Thank you, everyone, for your encouragement to finish this. I said I wanted to do at least three of these (Sheepish Designs) and frame them to hang together; there are a half-dozen or so with a similar theme. I thought they might be easy enough to pick up, but the designer has retired, and now they're out of print, so I'm left to comb ebay. I lost out on one today--"Meet Me At the Field," which features a hot air balloon--because I was stitching rather than haunting ebay. Ooops. Anyway, here's the first, "Gone Fishing" by Sheepish Designs, stitched on 32 count Lakeside Linen (I've forgotten the color), not using the called for threads (DMC), but instead using GAST and Crescent Colours from my stash.
Here's my progression for the last couple of days on "Dickens' Mittens" by The Cricket Collection, using neither the called for linen or threads. I'm using 32 ct Lakeside Linen in Pear, along with GAST, WDW and Crescent Colors. I've tried to stick fairly close to the colors in the photo without being a slave to them. Anyway, here's Friday night:
Today (this is the closest to the real-life color):
I'm off for three more days, and it's cold and gray, so I'll be staying in a lot. I wish I knew how bad traffic is likely to be in the Alexandria area tomorrow, because I'd like to squeeze in a visit to the LNS for some Paternayan yarns to do a needlepoint pillow. I have a book by Donna Kooler in my library with the best rabbit design... I found the book while I was looking for Rosewood Manor's Garden sampler. Darned if I can find it--I've been looking for it for a couple of weeks now. Doesn't that drive you nuts? I took it as a sign to straighten up my stuff, but still no chart!
My first course is getting off to a slow start, so I have at least another week or two to fiddle with this stuff.
Here we have the roar of the lionhead. My, what sharp teeth you have, Elvis!