It is the Year of the Dragon. Past years include – 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952.  Since I can do basic arithmetic – the Chinese Zodiac has a twelve year cycle. And, with the kindness and sensibility (not) of all the entrepreneurs there seem to be dragons everywhere. Certainly you see them on fabric, clothings, and in cross-stitch designs.  Somehow – since next year is the year of the snake – I don’t expect to see snakes everywhere..

Anyway – I spent a good portion of yesterday adding to my “No Time Like the Present by Modern Folk Embroidery.

57%. I keep meaning to do 100 stitches a day, but putting it on and off the Lowry Stand is a pain, so one day on the week for well over 1000 stitches is probably a better use of time. But I would like to have it finished before we leave for Iceland the end of August.

And…. I had mentioned this pattern to a friend. Going to the site to send a link, I noticed that there was a lovely dragon. Only about 4000 stitches and a monochrome at that. Jacob both designs excellent patterns AND provides all the historical and design information that you could ever want. This particular dragon is based on historical images from 1600-1642.

After consulting my color and design expert –

we both agreed that Falling Leaves was a better choice than Granite. Both are 16 ct from Forbidden Fiber Co. The silks come from a Silks4U hank. There is a color number somewhere…

The first 250 stitches –

I figured frame first, then Dragon. Unless I get bored.

Otherwise, I haver only two more days left on this cycle of chemo. I still haven’t gotten the craft room organized and …. I might just be missing that cat.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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