I have to say, one of my proudest stitching achievements was completing a page from a Heaven and Earth Design in 10 days. Yes! 10 freaking days!!!
So, when I confidently put aside my dragon to begin the afghan for my best friends little boy, I did so with the utmost confidence that I would be picking up that pattern by March. After all, it's super easy, with it's great big blocks of color and it's lack of blends. Just a few stitches, a bit of back stitching and voila, watch me pop off these adorable little baby animals as though I was a crazy one-woman assembly line!
Easy peesy, amirite?
But no, I was wrong.
First off, this afghan is a major PITA (for those not in the know, a pita is a pain-in-the-a$$). The cloth is so thick it's like trying to cross-stitch on wool, and the fibers of the cloth regularly get wrapped around my thread. It's worse than stitching with a shedding cat sleeping on your lap.
THEN, the pattern calls for 2 threads, which definitely isn't enough. I picked out my stitching and increased it to 3 threads, which I'm still on the fence about, I think I could go as high as 4.
THEN comes the stitching itself. It has to be done very loosely. As in ridiculously loose. (As in, is this going to fall apart after the first wash?)
I can't say I'm exactly enjoying this project, but I will persevere, and I will overcome!!!! (I say confidently, with a wobbling lower lip)
So, here is my first panel - the owl. This singular panel only took me ... oh ... (looks at calendar) 13 days. I don't know whether to laugh or cry at that admission.
I don't know whether to hate the damn thing, or dance around it proudly and declare "Look! Look what I have made" in a sad rendition of Tom Hanks after he created fire in "Castaway".
Anyway, there it is. I'm off to the next panel, which is a little frog.
Hopefully it won't be another 13 days before you hear from me again.