Once I finally mastered the dreaded blanket stitch and found out how easy it is my mind went blank. All those projects I swore I’d make if I ever learnt blanket stitch….not one came to mind. Eventually I found something I have always wanted to make: The Scotty Dog softie from Allsorts.
Due to it’s small size and my perhaps-not-quite-so-mastered blanket stitching going a bit abstract in places it took hours to make and in the end I chose to make it into an ornament to keep rather than a soft toy. As I came to finish it I felt like I had stitched a memory into that ornament. I have a bunch of handmade ornaments slowly piling up now that I’ve made over time or received as a gift (and that gift will be treasured for years to come) but the ones I have made have all been just another one for the pile so that if we ever have a Christmas tree it won’t be naked. This silly little Scotty dog will be the first ornament I put on the tree (maybe next year) and sigh and remember the hours I spent cutting it out, pricking myself with pins, swearing myself silly over my ‘mastered’ blanket stitch and finally being able to present a finished ornament to Dave. I feel like all the other ornaments are mine but this one is the first one that is ours. Sounds corny maybe but I feel more and more like that these days. We’re two adults and a cat and God willing we’ll add a child to that number within another two years but after two years together we’re already a family.