This is my favourite block of all (I know I've said that before!). I love the design and the stitching technique, a nice geometric pattern. The trunk and roots are as charted but the leaves are stitched in DMC 4045 a lovely variegated green. Yggdrasil is the Celtic Tree of Life and as usual Becky has found out lots of information about it and posted on the Note of Friendship blog. Apparently Julie is the designer for this alphabet who comes up with the pictures then sends Becky off to research and write the blog. I think Becky deserves a huge round of applause for finding out so much about so many diverse subjects!
(edit - Yggdrasil is, of course, the Norse Tree of Life not the Celtic - thanks to everyone who reminded me of this fact!)
If you go read the post for Yggdrasil you will also find out which inspired person thought of using it - Me! The Large Boy and I play "Guess the Next Letter" each time and we sent our suggestions for W,X,Y and Z to Julie who chose our "Y". Fame!
I have signed up for the new Papillon SAL - Around the World in 80 Stitches. I'm doing the speciality stitch version although I've heard the plain cross stitch one is nice too. I'm going for a plain white fabric and I'll be choosing my colours this IHSW, probably pinks and purples. I noticed bloggers all over showing their floss tosses and started a little list. Then I thought it'd be nice to share this list with everyone. So I asked Yvonne's permission and she said "of course you can". So there is now a nice new page tab at the top of this blog which will take you to a list of Stitchers Around the World and a link to their latest SAL blog post. There won't be photos, that's what Yvonne's Gallery is for, but it'll be a great way of finding other SALers and
So if you'd like to be included and I haven't asked you yet, step up and leave a comment.
Cherry Hill is steaming along. I love this design and the Newcastle it's stitched on. I made a slight error with one sheep, it's a line lower than charted so I had to fiddle with the word "Hill".
Finally, while browsing T'internet (as they say in Yorkshire) I found this fascinating chart on Sprite Stitch:
Game of Thrones map
Anyone a fan of the books/TV show? I love the opening titles. Most programmes get them fast-forwarded but we always watch these ones in full! I do love a book with a map in it. When I was a child I used to spend hours copying the maps from my favourite books!