(At least that's the conversation I had with Little Mr. Fussypants this morning when he kvetched about not having a freshly laundered smoking jacket and cravat to wear after his morning bath, and that he wanted to know when I was going to learn that tea must always be served piping hot from a lovely china teacup and not, as it was, sloshed into a Clearance Bin PetSmart bowl with a "Here ya go" for good measure.)
Anywhoose...progress continues on Long Spring Panel. I am stitching this in the evenings while watching West Wing, so all I have to say about it is: Martin Sheen and Laura J. Perin for President!
I played with threads for this one. If you remember, Miss Joy at House of Stitches found the perfect lilac linen for this, and I wanted the colors to do it justice. The linen is Sprite cashel, and the colors I pulled are: Crescent Colours Purple Aster, Amethyst, and Antique Lace; Gentle Art Red Plum and Berry Cobbler; and Weeks Dye Works Taffeta and Moss. This will probably be more of an April stitch for me, since I am thinking about going with a purple/flowery theme for that month, but I had fun pulling the colors.
I think that this is the piece I will do once Long Spring Panel is complete. In my head, this was originally going to be another winter tree, but upon further inspection, I realized that the little crocheted do dads that come with the chart have green in them. They are, therefore, more bud-ish than snowflake-ish, so I am going to stick with the same brown thread for the trunk and branches that I used on the companion piece, but I'm going to switch to green as an accent color rather than the wintery blue.
Now all I have to do is hope that Carolyn Manning will design a summer tree and then an autumn tree and my dream of having four of these will come true!
What can I say? My dreams may be small, but they are lovely once realized.
That's it for today, kids. I am off to the market for provisions for the week. It's smoothies, sandwiches, and salads all the time around here, so it really shouldn't be too much of a chore.
That laundry and housecleaning, though, are another story!