gorgeous, and very clear. It’s an Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks design, aptly named “Coffee” and I used two of the three DMC colours as charted, 842 and 3862 – but I switched out the 779 for 938.
To save on data and avoid uploading another photo here – check out my IG photo from yesterday. My little boy learned how to kayak! He was so sure of himself and confident in the water, what a great experience. John swam out into the bay behind him to give him some guidance and then he was paddling and smiling over the deep water. What a difference in his confidence! My daughter has been here with me for the last two weeks instead of choosing to head back to town with her friends and we’ve been hanging out, painting our nails and watching Gilmore Girls. We are both very much looking forward to the Nov.25 reboot on Netflix and have planned to spend that evening together with pizza and glue ourselves to the TV. It’s been a fantastic summer. I’m eking out every last minute.