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Scandinavian Inspired Cross Stitch Birds

Apologies for there not being an update in a while, but this is down mostly to pressure here at home and because I hadn’t completed any projects.  Not any more though!  Yesterday I finally finished my set of three ‘Folksy Fowls’ from the March 2013 issue of Cross Stitcher.  I did start these back in February but lack of linen to stitch on put it on hold.  These are stitched on 28 count cream linen for those interested.

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I should add that they’re not completely finished yet as I need to mount and frame them.  I’m going to get some plain square frames and paint them.  I really can’t wait to hang them on the chimney breast in my living room which has always been bare because I’ve never found anything that I felt would look good on the large empty space.  I’m hoping that these will fit the bill.  Anyway, some close-ups!

Large bird

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Medium bird with a penny to show the size of the stitches they really are quite tiny, measuring about 2mmx2mm I think.

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And finally, the little bird.

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These Scandinavian inspired birds are completed at an interesting time here as my partner and I have decided to try to move to somewhere in Scandinavia ourselves.  It’s for a number of reasons too complex to go into here really, but we’re quite smitten with the idea.  We’ve decided to try and learn Swedish first and get fairly competent before we even start looking for work.  Swedish is also a good place to start as Norwegians understand spoken Swedish and the Danes understand written Swedish and I think that’s really quite amazing.  I have a tiny little bit of a head start as I learnt German at school (though most is now largely forgotten) so I’m not entirely unfamiliar with umlauts and such.  Anyway, it’s all a bit of a pipe dream at the moment but watch this space.  Maybe one day I’ll update this blog from Sverige possibly in svenska!

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A Little Distraction Needed

Just thought I’d do a little post with one of my previous finished objects since I’m in need of some distraction from my worry and guilt.  My youngest cat Lilly, a ‘petite’, as the vet put it, black and white cat with the sweetest nature had to be left at the vet this morning for possible spaying.  We’re not sure if she’s neutered or not since we know nothing of her history and sometimes even if a cat has been neutered, the scar is not visible so they have to go in and look.  I love most animals but cats occupy a special place in the hearts of Mr & Mrs Lauren.  Lilly turned up in the garden last spring and decided that she liked the lay of the land and just never left.  We weren’t looking for another cat as the one we adopted, Poppy (grey, claims my unfinished projects for herself) was very much an ‘only child’.  Hostile to other cats and sometimes us, not overtly affectionate and very much full of cupboard love, we had come to love and accept Poppy as the Grumbliest Cat in all of Grumble Town.  Lilly is the polar opposite of Poppy and when she arrived, although  we knew she probably had owners, try as we might, she just wouldn’t leave.  She camped outside our kitchen door mewling for days, never moving anywhere where she couldn’t see the door.  So we caved in and let her adopt us.  A year later and here we are.

Anyway, I feel like I’ve betrayed her sweet, trusting nature.  I know the operation is utterly routine and she will most likely be absolutely fine, but I still feel so anxious and guilty for putting her through it.  I have to phone in this afternoon and she should hopefully be home by tonight.  Fingers crossed that all is well, and that she will forgive me.

Meanwhile, in more crochet related matters; I made a little bear around Easter as my friend had a baby boy in November last year and she and her little family came up to Norwich to visit us on the Easter weekend.  I wanted to make him something but not clothes as I was sure he had enough of those and I saw the pattern for the bear in a crochet magazine I had bought that month using the very same Rooster Almerino DK yarn, so I didn’t even need to buy yarn, which was good because I was of course skint.  I love that the instructions for stuffing the arms and legs was not to overstuff them to make them a little squishy so they’re highly grabbable (it is so a word!) for little hands.  As the first toy I’d ever made, I was rather pleased with the results.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture myself, my friend sent me this one that she took when I presented him in the restaurant we were meeting in.  Don’t be alarmed – those are my hands emerging from the gloom, looking a little like a face crab from Alien.

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My friend kindly sent along with the photo an update on Mr Bear’s and Baby Boy’s relationship.  Apparently baby finds him very soothing and especially holds on to him when he’s in his pram and falling asleep and the arms and legs are indeed very easy for him to hold on to.  This was lovely to know and I discovered just how much I love the feeling of making for others.  I have another gift in mind, but it will have to wait until payday before I can start on that.  As for the bear, I think the crocheted ears were my absolute favourite part.  I tried to embroider a traditional looking face on him as they’re always the sweetest in my opinion.  I look forward to making one for my own baby one day.

In the meantime, I have my cats to unload my maternal feelings on.  I feel awful when I have to take the cats in just to be vaccinated and today had been very tough with Lilly and her operation and it’s only 10:30am!  I dread to think how much of a worrier I’ll be as a mother.  Lord help my future children!