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.


g said...

this is too funny...made me laugh !!! and at this time in my life that is an accomplishment...lol...
your stitching still looks like an alien did it..not humanly possible!

Possibilities, Etc. said...

This is toooo cute. My daughter's SIL, who lives behind us, is from Hawaii - she would love it. However, Kalaia is an engineer and doesn't dance the hula. This would work in Austin, where it was 85 again today.