Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Thinking warm thoughts
It's only one week until April, but I'm peering over my computer monitor looking at snowflakes dancing by my window. This weather phenomenon is called "ocean-effect snow," one of the blessings--or curses--of living 35 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean.
A day like this makes me wish I could join Polly the Penguin, playing her ukulele on the shore of Waikiki. This little penguin was actually commissioned by my friend Sandy Rabideau of Peacock Alley Needlepoint, who shares my quirky sense of humor and wanted a gift for a penguin-loving friend living in Hawaii.
Polly's body is stitched with black Petite Very Velvet and "Snow" Felicity's Garden. Except for a touch of Kreinik #12 tapestry braid for the ukulele strings, the rest of the ornament is stitched in DMC cotton floss. I used diagonal cashmere stitched horizontally for the water and Nobuko for the sand.