Cross Stitch Smalls by EEF and My Afghan

A couple more Ewe and Eye and Friends cross stitch smalls are done!!

tea cup complete smallerTiny Teacup Scissor Companion – EEF @ 2000

My Day 14 start was The Tiny Teacup Scissor Companion.  It was bought as a kit from EEF — probably at one of the black sheep events.  The kit included Italian linen, Anchor floss, chart and red scissors.  So…. as I was stitching it looked like something was off.  I counted, re-counted and all was good.  I did the border last — it is 40 stitches by 40 stitches — and as in the photo it didn’t look square.  It is not an optical illusion… it is taller than it is wide.

The finished size is 2″ by 2 3/8″.  Counting out the linen, it is an uneven weave 35 by 40.  Yikes!! Good thing the cup would be cute regardless but it would have been fun to see it short and fat rather than tall and slim.

And, for the record, the package says the linen is 32 count while the chart states 35 count. So happy the size doesn’t matter for this!!

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angel scissor weight finished smallerAngel Scissor Weight by EEF @ 2000

This super cute Angel Scissor Weight was my Day 2 start.  It was an EEF Holiday kit — probably around 2000 but no date is on the chart.  It came as a kit with linen for stitching and backing, floss and three buttons.

I stitched this using two strands of floss rather than the one strand suggested — I like the heavier look.  The eyes looked a little vague as instructed so I added an extra “x” over the top using the darker green.  Another change was the backstitch for the nose and brows — I used a darker color so it would be more visible.

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My favorite afghan pattern….

afghan smaller

My Mom and I found this pattern about a million years ago – probably in the early 1970’s.

I have not found the original pattern, but I know it is somewhere in the house.  I am working from a copy that is ripped stained and perfectly acceptable!!

The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn and a size 8 circular needle.  I am using Caron Simply Soft in color Autumn Maize but I did change the needle size to 7.  You can’t see the needle in the photo but I am using an Addi Turbo and am thrilled with how much easier it is to manipulate the popcorn stitches.  This is knit in one piece so when you are done, you really are done!  Over the years I have made a few and my guess is that this is number 6, I really like this pattern.

 

 

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