I’ve lived in California since 1980 and I’m afraid sometimes the weather is not “normal.” That means it’s either raining too much or raining too little. Not being a native and being from Pennsylvania, this tends to confuse me.
Knock on wood, this year is shaping up to be normal for rainfall. So far this month, it has rained 8 out of 10 days. And most days are grey. When I sit at my desk, I can tell if it’s raining by watching for drips on the trash cans and the driveway.
The two days the sun was out this week, the birds went crazy outside flying all over. I think they were happy to be dry.
Between this and all the bad weather Back East it got me thinking about stitching in bad weather. Many folks tell us that this bad weather is “perfect for stitching.” But is this really true?
That’s what’s been preoccupying me. In this grey weather I am feeling the need for a few things from my stitching:
— quick fixes – projects I can stitch quickly and get done. Then I can have a glow of accomplishment to overcome the grey skies.
— easy stitches – so I don’t get frustrated when I can’t stitch something.
— bright colors – the subtle shades I often use won’t lift up my mood. I’m craving bright colors.
All this came to me in a flash on Thursday night. I was working on a sampler and it was going slowly at best. The accent in the piece is an extremely bright shade of Encore and I was using that. While watching Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix (watch it, it’s good) I got most of a patch done.
I realized it was the bright colors that were being an antidote to the grey skies. Now I know I need to concebtrate on the brighter projects in my bag when it rains. I think today I’m going to work on the Easter Basket but on those lovely bright eggs or the bright and rich background. I’ll save the basket for the sunshine.