Saturday began with an excursion to Welcome Stitchery in Crystal Lake, IL with three like-minded friends who are also stitchin' along. KathieB (it was SHE who braved that treacherous driveway at Marsha's to pick up our charts last Monday from the Spiritual Home) hauled me and Deb and Sue in her little VW to parts south of the [Wisconsin/Illinois] border. It was our first trip to this area, and what a wonderful surprise it was! The shop is well-stocked and the staff exemplifies the name of this shop in every way.
LNS Staff always knows where to go for lunch. They directed us to Benedict's La Strata right around the corner. Chicken Pannini with Brie and Slice Pears... YUM! Despite a great selection of eateries in this delightful town, it will be difficult to try another upon our return.
We were astonished at the number of people visiting Crystal Lake early on a Saturday, with temps barely in the teens. While we didn't linger outdoors, we walked enough to discover a shopper's paradise, and with time and warmer weather, WE SHALL RETURN!
We did accomplish our goal of stocking up for the SAL, and after much ado about putting things in order with Works In Progress and organising (to some degree) Hannah Brassington, I'm off to a rather humble start...
No, I don't use a hoop or frame. I've stitched "in hand" for forty years, and this zebra isn't going to change her stripes; so all of my progress will be somewhat wrinkled - at least until the linen relaxes a bit.
I'm stitching with Anchor cotton (I just love the sheen) and #28 Bohin needles. Mine is 32-count Desert Sand linen, and the finished piece will consequently be a bit larger than the original. The way I see it, by the time I'm finished I might actually be able to read the over-one verse!
Thought you'd like to meet my little friend...
As the uninitiated perpetually ask "how long" when viewing a finished piece (the method employed to determine your sanity), I'm going to try to log my time as I progress through Hannah. This little bit of Hannah represents four hours - including time for the inevitable frogging (two small areas).
Renee, Town of Vernon, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA