2012 is supposed to be the year of WIPs for me since I will be taking part in Measi’s WIPocalypse. This means that I’ve been thinking about all the projects I’ve got hanging around that need to be finished. And, believe me, there is a lot. At last count, I was somewhere around 44 projects that have been started, and at least another 68 that are kitted and ready to go. Truthfully, I’m completely embarrassed by these numbers. Who needs that much stuff just sitting around unused?! And with the CreativFestival on the horizon, and an order I have to pick up at my LNS this week (which I now realize I totally don’t need, but feel an obligation to buy since part of it is a special order), those numbers will get even higher. So, rather than wait for 2012, I decided to poke around in my workbasket to see what I could find.
This is Live Fully by Jennifer Aikman-Smith (Dragon Dreams). It is stitched with DMC floss and three colours of Crescent Colours floss on 28 count Toasted Almond Jazlyn. The pattern is from the 2010 CreativFestival, and, unlike some CreativFestival patterns, Jennifer has not made this one avaialble through Patterns Online.
I made only a minor change to the design. The blue circles should have a blue square stitched inside them, but I liked the look better with the circle empty.
I hate to admit that I don’t completely remember the story behind this design. I believe that Jennifer was inspired to create it when one of the ladies with whom she attends a yearly stitching retreat passed away from cancer at a relatively young age. Whatever the impetus, the design itself is lovely, especially with the over-one hands in various shades to represent sharing. I look forward to getting it framed and hanging it on my wall.