Rekindling a Love of Cross-Stitch

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Wow. . . As we head into the 4th quarter of 2021, I’m sitting here wondering where the year has gone. It’s been a crazy year for us, and I feel like I haven’t had a lot of time for crafting, not because of the pandemic, but because my husband and I had a HUGE life change: we moved South.

From the odd weather patterns of Pittsburgh (hot and cold in the same day) to the much warmer (and more humid) South, we are now officially North Carolinians, having bought and moved to a home in a small coastal town known for its fried seafood, golf, and beaches.

We have started to settle in, though, and are enjoying evening walks, meeting neighbors, and getting to know our new area. We are now living near my family, too, which is nice.

But with the move came something unexpected—a rekindled love of a craft I’d put down for a long time. . . cross-stitching!

Back in my twenties I was an avid cross-stitcher, picking up needle and thread any time I wasn’t out clubbing with my friends or working. (Like you do in your twenties, right?)

As I started to age, however, my near vision got worse, and I had a hard time enjoying the craft. My eye doctor didn’t really see the need for close vision help until I’d hit my mid forties. . . by which time I’d forgotten all about my old, favorite hobby. After several years not stitching, I had sold, donated, or given away almost all of my old supplies.

Several weeks ago, I saw some cute patterns online and realized: now I have progressives. I CAN SEE! So I bought them and got to work. 🙂

Here’s a “just finished” pic of the cutest Loch Ness Monster you ever did see. I haven’t even ironed and framed her, yet:

I really love those cute flipper-doos—don’t you?

You can find the pattern for this and other cute cryptids on Etsy. If you decide to make one of them, let me know!

Published by Beth

I reside in North Carolina with my husband Fred and am acclimating to a new area after 13 years in Pittsburgh. In the past few years I have completely changed my life (and I couldn't do it without support from family and friends). I now work as a writer and editor, and my favorite topics to write about are how to live a more positive life, book reviews, and sharing my crafts. Welcome! By the way, following links on this post may result in my earning a small fee. As an Amazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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