Monthly Archives: August 2012

My Favorite Summertime Craft

I have struggled through the past few summers here in Connecticut because I’m always too hot to do anything. The heat is so different here than in California. It’s so humid here, I feel like I’m swimming all the time. My hands get restless. I need something to work on, something to do. But I hate crocheting in the summer. All that warm yarn, ew. I suppose I could work with thinner yarn, but I prefer the thicker stuff. Baking is another summertime no-no. If I had central air, or even an air conditioner in the kitchen, things might be different, but as I learned while baking my birthday cake in late June: my kitchen is pretty much the worst place EVER during the summer. The heat from the oven is too intense when it’s 90 degrees in my apartment and the humidity is at 100%. With the exception of friendship bracelets (which can be annoying to make and usually don’t hold my interest for long), I never had a good summer craft.

This year, I’m happy to say that I have finally found a favorite summertime craft. Cross stitching! The fabric I use is light, the floss isn’t thick and warm, and it’s all very portable. I’ve always wanted to paint or draw, but I’m terrible at it. Cross stitch is a way for me to express myself, and I love it. I’ve been working on a lot of different stuff and I managed to finish my biggest project the other day. It’s a scene from Fez, a fantastic Xbox Live Arcade game. It’s 112×98 stitches (10976 total) on 14ct aida cloth.

The little guy is named Gomez, and I really love his happy face. It was made to be stitched! He’s jumping up to collect a cube, which is a main goal of the game, so as you can imagine, he’s pretty stoked about it. I took a picture every day that I worked on it, for a total of 19 pictures, and put them together in this gif:

I really like the idea of making gifs for all my big projects. I love being able to watch it all come together like that.

I’m also working on some smaller projects, including a few magnets, and even some pins. I’m happy to have something new (and not too warm) to do :]

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