The last quarter of 2018 was very hectic and busy as we wrapped up our life in California and moved to Iceland. We downsized our belongings significantly, packed them up and moved them into a storage facility in Reykjavik. I had kept a few ongoing projects with me, intending to work on them in between moves. Well, I need not have bothered because I didn’t put a stitch on them. With so much going on, I just didn’t feel relaxed enough to sit and stitch.
We got settled into our Reykjavik apartment this month, and all my needlework supplies are back with me now. I was going through my pile of unfinished projects accumulated over the years. While I don’t feel guilty about abandoning them, they still niggled me sometimes – tangible reminders of my tendency to chase new, shiny objects and then tire of them. I revisited each UFO with a goal to either finish it or throw it out once and for all. Surprisingly, I felt like working on some of them again. So I think 2019 is going to be a year of showing some love to old, unfinished projects.
Here is the first one. It was mystery SAL in Sticklounge, a now-defunct yahoo group. It had nine parts, a mix of cross-stitch and blackwork. I ended up not liking the modernistic blackwork parts and gave up after part 8. Fortunately, I still had the last part saved in my email archives. Ten years later, I find that I really like this piece!
Pattern: Graphic Sampler
Designer: Angela Cyzgann (for Sticklounge)
Fabric: 40ct Newcastle by Zweigart
Threads: HDF silk – Enhantress, Popinjay 3305 (or 07)
Started: January 2, 2010
Finished: January 26, 2019