I got on a cross-stitch kick!
The embarrassing thing about cross-stitch is how long it can take you to do something pretty small and it’s challenging due to the teensy stitching.
I was browsing Etsy, as one does, and came across a cross-stitch pattern for this chicken pattern, which looked easy and fun to make. It was on sale so I snatched it up, but mostly because an inside joke I have with my spouse is that whenever one of us says, “Guess what?” the other person responds, “Chicken butt.”
The best part was I had all of the materials already in my drawers. I was able to do a really decent match for the called upon colors and I think it turned out great. This took me roughly eight hours total, so I had it finished within a couple of days. I ultimately ended up framing it, which meant I had to go and pick out a frame, steam the fabric, and fit it in there. Worth it!
Feeling a high from the completion of a WIP so quickly, I turned to a cross-stitch pattern I began literally years ago and hadn’t finished due to the tedium of doing the border. I decided to pick it up, dust it off, and finish the border, now that I was on a roll. I am so glad I did because I had this pattern custom designed just for me. At one point I was going to put it in my cube at work but now I work from my home, so I get to look at it as a healthy reminder. (●’◡’●) I need to get a shadow box for it, but for now, this is how it looks. If you’re looking for a custom design, try The Pin and Needle.
Lastly, a friend of mine who has been known to throw around the fact that home is no place for wearing pants inspired me to cobble together my own design for her, based on alphabets and stitch pattern components I had on hand. I cut another square of Aida fabric and got to work. I did the lettering first and decided on what to put between/around it second. When I found the silly looking panda (who is pantsless), I thought it was absolutely perfect. And voila, a purple pantsless panda emerged! I also steamed and framed this one and am super stoked to give it to my friend as a gift. (Fonts and filigree courtesy of Subversive Cross Stitch.)
Once I completed three projects back to back over the course of a week, I had finally scratched the itch and I have turned my attention back to knitting and crochet. Until the next time, friends.