About ____ years ago (I don't remember, it was so long. My nieces were young children, so ...), I stitched cross-stitch ornaments for everyone, with the idea of attaching them to the bows on their gifts. This was a great idea, and I got nearly all of them stitched. Then I fail to remember what happened, but the pieces and the supplies got put away into a box and that was the end of that.
Fast forward to now, when I realized that I could a) put the ornaments already finished together, and b) stitch some more. Because now there are a lot of different people who might enjoy them. I found the box, and the stitched items were safely inside. I found more of the patterns/kits that I had to move forward, as well as needles, fabric, and floss (so much floss from my mother!**).
What I did not find? Small hoops. Not a one. Now I am not a person who can successfully "stitch in hand," as they say, particularly on really small items. So I need the hoop. I do not consciously remember throwing away the ones I'd had, but after looking in all the places I could guess they might be, I still came up empty handed. Sigh. It's like a version of "Water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink."
This is of course not insurmountable. I can walk to A.C. Moore over the next few days and buy a few hoops. Or at least I hope I can - I just heard on the news this a.m. that A.C. Moore is going out of business, and that some of the stores will re-open as Michael's, but not until after the first of the year.
I think I will however, not count on doing anything for this year - I can get a start on next year because since they are small items, they don't take long to do, and would be good palate cleansers in between projects.
But I still need some hoops. :-)
In Larger Needle News, I did the bind off on the funnel neck of my Pabaig sweater, so there are just the sleeves left to knit. I also received the second set of yarn that I ordered to finish it - that came in record time, of course. Anyway, I'll knit the sleeves, and the leftover as well as extra yarn will be incorporated into a hat or something like that. But I feel certain that I'll able to finish the sweater soon, which pleases me, since I wanted to at least be finished in 2019.
And that's the plan ... I'll keep you posted.
**Seriously, folks, I have A LOT of floss - if you need some for a project, feel free to contact me before you buy any - I'm happy to send some to you if I have it!