God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Thursday, March 14, 2013

IHSW Is Upon Us

Yes, you read that right.  I said IHSW.  I said "us."

Now that I've finished knitting my socks (I still need to weave in some ends & close up the toes), & I don't yet have the yarn I need to start crocheting a blanket (whole 'nother story here), I think it's once again time to pick up linen, floss, & needle & stitch something.  This decision has not come lightly. I still have fantasies about taking all my Homespun Elegance charts, piling them in the yard, setting them ablaze, & dancing around them with gleeful abandon ... then sending the ashes to HE with a note saying "here's what I think of your charts!!!"  However, that would take a lot of energy ... something this overweight, over stressed stitcher doesn't have much of these days.  Therefore, the HE charts will sit neglected in my files until whatever time I decide to burn, sell, give, or trade them.

Although I haven't been able to bring myself to stitch a stitch since my traumatic HE experience, I have purchased a few charts that have shown up on my computer screen ... very few ... for that day when I would feel able to stitch again.  I purchased one of them just this morning.  I was pretty excited about it, but then I'm usually pretty excited about The Little Stitcher's designs.  Laura is one of those God-given designers who create cross stitch designs that are made up of cross stitches only!  No blankety-blank french knots, no whoop-de-do fancy stitches, just cross stitches.  Nothing more.  God bless her!  Anyway, yesterday she posted her latest creation, A Day of Joy.  Here is a photo which I've copied from her post.  
The proceeds from the sale of this design will go to Sister Anna & the Malawi children. You can get more information about this cause on Nadia's blog, La Soffitta.  Nadia is the organizer of this initiative.

I ordered the pattern from Nadia as soon as I saw it this morning.  I told myself that if it arrived in my inbox today, I would begin stitching it tonight.  That is what I will do. What will I stitch afterward?  That's anyone's guess.  Maybe another one of these designs.  Maybe one of Laura's other designs. I know one thing for sure.  I won't be stitching any blankety-blank HE designs!!!


Peggy Lee said...

I'm taking a quick break from packing and cleaning to read a few blogs and I'm so glad I stopped at yours! I needed a good laugh. Thank you!! If you decide to do the fire and dance thing in your backyard let me know, I might have a few things to add and I'll even do a little jig with ya!
So glad to see you are stitching again. I'm afraid my IHSW participation will be on hold until June.

Judy said...

One step forward ito the stitching world again! You chose a lovely design. Enjoy your IHSW weekend and don't even think of the HE designs. Hide them so you won't see any of them, and try not think of where you hid them..lol. Hope your leg is doing better.

Judy heartland stitcher

Dawn said...

Still a crack up. Welcome back to stitching! Looking forward to seeing it finished.

Mii Stitch said...

I'm sure you'll be fine! You chose a superb pattern> Good luck!!

http://lasoffitta.canalblog.com said...

Many thanks. God Bless you.
Nadia La Soffitta X Anna Per il Malawi


Carol said...

So glad to read you'll be picking up your needle and thread again, Shirlee--I know your next experience will be a better one :)

Vickie said...

Welcome back my friend! Enjoy yourself! HA! Little joy related joke for ya.

Sally said...

Enjoy stitching Shirlee. This is a lovely one to start back with :)

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Love the Joy piece you've chosen to stitch. I think it'll be just the respite you need!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Welcome back into the fold. Even if you don't stitch this at least you've helped a good cause.