Had to put the knitting needles aside in favor of completing January's Neglected Floss SAL and gosh this was WONDERFUL. Granted it is still too cold for my fingers to work properly but I did it just the same.
First up are the two borders. For the NFSAL you get two borders and then the sampler style year border in Magical's blog post from November 2019 entitled ANNOUNCEMENT POST. Not knowing what the patterns will be like throughout the year may or may not cause some pre-pattern post stress, but fear not! I have determined that each month will go with each border if you chose not to do the year sampler type border.
Let us talk about the first border. Here we have what may look like interconnected flowers OR interconnected acorns. Because of the way they are stitched, I'm going with flowers.
This border is 65 x 65 stitches wide and high. It's quick, it's easy...........until you hit that snag in the middle that might throw off your stitching by a stitch if you aren't careful. Mind that middle flower!
I chose the Delft Blue combination as I love Delft blues. The Navy Blue really gives this some WOW as you can see. I have to apologize now for the darkness of the shot as it was night time and I couldn't seem to get a better picture.
Next up is the leafy border. It doesn't look intimidating in the least and pretty straight forward until you start stitching. Suddenly thoughts of WHY DID I? and THE DESIGNER IS EVIL! come to mind, but in the end it really is worth the time.
I will honestly inform you that this border pattern is time consuming, but if you enjoy leaves, backstitching and having a fabulous final border, THIS is the one for you. However............do not be deceived by either border. Each one will add flavor to each month's patterns.
The finished piece for the January pattern goes VERY well with the second, more time consuming border. As you can see, it literally is perfect.
Walt Whitman couldn't begin to describe the leaves in this finished piece! It really is fabulous.
I will be starting the 12 month border soon and since that has already been shared I can show it as I go along. Once it is finished I'll continue putting the monthly patterns in each square.
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I recommend you join the FB group to see how everyone else is doing things in case you need inspiration. There are some AMAZINGLY creative minds out there and I'm constantly blown away by color choices and end results.
I'm taking some time away from stitching to rest my painful hands and have picked up my knitting needles again. I expect it will take some time to use up all the cotton, but I'm okay with that. Whatever makes you happy, right?
We are on the tail end of January and just around the corner will be warmer weather, spring, gardens being planted and the ability to be outside. I can't wait!
Until next time my sweeties.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'!