A Stitch in Time…

While it is nearly the end of the first quarter, this pedometer geek is still working on New Year’s resolutions. At one time there would a monthly blog post about the books being read (Resolution 1: Read more books) and about the steps being taken (Resolution 2: Put more steps on the pedometer), but this blogger wasn’t sure that it was still worth writing each month.

The newest resolution, which was added to the others, was to finish a needlepoint canvas that was first purchased back in 1980/81 when Rink’s Department Store in Kettering was closing its doors for good. Those who have never lived in Ohio may not remember Rink’s, but this pedometer geek certainly does, but I digress.

Regardless, this needlepoint canvas of a swan swimming in a pond under the full moon has accompanied me from home to home for almost forty years. There was always something that seemed to take priority over it like work, then the birth (and rearing) of two boys (who are now men with families of their own, but I digress once again), and so much more. From time to time, this pedometer geek would work on it until a snag would occur (including a resolution that fell by the wayside several years ago).

The biggest snag was that I discovered that the kit didn’t have the requisite amount of yarn to complete the canvas. First, the gray yarn of the clouds ran out about halfway through that area. Stitching had to be ripped out and replaced with a substitute gray. Most recently, this pedometer geek recognized that another color of yarn would run out before the area on the canvas was completed. Refusing to pick out all the stitches already done, the color was blended in after a trip to Jo-Ann Stores, in which all the remaining colors were matched as closely as possible to the original yarns. (Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.) It required buying ten different skeins of yarn, most of which will never be used on this canvas. On the other hand, there should not be any color that runs out now.

Of all the needlepoint kits that I have ever made, this is the first time that this problem of yarn running out has ever occurred. Most times there is more than enough of each kind used. I can only think that someone borrowed some of the yarn to help out another person with the same needlepoint kit since this package was discounted during the store’s out-of-business sale.

In order to keep the resolution, above is a photo of the canvas showing the progress so far. The swan is complete; the moon and the clouds are complete except for some shading, and am working on the water. Perhaps, that will keep this pedometer geek on track. The fact that the Covid-19 pandemic is keeping everyone close to home will help this pedometer geek, too. Stay safe, practice social distancing, and stay healthy.

Now, what to do with the all the extra yarn when finished. Suggestions? (And no, I do not knit or crochet!)

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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8 Responses to A Stitch in Time…

  1. traceyr1984 says:

    You could buy plastic canvas and make bookmarks and tissue covers, both relatively quick and easy. You could even use the bookmarks to decorate gift wrapping. Your swan is lovely.
    How many steps are you getting in these days?


    • That’s a great idea. Thanks for the suggestions. I participate in bookcrossing.com and send a fair amount of books to other readers and bookmarks make a great addition. Thanks for the compliment on the swan. I still have a long way to go (all the leaves, the water, and the background) and I hope to post pictures of my progress. My first attempt didn’t work so well, but I learned from my mistake. I get about 7500-8000 steps per day right now, but that is only because I try to walk to the lake and take photos of the various birds….mostly gulls right now. The nicer the weather, the more steps I hope to take. Are you a pedometer geek as well, Tracey? And if so, how many steps are you managing right now? ~nan

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      • traceyr1984 says:

        I wear my pedometer pretty much everyday! I am still getting my 10k steps in, I have a treadmill and set it up so I can use my laptop while walking. here in southern AZ it is too hot much of the year to walk outside anyway.

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  2. Jules says:

    I actually had picked up in a mixed bag of yarn some needlepoint yarn. I managed to incorporate it all into the different scarves that I make. So if you haven’t got anyone close enough to gift it all too…
    Just saying it will not go to waste.

    I did a needle point for my in-laws fiftieth anna. And they proudly hung it – I’ve got it back now. And it is hanging on my wall. I don’t intend to change anything. I did however change the people – I thought they were too well padded. So I slimmed them down a tad. And I did some other specializing to address them and their golden anna with the date and a gold nugget. 😉

    Hugs, and stay safe.

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    • Once I finish, the yarn is yours, Deb. I know you will be able to make an afghan, scarves, and so much more because there will be plenty leftover. ~nan


      • Jules says:

        When I make my scarves…I use two or three different strands. The most of what I had used I crocheted into a rainbow scarf. I’ve even incorporated some ribbon. I’ve also got a bunch of counted cross stitch thread, and other older threads that I play with. The embroidery thread is thicker so I try to use it with another softer yarn.

        Sadly the charity shops are all closed now. But I had a rather large supply of different yarns and I’ve been making them in the evenings or watching shows while hubby is working – I’m averaging one in two or three days.

        Let me know if you need any special scarves for gifts. I have a few to select from. No two are alike 😉

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  3. Thanks! I gave one of the scarves you made and gave to me when I met for a bookcrossing Valentine’s Day gift. She said she liked it. I still have another one to give, and of course, I have the one that I wear with my good coat. It matches so well with the navy. ~nan


  4. Great job, Tracey; that is fantastic that you are making your 10K. Keep it up. I should be using my treadmill more and getting those steps in especially when it is rainy outside. Million Mile Month starts soon and I am signed up for it and that always gives me an extra incentive to get it done. My best to you. ~nan


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