Monday, April 17, 2006

YES, I do stitch, sew and buy!

This weekend I find myself engrossed in my cross stitching. To those of you who have known me for ages and still not know that I do stitch; NO, IT IS NOT A CRAFT RESERVED FOR GRANNIES! :)

I still miss count even after counting for several times before and while stitching! As I was happily undoing my mistakes, hubby asks me what's with the smile? Well first, I'm excited to start a project after a long (very long) absent of spare time. Second, I'm also excited to have received my floss (from eBay) after waiting for almost a week. Lastly, its something that I'd like to make as gifts for my family and friends. I really think that its so much better to give them something personalized that I make myself than to buy off the shelf. Of course you can buy off the shelf "personalized" a name but I guess its not the same as baking a birthday cake, making a card etc. I don't know how to put it in words but the feeling is different, just different....


Work in progress; gift for my soon to be born niece!


Anyways, I realized that there are some "hardware" I need as I was doing my stitching. A magnifying lens!! At our place we have soft lighting (unlike my parents' place where they opted for white/harsh lighting, according to hubby) and being "four-eyed" its not very good lighting for needlework! So finally I ordered them (online as usual) and I hope that they'll be here soon. The second thing I "think" I might need is a stitching frame. I can't stand having my cloth in rumples as I stitch the middle section of the piece. But this I'm hoping that hubby can make something for me later... I'm keeping my fingers cross for this "labour of love" by hubby.

As always, the urge to buy comes whenever I see something (or rather DROOL on) online , thanks to ladies from Malaysian Stitchers.... :-) It has really broaden my search of a good buy! As you know, us ladies will always find something to buy, be it clothing, shoes, makan, needlework charts, books etc. It really must be in our blood kind of thing and it gets contagious every so often; when a your girlfriend tells you there's a sale some where in town/online. The thing is, there's always going to have really nice stuff but I can't buy them all at once! A good plan would be making a shopping list, just in case I "forgot" what I really want and start looking at other stuff! I'm already making a shopping list (a very long list) for my next buy in fact! Let's hope my credit card will be fully rested before my next spree...

4 comments:

Alice Teh said...

Certainly not, my dear. Stitching as a craft reserved for grannies, that is. ;-)

I cross-stitched too when I was er... 15 or so. Then I knitted a sweater for my first boyfriend who happened to love WHITE sweater. Imagine how much I 'sweated' while knitting a WHITE sweater! It's not easy, you know...

Oh yes, please show us again your lovely craft for niece when it's done. It's always such a treasure receiving such handmade gifts...

mrs lam said...

well... if you check out my blog, i did display my "choi sun" cross-stitch... i lost count of the number of hours i spent finishing it. rite now, it's being display proudly at my home... hehehe... keep up the good work ya! it's worth it! as you say, the feelings are just different compare to baking etc...

ShannyK-L said...

Wah Alice can knit ler! Not bad for a consultant no? hehehehe.. So will hubby get something to wear for X'mas this year? hehehe...

Mrs Lam, keep up your XStitch work! The "choi sun" looks really pretty wor!... You know, its better to have minimum about 5cm boarder all around for framing. That way your beautiful piece can fit into the frame! This tip was given by Malaysian Stitchers Yahoo group. Not a bad one if you're into needle work.

Alice Teh said...

Hmmm... I have forgotten about the whole 'knit-and-purl' thingy... Can't even cook decently to save my life!

Having said all this, I'm not proud of it but will tackle one thing at a time. I know I'll be able to sew and cook EVENTUALLY... Hmmm...