It's been a few years since I last did any cross-stitch but at Easter hubby ordered this chart for me. I love Norman Rockwell paintings but I've never been able to find cross-stitch representations of his work here in the UK - until now!
What a wonderful way to make use of all the threads I inherited from hubby's Grandmother:
(this is only some of them!)
The chart calls for 89 (yes - 89!!!) different DMC shades, but my threads are Anchor, so using a conversion chart so I set to work checking off all the ones I had and those I'd need to order.
Well, it turns out I only have 18!!!!! Can you believe it :-/ So with a deep breath (and some good daylight!) I'll have to sit down and see how near a match I can get - I expect I'll still have to order a good few skeins, anyway.
But - it is such a beautiful and intricate picture that I think it'll be worth it.
(Mind you, I'll probably be in my dotage by the time I finish it!)
Rockwell's original artwork appeared as the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, 3rd April, 1948 - but for the purpose of this chart, the image has been 'reversed' in order to show his signature 'correctly'! There are a number of quirks about the picture, it was to celebrate April Fool's Day, after all - see if you can spot all the deliberate 'mistakes', or check here to find the ones you've missed! Good luck!
In other news, the cable jumper is progressing:
The back and front are done and now I'm onto the sleeves. Hopefully they won't take too long, being a 12-row repeat of stocking stitch with raised bands of the reversed stitch - I just have to remember when to purl and when to knit; it goes against the grain to knit on what you'd expect to normally be a purl row, and vice versa!