Sunday, September 6, 2009

Week Thirty-Six: Prairie Schooler September Squirrel










Happy September! The leaves are starting to slowly change color, the nights are (much!) cooler, and there is that certain autumn-like scent in the air here in Pennsylvania. I'm beginning to see more and more grey squirrels like this one scurrying around collecting their supplies of nuts to hoard for the cold winter months ahead. I stitched this little guy, from Prairie Schooler's "Spring and Fall" chart, on 32-ct. flax Belfast linen using DMC threads.


I've also stitched the May and October pieces from this leaflet and, to save money, I use the same frame for each--just popping the stitching out to replace with a new month. Do you think I'll ever finish all twelve? Anyway, here is Mr. September Squirrel in his new home with two new friends. The carved wooden squirrels were my grandmother's and I still remember them being on display in her home. One has a chipped ear--I wonder if I did that as a child? They've always brought back fond memories of her welcoming, warm home...

I suppose you could say I've been lucky to have a lot of extra stitching time lately, but it came at a price. About three weeks ago, I hurt my right foot when a piece of metal shelving fell on it at work (and you thought libraries were nice, quiet, safe places to work!). As the first week went by, it kept hurting more and more so I finally had it x-rayed. No break, just a deep bone bruise which can take months to heal. I can walk, but with pain and a slight limp, and was instructed to keep my foot elevated and iced. Not much improvement yet and I'm starting to get discouraged... But at least two of my favorite activities (stitching and reading) are perfect for someone with an injured foot!

15 comments:

Shari said...

girl, you have the most adorable charts!!!! I love this guy!!!!! Now, I wonder if I have this PS chart..... is it called Spring & Fall, like you called it?!!?!
Too cute & so smart about the frames!!!!
Gosh, sure hope the foot gets better soon!!!!

Daffycat said...

Wonderful finish and it's framed so perfectly.

I really, really love grandmother's squirrels!

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Oh my dear, your poor foot and in your library no less! Plz try to take it easy, bone bruises are no fun. You're so very clever with your frame. This finish is almost as nice as you Nana's squirrels:)

Myra said...

Sorry to hear about your foot. If there is a bright side, just be glad it was your foot and not one of your stitching hands. :o) The squirrel is so cute yet elegant. I absolutely love the frame, he/she looks great in it. Happy Labor Day!

Barb said...

Love the squirrel! Where did you get the "wormy" wood frame? It's perfect.

Hope your foot is getting better. For us stitchy-reader types, this kind of injury is not so bad!

Andrea said...

Love Mr Squirrel and the frame is perfect for a September piece. Sorry to hear about your foot....at least it wasn't your hand.

Siobhan said...

Youch!! Sorry to hear about the foot, it sure does sound painful. I hope it starts feeling better soon.

I love your little squirrel guy! :) The frame is so nice--great idea to pop the different pieces in & out as the months change. I love PS's autumnal designs--they are classic. It sounds odd, but I miss seeing squirrels--I am so used to them being there in Delaware that I miss not seeing them here in Ireland.

Feel better soon!

Pam said...

Ouch!! I hope your foot feel better soon. At least youu can get some stitching done while your resting it.

Kim said...

Love the squirrel, he looks so cute in that frame. I have this chart in my stash and I think I just may have to pull it out and stitch him soon :) OUCH! the injury to your foot sounds painful, I hope it is feeling better soon.

Cindy's Stitching said...

Sorry to hear about your foot. At least you can do your favorite hobby while being injured. will visit often to see your new finished.

Cindy

Violet Viola Viooltje said...

So sorry to read that your foot isn't feeling better.
:o\
I love all 3 squirrels (I've that chart too) they are adorable, and what a beautyful huge acorns do you have.
Keep your foot up, try to rest (read and stich) and take care.
(((virtual huggg, tea, chocolate and a stroopwafel)))
:o)

Rachel S said...

I hope your foot feels better soon. That piece is adorable!

Ranae said...

Love the finish, you can send him over for some acorns,lol we have tons.
Hope your foot is feeling better

Lauralness said...

I love squirrels!! Great finish.

I hope your foot starts to feel better soon :(

Ms. Wright said...

Hey Care,
Well, I have been so busy that I haven't had a chance to check out your latest endeavors....I love the squirrel and the pumpkin patch and the herb work (reminds me of Italy). They are all just wonderful---you are so very talented! Clearly, you are the only creative one in the family.
Miss you much,
Jule