Hello, friends. This week I cannot wish you a Happy Tuesday. Today I reflect on the loss our country suffered at the hands of terrorism seventeen years ago. I remember where I was when I heard of the first plane crashing into the North Tower and the horror I felt at watching the second plane crash into the South tower, as do most Americans who were old enough to understand what was happening at the time. Today I reflect on the lives lost; the brave people on United Flight 93; the neighboring countries who took in Americans when their flights were diverted elsewhere; to other nations and countries who shared our grief over this tragedy.
On 9/11 I will start stitching on Lady of The Flag. This was a chart released by Wichelt/Mirabilia as a tribute piece for 9/11 victims and their families. The funds from these charts sold went to benefit those victims and their families. I wasn’t able to purchase the original chart and in recent years they were out of print, and hard to find. The prices for these charts on eBay had skyrocketed into the hundreds of dollars. A few months ago Wichelt decided to re-release these charts in a very limited run. Many shops created a lottery system to purchase these charts, as Wichelt had limited the amount each cross stitch could purchase to 10 copies only (until supplies ran out… so not all shops were able to purchase charts). I was lucky enough to be one of the 10 winners for one shop, so I was able to obtain a copy. This piece was the perfect one to stitch to commemorate Josh’s time going through the Navy Nuclear Program. I will be stitching her in the blue color conversion that Carrie Hankinson Reinhart came up with (the link will only work for those who are members of Stitchy Maynia on Facebook). Today, 9/11, is exactly the appropriate day to start her. To remember those who perished on this day, 17 years ago, and to honor my son’s courage and commitment to serve in the United States Navy.
As far as last week’s progress, I did finish Grimes Ghost by Silver Creek Samplers. He was stitched on 32 count Silvery Moon lugana from Zweigart. I changed most of the colors on this one to flosses I had on hand. He was certainly fun to stitch up, and those buttons on his coat are fantastic. This chart is based on a poem by Albert Gorton Greene called Old Grimes.
On Sunday I spent a few hours stitching on my Peace on Earth chart from Cottage Garden Samplings. I had started the left (solid) side of the house the last time, and was halfway done with that side of the house when I stopped stitching last time. On Sunday I finished the wall side of that house, and then worked on the grout lines on the bricks for the right side of the house, as well as worked a bit on the roof. I’ll pick that one back up next Sunday!
This week I’ll be working on a different stitching project each day, and I’ll have two new starts. One of which is Lady of the Flag. I’ll talk about the second new start next week!
Hug your friends and family and tell them you love them. Each day isn’t guaranteed, and this day, September 11th, reminds us of that more sharply than other days.
This Weeks To-Do List:
- Two new starts
- Stitch on SALs
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