Gabi, you asked about The Basket so I thought I'd better explain for my followers that haven't heard about my sad case of Basketitis.
I am one of the unlucky Southern Hemisphere stitchers doomed to pay outrageously expensive prices for everything related to our
The only problem with this wonderful little shop - The Crewel Gobelin - is *cue drum roll* The Basket.
This is the account of what happened when I inadvertantly stumbled across said woven object back in April last year.
Now the last time I trundled off to have a little looksie, I ended up coming home with ten of the twelve Blackbird Designs: Anniversaries of the Heart charts! Now seriously, I had NO intention of spending money that day. But they were in very close proximity to The Basket (They're too big to fit in there, so they were in a bin close by...) and they were SO cheap!
I'd love to take a jaunt out there right now but it's currently our school summer holidays. This translates as "No $$$ to spend on anything that isn't rent or food." I'm really, really looking forward to February and regular income... which translates as spending a whole lot of $$$ on stash once all the bills and kids school fees are caught up! Yay!
Actually, I'm pretty thrifty. The majority of my stash purchases come from 123stitch. It's much cheaper to buy from the US, particularly with the AUD so strong against the USD. Means I often get double or even triple the amount of floss or fabric that I would get at any store in Australia. I try to support the LNS's here but it's hard when typically a Mirabilia chart that is say $13 at 123 could be anywhere between $22 and $40. My Titania chart cost $35.00 - she was my first Mira purchase long before I discovered the joys of on-line shopping overseas.
Ooops... I've really wandered off on a tangent tonight! Sorry about that folks. We will now return to our regular programming!
Day Ten heralded the arrival of Randal Spangler's "Train of Dreams" from HAED. I've put in a couple of hours during the day and a lot of hours tonight. I think I stitched a total of six hours on this one and managed to get in just over 700 stitches... that's a lot really...
The thing is, it doesn't look like anywhere near that amount of work and typically, you can't see the colour changes yet, 'cause there's not enough of it done.
|Randal Spangler: Train of Dreams|
1 over 1 on 25ct antique white Jobelan
Yes, that really is 700-odd stitches. Doesn't look like it though.
I thought I'd show you a snapshot of my chart - just to prove it. LOL.
Night night all. It's way past my bedtime... see you all tomorrow.