Reading and Stitching – Olympic Edition

Are you watching the Winter Olympics from Sochi? We are, and we’ve been enjoying every minute of it.

dishtowel embroidery

Wednesday dish towel close up

Lots of knitting and stitching happening during all of that time in front of the TV. I keep an embroidery and a knitting project in the basket next to me on the couch every night so that I can work on one or the other during the games.

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I finished up my daughter’s Sunday dish towel, and have made good progress on Wednesday. (Monday and Tuesday are already done.)


valentine dishtowel close up

I spent some time at my sewing machine last weekend embellishing some plain, white dish towels for Valentine’s Day. I’m still tweaking the steps I take to embellish my dishtowels. I love the way that these turned out with the row of rick rack, the crocheted cotton lace trim, and the tiny, twill handmade tag.

details sign

It’s all about the details, after all. In the past, I’ve added a bit of embroidery to the towels, too, but I liked these just the way they are.

valentine dish cloth close up

valentine gift

valentines wrapped

Two knitted, cotton dishcloths and an embellished towel. One set for each of my girls for Valentine’s Day. (No peeking, girls!)

francis quilt close up

My grandson’s quilt spent some time on the machine, too, with the first bit of quilting done. Stitching in the ditch is, quite obviously, a skill I still need to perfect. There are places where the stitching wandered just a bit out of the ditch. I’m all about learning while doing, though, and I know that most of the imperfections will be far less visible after the quilt is finished and washed. I also invested in a good quality walking foot for my machine, and I think that will make a big difference, too.

All of my Olympic viewing hasn’t left a lot of time for reading in the evenings. I did finish The Shell Seekers and How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life. I wrote a brief review of each of them earlier this week. I’m still reading a few pages, here and there, in Creating a SenseSational Home, but the rest of my reading is pretty much on hold until the games are over. I’m feeling a little deprived, though, so I may end up reading voraciously for awhile after the closing ceremonies.

How about you? Are you working on any sewing, quilting or stitching projects? Have anything yarny coming off your needles or hook? I’d love to hear about it!

I’m joining Elizabeth Foss for this week’s Needle & thREAD.

needle and thREAD

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2 comments to Reading and Stitching – Olympic Edition

  • Jill

    You do such beautiful work. I wish I had that talent, but alas, I can do some needlepoint (which I love) and knit a square or scarf. The dish towels are amazing. We are also enjoying the Olympics and watch it nightly. I love the stores behind the athletics as well.

    • Thanks, Jill. We all have creative skills and talents. They may not all be in the same area, and sometimes they just need to be given a bit of time and practice. I tried my hand at needlepoint a couple of times, and it was a disaster. I’m sure that your needlepoint pieces are beautiful.