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!)