Thursday, February 7, 2013

Needlepoint

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Between wallowing in the extreme gorgeousness of Kaffe, messing with knitting stranded colorwork on a sleeve with double-pointed needles (oh the humanity!  The ends!  The giant entire sweater flopping in the way of everything!  Serenity now!) and spending four hours watching Tess of the D’Urbervilles in an attempt to stay in touch with what my son is working on in school (if watching sumptuous BBC adaptations of classic literature is what it takes to be a good parent these days, well, I guess that’s the price I’ll have to pay) I decided to take up needlepoint. 

There was this first:

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This is my (still-unblocked) version of Anna Maria Horner’s free pattern.  It measures about 4” x 6”, and I did it all in a morning, which made me then start looking around the room for more things I could needlepoint.  Being who I am, there were actually a couple things to choose from, and so I picked up this piece of canvas, sorted out some colors from my improbably large tapestry yarn stash, and just started.

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Within two episodes of Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin (Lena Dunham and Billy Joel) I had this much done.  I love this so far, love it!  I love it just the way it is; the graphic modern-ish squares pattern against the burlap-y-ness of the plain canvas.  Oh man, I adore it.  To think I’ve been hanging on to all this stuff in hopes of somehow coming up with a gorgeous fancy flower design, with blown roses and patterned pottery.  As if I could do that.  Sometimes you’ve just gotta know yourself, and then dive in.