Counted Cross-Stitch: Conquering a Childhood Fear

I had a love/hate relationship with counted cross-stitch.  As a child, I remember getting so frustrated with a project in my only year of Juniors as a Girl Scout.  It was a for a Christmas ornament.  I got so fed up with it, I gave up, and therefore not getting a badge.  I hardly cared.

A few years ago, I cam across a lovely cross stitch kit in the bookstore:  Miss Woolly’s Creepy Cross-Stitch.  It was Halloween, I thought, why not give it a go.

I gave it ago.  And it sucked as much as it did when I was a Girl Scout.

Fast forward to last Friday.  You know what else sucks?  Kidney stones.  I had one starting the day before on Thursday, and passed it on Monday.  Fun times.

Back to Friday.  I was laid out with a kidney stone at home bored out of my gourd.  I wanted something different to do, and, since it’s close to Halloween again, I decided to give cross-stitch another whack.

Above is the pumpkin I made from the kit! It’s not exactly like the one in the book, as I made a few mistakes and added a few things to the mouth, I’m pretty proud of it.  I even started the next project in the book.

This pumpkin represents an accomplishment.  After 20-odd years, cross-stitch finally clicked.  It’s certainly not going to take the place of my knitting by any means, but it will be something different to do as a change of pace.

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