Friday, July 24, 2009

A Knitting project finish

Last night I finished the bootees to a baby sweater I made for Amy's BFF's new baby. I never fail to be amazed at how small baby clothes are. Since the baby is a boy, I chose to use a blue marl for the yarn. It turned out well. This pattern is becoming a favorite to make. I have tried other sweater patterns for babies but always come back to this pattern. It is one that my Mother knit a lot.

The pattern is found in an old Bernat's book #157: "Six For a Beautiful Baby." I used Bernat's Softee Baby yarn. It took just over a skein of yarn.

Next in line on my project list is an angel Christmas ornament for an exchange on one of my yahoo gorups cross stitch groups. I belong to several yahoo groups: NEXstitchers, CCS, BBInterasctive, an a MonopolySAL.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


It is a beautifully sunny day today. As always sunny days means that the library is fairly quiet. Everyone goes to the beach or just play outside. There is so much to see and do in the Rhode Island/Connecticut area. Within a thirty minute ride, I can visit the Newport mansions, Walk the 19th century streets of Mystic Seaport. I can traipse through woods or beach comb sparkling the white and black sands of Long Island Sound.

Or if I wish, I can pull up a chair at a breachway and watch the boats as I read or cross stitch away on a project. Another place that is a favorite of mine is Patchaug State Forest in Voluntown, CT. There are wooded trails with nooks in which to park and while away the hours communing with Mother Nature. I love suspending time in these places.

I try to keep a small cross stitch project in my bag along with a good book for just such occasions. Unfortunately, these moments have been sparse this year. Perhaps I should start making resolutions at the beginning of each season or at least ar New Year's and Midsummer. This would allow the time to recollect my passage through the year so far and refocus myself for the next period. No this isn't to make a to-do list to add pressure but rather a evalution of what truely matters to me to insure that I don't over tax myself.

I find that I can go either way. I either put too much pressure on myself by taking on way too many projects or I flounder and become stagnic. I honestly don't know which could be worse. One is counter productive and the other is a waste.

43 Personality Quiz

I took the 43 Things Personality Quiz and found out I'm a
Romantic Spiritual Self-Improver

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fresh Start Introduction

Needlework has been part of my life from the very beginning. My Grandmother Congdon knitted, crocheted and tatted. My mom knitted, crocheted and sewed all of my clothes as well for my brothers. Mom also did needlepoint, cross stitch, embroidery and braided rug. It seems I never saw her hands still and empty until her very last years when arthritis and degenerating eyesight robbed her of her ability to work "fancy work."

My first yarn work was with a knitting Jenny that my father made me out of one of Mother's old spools. I went from there to crocheting and knitting under Mom's and Grandma's tutelage.

Remember Tri-Chem paint parties? Mom was in to those. So I enjoyed that hobby as well. I was about 17 when I started doing crewel and then moved onto cross stitch. I haven't stopped since.

This blog's title represents who and what I am. I work at our local library as a Children's Room associate. And I am a stitcher of many paths. I not only do cross stitch, I knit, crochet, needlepoint but i sew clothes for my grandchildren.

The projects which are in my rotation right now are a knitted baby sweater for a little boy who was just born, a pair of socks, a Cross stitch Monopoly board, a Labyrinth and several small take along projects. I will be posting pictures as I go along.