While Sandy was blowing through early last week, I started on a couple hand-sewing projects, as I didn't know if/when the power would go out. I didn't want to rely on my machine if we wouldn't have electricity for days. Thankfully, D.C. was lucky and we didn't lose power for even a minute. But I still had plenty to keep me busy while I watched the news coverage of the storm.
I'll have a mini quilt up on Squaring Up tomorrow, but this was the embroidery project. My cousin Jesse graciously let me sleep in her bed while I was in Charlotte a couple weeks ago, so I made this as a thank you. I'll give it to her whenever I see her next, which could be very soon!
Jesse had a lot of blues and greens in her apartment (minus Grace's room, which is all pink, all the time), and I remember she picked up something chartreuse while we were out and mentioned she liked that color. I chose four blues and a bright green I had in my floss stash.
French knots are...tedious, and for a long time, I didn't think this would ever come together. Because I'm dramatic. The knots are three-ply, if anyone was wondering. To get the "j," I cut out a piece of stabilizer in the shape of the letter, ironed it on, and started knotting. Once I had the basic idea of the letter's boundaries, I removed it and just went with what felt right.
My original plan was to do the entire hoop. I now realize I was crazy. This many knots took me two days.
But, I do like it, and it certainly kept me busy while I was worrying about the storm, and then the job, and then the move. I'm still worrying, but now I have nothing in my hands.
On a different note, we've had a bit of trouble finding somewhere to live that fits our living criteria and is affordable and is in a safe neighborhood. We wrote out everything we wanted today and we're hoping the universe takes note, because we'd like to move! Please!