Because I’ve been doing a bunch of embroidery lately, the kids have wanted in on the action. My nephew really took his time tracing some flowers to sew. And my daughter is doing her sheep in shades of pink.
Way back in March I reviewed a few books from the library. Specifically, I looked at the Reader’s Digest Complete Book of Embroidery. After thinking about it, checking it out, thinking, needing to reference it, I finally bought it from Amazon.
And usually after I do that the books sit on the shelf untouched. Not this one!
First I referenced it to add an embellishment to the required class project in my 3 week sewing course. Day one was mostly listening plus starting this bag, identical to everyone else’s. My little trio of flowers should help distinguish my finished project. Plus, so cute!
Then, because every knitter feels a compulsion in their DNA to clothe babies, I had to make a baby beanie for a blogging acquaintance. After frogging a baby hat knit on the wrong yarn, I knit up a simple grey beanie. And after searching Pinterest for line drawings, referring to my new favorite book, and pulling out the floss – Ta Da! Adorable baby boy gift.
I’m pretty lucky that my library has a good selection of knitting books. And what it doesn’t have it’s able to request from the branches up and down the Central Coast of California.
Unfortunately, this one, while it had a beautiful braid that had me drooling, didn’t come home. It focused a bit more on “how to knit” and the pages just weren’t captivating for me. I’m a bit beyond “how to knit” and with the whole Eastern European style, most books don’t even address different methods. So this one wasn’t a good fit for me.
Who knew the world of stitch dictionaries was full of so much competition.
I did bring home two stitch dictionaries – one for knitting, one for embroidery.
My husband does not count “Do you want to come to bed and read stitch dictionaries with me?” as an aphrodisiac 😉
But I found myself just paging through the “Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Embroidery Stitches” book. It was captivating. Fascinating. Because I’m a beginner at embroidery, I appreciate the “how to’s” for this. But there’s almost too much info! I skipped a lot of the first several chapters and went straight to looking at stitches. Some of that may be because I’m only really interested in embroidery on my knitting, so different fabrics doesn’t hold a ton of interest. Though it does have me considering more Wabi Sabi embroidery repair on clothes that are wearing out (afterall, I am a lover of darning).
The other book, “400 Knitting Stitches,” is, well. It’s a stitch dictionary. I’m looking more closely at some of the bobble stitches than I did in my previous stitch dictionary. But if I were to add one to my personal shelf, it wouldn’t be this. It’s just a book. And one I can re-check out if I need to.
I’m continuing trying to embroider some on plain stockinette. I tried searching Pinterest for info on embroidery, but what actually came to the rescue was a 30 year old copy of Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. Right now I’m content with these 2 stitches. I may expand my repertoire in the future, but for now, this is good.
Yet again, I find myself knitting out of sadness 😦 This time it’s not a family member, or even someone I’m close to. An acquaintance from the past is dealing with cancer in the worst possible way – through her toddler daughter.
I can’t imagine. My mind hits a roadblock and won’t even go there.
And 8 years and 1,100 miles have taken us from friends to friendly acquaintances who send holiday cards. That’s fine. Relationships changes. They ebb & the flow with time.
But tragedy, unfortunately, pulls us together and I felt obliged, as many knitters do, to work out my emotions, to show my support, through sticks and strings.
Here’s my hat for Violet, who will spend the next 6 months taking chemotherapy for abdominal cancer.