|Purple dishcloths for Merelee|
Because I've had a lot of time on my hands lately, and because my stress level is way down, I've picked up my needle again. While I'd been crocheting several dishcloths, I think I have enough for about a year. I even have given away many to friends! My friend, Merelee, requested purple dishcloths. I delivered these to her when we had lunch last week. We spent 3 hours gabbing at the restaurant, which was so good for my soul. She is such a sweet person. I originally met her through her sister when her sister and I were in college together, but we became better acquainted when Merelee and I worked for the same company several years ago.
In mid-August, I bid farewell to a precious co-worker and her family. They are moving back to Oklahoma (where their hearts are) because her husband took a job there. He is called to work with grieving families and is a licensed funeral director. He absolutely LOVES his job and he is so wonderful with those who've lost loved ones. I had the honor to take my friend and her son dinner one night as they were packing to leave. I took along several dishcloths from my stash as a going away/housewarming gift when I delivered her meal.
Since I've got plenty of dishcloths for now, I've picked my stitching needle up once again. Taking a sabbatical from stitching isn't new to me. I also took a break when I was studying for my Master's degree. Studying and working somehow took precedence! Last week, I finished up this cute little project, just in time for Labor Day.
This is 4th of July Quaker Style 2011 from AuryTM. It is available as a free download on her website. Each year since 2009, Aury has been gracious enough to create a unique 4th of July heart. All of them are available on her website, if you follow the link above. I stitched this using good ol' DMC on some piece of 32 ct. hand dyed fabric. I remember starting this in 2011 when I took my husband to the ER for the first time. Subsequently, I ripped out all that I had stitched on it because it was one thread off and I was having such a difficult time with it. It was the best thing I have ever done!! I restarted and now it's finished.
After completing the patriotic piece, I moved on to another of my long time WIPs, Prairie Schooler's Sunflower Garden Sampler. I am on the homestretch on this piece and have just a few more lines to go before it's finished. My goal is to have it completed by the end of the week. That will, of course, mean that I will have to limit my computer time.
Know that I am alive and well. I will try to be more faithful with posting, but my new job is going to keep me pretty busy, especially as we head into Christmas where I'll be working 50-60 hrs a week. Hello overtime pay!! Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by my little corner on the web.