Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Cape Stitcher has a birthday

You've heard the saying many times: "My, how time flies when you're having fun!" A year ago today, The Cape Stitcher made its debut in blogdom. Pierre the Penguin and I offer many thanks to all of you who have visited, occasionally as well as regularly, to follow my projects in progress!

In reading the blogs of other folks, I've noticed two things different about this one. First, I don't have a "blogroll" listing the contributions of others who are equally passionate about needlepoint. My response to frequent queries about this absence is simple: I don't want to take the risk of leaving someone out and hurting anyone's feelings!

I also don't have a "completed projects" list--I sure wish I were computer-savvy enough to add this, and perhaps in time I'll catch on! So, in the meantime, I scrolled through the 167 posts of the previous year and compiled a list of everything I've stitched--and finished--since Nov. 29, 2008.

My own designs: 10 lighthouses (bringing the total number to 86); four "Eggs for All Seasons;" three mini-socks; three angels; and one Penguin. Then there's the crazy- quilt box-lid insert, the Halloween door-hanger "Dreamgirls," and the model for a Lobsterman stand-up. I adapted two original pieces of artwork for needlepoint: my father's pen-and-ink drawing of Central Park, which launched the blog, and a Kyrgyz pillow from a textile fragment.

Collaboration: An underwater scene, with fish designs provided by Judy Harper.

Canvases designed by others: Mindy's "Country Christmas" pillow and a Zellig tile design by Jan Fitzpatrick. I stitched the models for two designs by Gail Hendrix--"Nippon Textures" and the "Sweet Tooth" gingerbread house--as well as three more of her ornament canvases for myself.

I counted them all and discovered I'd finished 34 projects in one year. Gee, guess I'm not a slacker after all--and I sure do love to needlepoint!


Possibilities, Etc. said...

and I surely do love your blog! I've learned a great deal from you, just when I thought there wasn't anything else to learn of interest!! Thanks for being there with my morning coffee each day!! Your work is delightful, as well as your presentation of it.

Edy said...

Happy Birthday!

Your blog is a treasure trove of information for me about fibers and stitches, and actually seeing them up close and personal makes the whole process of learning from you immensely enjoyable.

Blow out the candle and keep this blog up for many, many years to come!

BFromM said...

Happy blog birthday! I love reading your blog. I love watching you blend floss. It's amazing how you pack details in your lighthouses, without overwhelming them.

threadmedley said...

Happy First Anniversary! Your blog is always a joy to read. Not only do you put lots of tiny details into your canvases, but even more tiny details into your posts about how you stitch them. We're all learning from you and look forward to every new canvas.

Cool City Stitcher said...

Congratulations on your most productive and successful year! I'm so glad I 'met' you, and I look forward to many, many years of learning from your blog.

LIZ said...

Happy Anniversary! Hasn't it been fun? I know all of your followers appreciate what you do, and what you have to say about it, as much as I do. Keep it up, please!

coral-seas said...

Happy Blogiversary! I think I have been following you pretty much from the beginning, thanks to a tip of from Judy.

I love your detailed stitching and detailed descriptions.

Here's to another productive year.


Cyn said...

Hi Anne,

Congratulations on your one year anniversary in blogdom!

Love the blog!!!

If you need any techno help, you know where to find me. It will just take us a moment or two to setup a list of completed projects. :-)

Windy Meadow