Here in the blustery Northeast, we are battening down the hatches for a good old snowstorm. The snow started coming down at about 11:00 this morning, and it is already starting to accumulate on the ground! The weather forecast says we should get about a foot of snow by tomorrow morning, with more to come tomorrow. Gov. Patrick has declared a statewide emergency, there is a run on bottled water and batteries at the local Stop & Shop, cars are sliding all over the roads, and Beantown is in a general state of chaos.
So what does this mean for you, my loyal readers?
Well, my office is closed for the day, and the MBTA will shut down at 3:30 this afternoon, so I am officially snowbound! That means... STITCH-A-THON!!!!! I am quite excited, because I am building up half-finished projects more quickly than snow is piling on the sidewalks below. So, I will be spending the weekend happily stitching away, by candlelight if need be. I want to finish the owl and finish my current quadrant of Celestial Dragon, as well as finish the last (pink) brain hat in my order queue.
So, in the middle of this winter storm, if you need a new project, or if you are looking for an excuse to start something fresh, I have even put together a little free snowflake pattern to help you on your quest. :) Here it is!
Free Snowflake Pattern
|Free snowflake pattern. (c) Erin E. Turowski, 2013. For personal use only.|
30 squares wide x 30 squares tall
14-count: 2.1" x 2.1" (5.4 cm x 5.4 cm)
16-count: 1.9" x 1.9" (4.8 cm x 4.8 cm)
18-count: 1.7" x 1.7" (4.2 cm x 4.2 cm)
You can stitch this in any color you would like, although I think whitework would look quite nice. For the "dots" in the pattern, you can either use French knots or seed beads for a bit of shimmer. You could also add some blending filament (try Kreinik #032 in Pearl!) for a bit of extra sparkle.
So... stay safe, stay warm, and happy stitching! If anyone else is stuck in this wonderful winter weather, please feel free to link to your own stitch-a-thon below!