To stitch or not to stitch?

June 16, 2011  |  Featured Posts

I bought this plant on Saturday even though the rain was pouring down, I couldn’t resist it. It reminded me of something from my childhood and I still can’t think what it was.
Our weather has been the same old mix of sunshine and showers but mainly showers and not very warm for this time of year.

So to cheer myself up I ordered these scissors as they looked such a fun design. I don’t know if you know the Moomins – but the scissors I chose are called Moominmamma. There were four designs to choose from – two were large size and two were for children.

I’m still working at improving my skills in crochet and I bought the above workshop to help me along the way. I’m going to work through it a step at a time and hopefully I’ll become more proficient as I go. (At least that’s the idea).

The little pouch is a small extra that is on it’s way to someone who bought some of my destash items.
I’m finding that I can’t seem to get going on cross stitch at the moment and it’s very frustrating. I don’t want to start anything new till I finish the SB kit I’m working on as I know I will then be reluctant to go back to it.

I’d like to share a poem with you today that I think has a lovely feel to it. In parts of Scotland there are moors where a lot of heather grows.

“Moorland Song” from “Kingfisher Days” by Mary Sheepshanks

Wind in the heather sings me a song
of mountains and moorland where freedom is strong
– where mist round the fir-trees drapes curtains of sleep
and tear-stained with water, rock faces weep.

Breeze in the bracken murmurs a rhyme
of city-free spaces un-cloistered as time
while chimes from the harebells wild honey-bees ring
and crooning and droning, a cradle-song sing.

Pipits are piping; they flute me a chant
of cloud patterned hill tops with sunlight aslant
on weathered grey boulders where lichens have grown
a rusty green tracery printed on stone.

The wind and the wildness tell me a tale
to heal me and help me if courage should fail
oh blessing of beauty – my heart must belong
where wind through the heather blows me a song.

Thanks for dropping in today, perhaps when you next stop by I’ll have returned to some form of stitching (I hope). Take care.
PS Thanks for the lovely comments about my new banner, they are very much appreciated.


  1. I think if your heart is not in it you will just make mistakes in your stitching and then you will put it down and not return to it. Why not keep going with the crochet, if you feel like it, or do a little cross stitch ornament that you can finish quickly and may get you back in the mood? I’ve just stitched La-D-Dah’s freebie ‘Leaves and Letters’ which was easy and the freebie BBD with the hare and alphabet. Both pretty when finished. Love the poem! Love Irene xxx

  2. Your crochet is going fine, you will be a pro in no time at all.
    Thanks for the poem and the photo of your new plant, it looks very nice with the raindrops on it.

    Hugs Yvon.

  3. I’m sure you’ll get your stitching mojo back eventually – you’re doing fine with the crochet in the meantime. What a lovely flower!

  4. I am hoping to learn to crochet too over the Summer…I have all the books….Just need the time now!
    Love the poem….beautiful…
    Hope you have a lovely weekend,
    Susan x

  5. That flower (a petunia?) reminds me of boysenberry ice cream! 🙂

    Love your new banner. Very springy and summery.

    I think if you can’t get going on your cross stitch, you should just carry on with the things you are enjoying. Occasionally I find myself in the mood to cross stitch, but can’t find something that really grabs me. I find that pretty frustrating.

  6. The flower is beautiful, and I love how it looks with the raindrops!

    I think it’s nice to do different types of needlework, so I would not worry at all that you are not in the mood to cross stitch. Enjoy your crochet summer! The little yellow pouch is so sweet.

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