I also promised you a snap of the New Year's start yesterday. By the time I rolled out of bed, exercised, took down the tree, did some laundry, I looked outside and it was too dark to get a good photo. Here's a shot in the Monday morning light.
Called for fabric and NPI silks.
On to stitching adventures...
As many of you know, the dude and I have dinner with my cousin's family and my sister every Sunday. Many Sundays, when I take out my stitching during the pre-dinner rituals, my younger niece--the one who is developmentally delayed--runs to get some off her mother's yarn and "knits." You might also say she ties together all of the chairs in the kitchen or family room. It's a bit of a mess. She's not really capable of many crafts because of her ADHD and underdeveloped hands. I figured, what the hell, let's see what she can do with some Tula, perle cotton and a plastic needle. So I grabbed some things from my stash, and picked up some plastic needles on the way over. While at the craft store, I also grabbed some needlepoint yarn for my elder niece who has a longstanding plastic canvas piece (I think her mom bought it for her when we were living there 3 years ago). Unsurprisingly she's lost the needle and the yarn, so I replaced that. Boy were they excited. Yayo (younger) sat right down and made all kinds of crazy sitches. (I tied the floss onto the needle and decided that knots were appropriate for the back of her project.) I worked with Lala on the kit, but she has the same trouble with needlepoint that I had at her age, I couldn't figure out which spot I was covering with my stitches. After we played Clue, Lala sat down with Yayo's supplies and stitched a little square onto the fabric. She asked if I could bring a piece of fabric for her next time. Of course I'll comply, but I'm also thinking that crewel might work for her--that's what I did when I was her age. But I couldn't find an appropriate kit at the big box craft store.
Back in 19-dickety-two, or maybe 1974, I had a small crewel kit that had "my room" written in bubble letters on a piece of open weave fabric with suggested stitches for each letter. Do you remember the kind of thing I'm talking about? That's what I'd like to find for her. I think she'd get into that.