#33 My Everest Part V: The Summit

I did it.

I finally did it.

Yes, I might have been shattered and broken, I might have had to pull a cross stitch all-nighter – well, up until 2am, up again at 6am – not to mention stitching the full five-hour car journey on the way just to make sure I did it – but that’s not the point.

The point is, I did it.

Perfect Penelope Rose has her Tiny Tatty afghan blanket and I could not be happier to have presented it to her.

And here it is – tassels and all.

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For those of you who have followed my journey you’ll know that this has not been the easiest project I’ve ever undertaken. It’s been challenging, draining and down-right nerve-wracking at times.

As I started to pull away at the afghan material to make the tassels I had my heart in my mouth *what if I’ve put all these hours in and I mess it up now* but it went better than expected (finger blisters and rope burns aside).

It sounds like I don’t have anything positive to say about this blanket, but in actuality I’m lost without it.

Mummy, Daddy and Penelope were all delighted with it, which of course, is all that matters, but I have to say I’m really going to miss looking down at those little bears, pastel shades and the excitement I got every time I got to French knot those little eyes onto the faces of each bear – bringing them to life.

Though I won’t be rushing into another blanket anytime soon, it was a real pleasure to make something I know my friend will keep forever and I can tell Penelope about one day when she’s old enough to understand.

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I feel like a better cross stitcher for it too, knowing I not only have the skill to complete such a large project, but the confidence and determination to start it and, more importantly, see it through to the end no matter how steep the incline.

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So, thanks P, for being a part of my life tapestry.

My empty tension hoop won’t be empty for long as I’ve already hit the craft barns and cross stitch magazines in earnest looking for my next projects.

That can only mean one thing: watch out world, the blogger is back.

J x

 

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19 thoughts on “#33 My Everest Part V: The Summit

    • Thank you – yes, must have taken 150-200 hours over 7 months. Yikes! That seems like a lot when I type it out. Ah well, all worth it in the end! 🙂

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  1. Yay! Congratulations to you on finishing this. To me, it didn’t sound like you didn’t have anything positive to say about this project. You conveyed a sense of joy with part frustration to this stitch. And it came out looking gorgeous. Lots of time, energy, and love went into this blanket. (^_^)

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  2. That is an absolutely beautiful baby afghan and I am sure they are absolutely delighted with it. But I do have a question–do you put any kind of backing on it or not? I am working on an afghan and I have wondered about that.

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    • Thank you, I think so too.

      No, I personally didn’t use a backing. I didn’t want to have stitches – no matter how subtle – showing through on the front of the fabric. This made the project somewhat harder as I was conscious that everything I did on the front would visible on the back for all to see! Scary but satisfying to see the finished result.

      J

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      • Thanks for the information. I guess my concern is the appearance of the back. I try to be careful, but it always looks a little sloppy. It definitely takes longer when you have to also worry about how the back looks.

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      • I was terrified at first but I embraced the challenge and, ultimately, I think it’s made me a more technically-accurate stitcher. That and it’s nice to see how much progress you’ve made in your skill.

        It did add about two months onto the project, but well worth it I think.

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