It was Ash Wednesday – Öskudagur, here in Iceland last Wednesday. The kids dress up in costumes and go out and sing in stores for some candy. That is actually a new tradition here in Iceland. When I was a kid we used to dress up in costumes and put öskupoki (a home made bag made of fabric) on people without them noticing. I enjoyed that much more than how this day has changed into candy and singing.
Oh damn! My i-pod just ran out of battery and I don’t have the charger with me I am at work, on a Saturday.
I wanted to mention a new stitching project that I started this past week. It is actually quite a story to tell. My mother works at a fabric store and into the store comes a boy asking if they can or know anybody who can cross stitch an old Icelandic knot pattern into the hood of a hoodie. My mother tells him that her daughter (me) could probably do it for him. She calls me and off course I accept the challenge. I went and bought water canvas in 10ct and am stitching this beautiful pattern in white and palce yellow (DMC 5200 and 3078) on a black hoodie. I am doing it with the old Icelandic Cross stitch method. If you click the link you will see a video of how it is done.
It is quite difficult to do this because of several things.
a) I am using 3 strands of floss so I can not start using the loop method.
b) The fabric in the hoodie is very thick.
c) Using waste canvas is tricky.
But all in all I am enjoying this. It is fun to break out of your ‘comfort zone’ and do something new and different. And it is giving me lots of ideas. I can’t wait to see how this is going to turn out and off course I will share pictures once I am done.
I got an order from The Silver Needle yesterday. In it were the charms for Lizzie*Kate’s 12 Blessings of Christmas, Thread Rings and French Country III – Apple, French Country II – Lamb and Sampler Tree III all from JBW Designs 🙂