At the start of the year, I made a list of goals. One of them was to stitch two ornaments from my extensive collection of Just Cross Stitch Ornament issues. Although I have not "finished" finished them, I now have two ornaments stitched and one partially stitched that I should finish this week.
In keeping with one of the March themes of Sheep in the Christmas Ornament SAL, I stitched Winter's Eve from Country Cottage Needleworks from the 2006 JCS Ornaments magazine. Of course, there were a few substitutions. :-) The most significant one is that the pattern called for Crescent Colours Blue Moon for the house and border. Not only won't I use Crescent Colours, but I found the pale blue house to be dull and boring. I was thinking about a brick red house, but when I took out my threads I was captivated by Weeks Dye Works Blackberry. And I have to say I enjoyed every stitch of this luscious color. It is good enough to eat. It does make the border stand out more than the pale blue did, but it's a worthwhile trade. I also traded B5200 (which for some reason I have a ton of, more than will fit in a Floss*A*Way bag) for the plain DMC White called for. And to make it extra authentic, I used Rainbow Gallery's Designer's Dream 100% wool for the sheep. I love working with this extra fine wool thread.
I also went to my favorite LNS, The Status Thimble in Burlingame, CA, yesterday to buy a replacement thread for Joy. I ended up with Weeks Dye Works Envy (and a lot of Needle Necessities that was marked down because it has been discontinued). And maybe a couple of sheep patterns jumped in my bag as well.
I am pleased that I have finished two of my nine goals for this year. Of course this leaves two big ones, Hawaiian Mandala (I only have to finish eight of twelve parts, but I haven't finished part one yet) and Bothy's Cut-Thru Rocket, which I won't start until late July. I also have a few sewing goals that I want to start on this week. Well, I better shut the computer down and get ready to go to the airport. Back to Nevada this evening.