Happy New Year everyone! I hope that your year is off to a wonderful start and that 2014 has many blessings in store for you. Somewhere I read that you should spend New Years Day doing things you want to do all through the year. So I knit a little, I sewed a little, I read a little and I cross stitched a little. Here's my first start for 2014...
This is a Blackbird Design - I know you are floored by my obvious choice. But this is a special sampler, it is in the booklet Maria Selby Humphrey- 1831 and is called...wait for it... My Home. Could there be a more appropriate choice for me as I start a new year in my new home? I didn't think so.
It is a small piece, about 5 3/4" X 6". I'm stitching it on a lovely light yellow 28 ct. linen. Now I decided that the house should be yellower than the color BBD called for, so I'm yellowing it up. I ordered a couple of different flosses and they should be here on Monday. I'm hoping that the Crescent Color Queen Bee works. I've used it before and the skeins I had before are quite similar to the color of the brick on my house.
I spent some time the other day looking through my stash of UFO and I think I'm going to spend some time with my Rosewood Manor Quaker Diamonds sampler. I'm maybe a third of the way done and I've got the Winter Quakers and the Summer Quakers charts that I'd like to do too. So many beautiful samplers... so little time.
Now the weather here in southwest Ohio is frightful, like much of the rest of the country. We got about 4 inches of snow last week. The forecast for today is for anywhere from 4 to 8 inches more, and then the temperature is going to plummet... like down below zero... for several days. Now I know that is nothing compared to Minnesota or out on the Plains but for here it is a big deal. We have had some pretty mild winters in the last couple of years. I heard that is has been about 16 years since we've had this kind of arctic cold. And while I can probably stay inside a lot this week I am dealing with the discovery that my little house lacks a very important element.... adequate insulation. I spent the last 2 weeks getting estimates and picked a company on Friday. I'm waiting on the contract so we can get this show on the road. As far as we can tell the insulation hasn't been touched since 1953. One guy I talked to said that there is probably more dust than insulation in the attic. Ugh.... I figure any money I spend on insulation will be a good investment, saving me money on energy costs and making the house cozier. Not a glamourous home improvement but definitely a necessary one.
Stay warm everyone and happy stitching-