There's one thing that's been keeping me sane though; my favourite new obsession is CROSS STITCH. Now, I tried knitting not long ago. I really really tried. I got a book, nice needles, some lovely vegan friendly yarn and even an ~adorable~ set of crochet hooks. But you guyz, knitting did not grip me. I tried, but we weren't meant to be.
So here's what I've been keeping myself busy with instead, in an effort to focus my weary mind on something other than a variety of stresses, and to stop me from heading straight to bed as soon as I come home from work.....
|Here's how it all began - this book is available at a bargain price online and I'd recommend it!|
|My first little stitch from this lovely book. BIRDIE.|
|My first l'il colour cross stitch.|
|My first completed Etsy pattern. Pusheeeeeeeen.|
|My first person - my wonderful better half and his banjo.|
|I was spurred on to attempt a family portrait for a dear pal of mine for her birthday.....|
|....the finished portrait.|
|Thrilled beyond reason at stitching a portrait, I offered the same service to anyone who'd have one.|
|This was for my lovely friend Vicki and features her, along with her little boy Charlie.|
|The finished piece - a bit wonky, but not for a beginner.|
I've been scouring the internet for contemporary x-stitch resources, blogs, websites, etc. Boy, there is some twee stuff out there..... Photo real portraits, winter cottages and tigers are not my thing. But I found a few totally tremendous sites and I'm developing quite a to-stitch list. Everyone I know can start dreading receiving x-stitched items for gifts from now on.