September 11, 2009
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I began a counted cross-stitch today. It’s simple enough, a few veggie motifs and lettering. Far simpler than previous projects I’ve worked on. I’ve started it over three times so far.
Problem 1: the directions call for 22 count aida cloth. Couldn’t find 22 count. So I bought 28. Those boxes are so incredibly small! And I’m both near- and far-sighted.
Problem 2: it isn’t just cloth, it’s linen and the boxes are stiff enough that you can see through the fabric when pressed out on a table. Which means that all those knots and snarls are visible. Double-ugh.
Good thing I have a seam ripper and plenty of floss. Who’da thunk such a simple little project to grace my kitchen would cause such frustration? I remind myself that it is a good skill builder (how to keep floss untangled in the back) and opportunity to learn patience (by not throwing my project across the room and throwing a 2-year old tantrum).