So today is my last day of holiday from work, just the weekend to go then back to work on Monday. I've had a pretty good 2 weeks with a lovely few days up in Scotland and all the excitement of Christmas - it all seems so long ago already!
I'm almost looking forward to going back to work, mainly beacuse I'll have a better chance to catch up with everyone else's blogs and news! However, holidays always make me doubt I've got my work/life balance right as I love having the time to spend with my son. I've also been surprised how much stitching and other stuff I've had time for, but it'll have to take a back seat again from next week. It does make me start to look forward to maternity leave which I'll probably start during March.
Over the holiday, I completely restarted Paradigm Lost for the Snowbird's SAL. I originally started it in November but lost the inclination fairly quickly. Just before Christmas, I wondered if I changed my floss colour, would I feel more like stitching on it?
Well, my plan worked! I've made fantastic progress and I'm really pleased with it.
I'm now stitching it using Dinky Dyes floss in Aussie Jewels, the colours vary from blue through purple and pink to green and I love them. I'm also adding some Mill Hill beads (40374) attached with DMC floss colour 154. I originally started adding the beads using white thread (to match the fabric) but they just didn't stand out the way I wanted so I switched to the purple and am much happier with the effect.
I think my previous floss colour (a DMC varigated floss) was just too much of a compromise between colour and cost and am so much happier with what I'm doing now.
Here's also a photo of the strawberry I stitched and sent to Cheryl for Christmas.
Late in the autumn, I took a fancy to stitch a strawberry, but was so disappointed not to be able to find my JCS 2006 magazine with the pattern I wanted. Cheryl very kindly sent me a copy of the chart to get me started. At the end of November I thankfully found the magazine.