How did I miss this? You rascally Brits, keeping this one to yourselves!*
Good thing Google Alerts told me that someone at the Guardian wanted to let us all know that cross-stitch might still be relevant.
I thought that this was a telling remark: "As cross stitch is the art of saying something in a matter of stitches..." I think that's what kills us. People think that cross-stitching is just about putting aphorisms on the wall**. Cross-stitch is seen as the maiden aunt giving unsolicited advice. No wonder we get the old lady reputation. People, we need to tell them it's so much more than that!
I am making great progress on my stockings but the weather is not cooperating for photos. I had to turn the lights on in the house at 1:30 today. Isn't the sun supposed to be on by then?
* Someone had asked whether the Guardian was violating copyright, but I'm pretty sure that they must have a deal with the Cross-stitcher. All sorts of newspapers are finding ways to share copy. I open up the Philadelphia Inquirer to read stories originally written for the Washington Post and Contra Costa Times; the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. No one can afford writers any more.
**I once had a boss, silly girl but otherwise terrific boss, who thought her family invented cliches. She would always say, "as my mother-in-law says, a place for everything and everything in its place" or "as my husband says, you can't teach an old dog new tricks." I'm not kidding. Whenever we talked about stitching (she knit and quilted) she would always tell me how she cross-stitched "a place for everything and everything in its place"--as her mother-in-law always says--to remind her husband to put things away. Really. Gross.