It is nice to find patterns you don't already have. The clerk that was helping me at Ginger's also loves sheep and pointed out Sophie's Sheep. The other two sheep I found on my own.
But it is not all sheep. I particularly liked the Three Stockings model I saw right by the front door. They had done the pine needles in Artic Rays rather than regular thread. It gave the piece a wonderful three dimensional look. Besides sheep, I do love pumpkins. This small pattern should be good to take as a traveling piece.
But I have to say that my favorite purchase of the trip was this 18 count canvas from The Needle Works. I had a ton of fun ransacking all their luscious threads looking for just the right ones for this project. I started doing needlepoint and only came to cross stitch late in my stitching life. Cross stitch probably makes more sense for me as I am drawn to intricate patterns on small count canvas. Although I have a ton of needlepoint stitch pattern books, I find myself doing basketweave and continental with lots of different threads rather than patterns with a lot of background stitches. Right now all I want to do is start this project, but I am being good and working on my shells. If I put in some hours today, I should have another quarter of the pattern done. But I can tell that 2010 will be the year of needlepoint. I have a stash of canvases that are crying out for some attention. I am very tempted to take this canvas with me back east for Christmas, but I can't do that unless I have some stitchy presents finished first. Back to stitching!