A Cross-Eyed Cricket

Will I finish this by Autumn?

(The above Featured Photo is by Mel Poole on Unsplash)

While recovering I needed to take a break from the knitting I was doing and so thought to work on much neglected cross stitch. I have two WIP’s, but decided to focus on Autumn by The Cross-Eyed Cricket so I could hopefully finish by autumn *insert laughing emoji here*:

I pretty much finished the “T” section of the design. I still have to stitch the spider’s legs and there is a crow that hangs out on the right. Now it may not look like much as I was basically working on finishing up the vines and the flowers of the tree, but lemme tell you somethin, it was a lot of work; I stitched half of that while watching the latest season of Secrets of the Zoo – Tampa.

This is what has been accomplished overall so far:

And if you’re curious, this is what the back of my piece looks like – all tidy and nice:

When I first started cross stitching many moons ago, I used to make knots to anchor the beginning and the end of each thread used. Now, I weave in the ends under stitches which I think gives a cleaner appearance.

Questions for You

  1. How do you start and finish your cross stitching threads?
  2. Do you have a favorite designer you always go to for cross stitch? If so, who?
  3. Do you use DMC or Anchor?
    • Do you know, BTW, what the difference is between the brands?
      • I usually use DMC.
      • The colorful flowers – minus the yellow sections – are of another brand that is of silky fibers and that are dyed with variegated colors.

A Quick Catch Up


Greetings. It’s a quiet Sunday here. Our bellies are full of mashed potatoes, greens, and stuffed tenderloin. The husband made the Costco run this morning which included pork tenderloins as the pork shoulder was a whopping 30 lbs, way too big to fit in our small fridge. The tenderloin recipe is new to me and came out tasty; it has you split open the meat, pound it to a thinner thickness, and then stuff it with spinach, cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes. I didn’t have some of the ingredients so I used substitutions:

  • sauteed power greens for frozen spinach
  • freshly grated Pepper Jack for mozzarella
  • sprinklings of onion powder, garlic powder, dried thyme, and dried basil for Italian seasoning.


I’ve been MIA due to recovering from oral surgery on the 18th; I had implants put in so I was on antibiotics and painkillers. The pain management was much better this time and the swelling less (no bruising) than the surgery before the pandemic had started. I was tired, loopy, and probably did a little too much last week, but this week was better as I had to go back on Mama Uber duty. I got my stitches out Friday which helped. I can eat soft foods now and do the whole mom-for-toddler thing where I use kitchen shears to cut up my food.


My oldest finally has heard back from all the colleges she applied to. We have heard for a long time how hard it is for Asians to get into the Universities of California. There’s so many of us and straight A’s doesn’t cut it anymore.

She had worked with a college consultant during the summer to November, learning about strategies of whether or not to declare a major right away and having some back up schools. Our daughter applied to all nine, UC’s (her main goal); six state universities (back ups); one, local junior college; and two, private universities (she wanted to see if she could get in). Here’s her results:

  • One private university (her coach’s alma mater) said yes.
  • 5 out of 6 state universities accepted her.
  • The local, junior college welcomed her.
  • 7 out of 9 University of California want her!

Isn’t that amazing! So now is the difficult choice of choosing. Three are high priority for sure. We have some in-person &/or virtual events to attend.

Everyone is so proud of our Senior. She works extremely hard academically, is involved with clubs (officer positions), was a dedicated tennis team athlete, and is involved with organizations. I can’t believe our baby will be graduating this year.


Do you Netflix? I finally watched Bridgerton! I love it! It’s entertaining and oh my, are the clothes beautiful. I especially loved the dresses in the last episode of season one; I think the fabric, brocade, may have been used. I liked how jewelry matched dresses, all the dangly earrings and the necklaces of different levels. The men’s waistcoats, cravats, and vests were wonderful as well. I liked the rich colors and how some were made out of velvet. I finished the second season last night. That season made me LOL many times.

I was debating on whether or not to reread the books. I decided I didn’t need to. I like the shows more.

Well, until our next chat, I bid you farewell. Take care and TTYS.

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  1. I also weave in beginning and ends if my cross stitch. Have only used DMC floss and do not know the difference between the two mentioned. Right now I am only stitching from kits so no preferred designer. Glad you are recovering well from your oral sx. It sounds quite painful though. Congrats to your Senior girl. Now comes the hard part of making a decision of which one to go with.


  2. Oh my isn’t that so wonderful over your daughter and all the choices she has. Hard to make a choice no doubt but so rewarding to know they all want her. Good to hear you are recovering from the oral surgery, never easy. I don’t do cross stitch, although I love what you are doing. When I am doing embroidery occasionally for a quilt, I weave the thread (DMC) in – used to make knots too!. Oh yes totally agree with you over Bridgerton, I adore the clothes and the rooms and all the things to feast my eyes on. I haven’t really started Season 2 yet. I’ve read all the books yonks ago, but like you decided I don’t need a reread although they were very good.


    1. Thank you, Kathryn. We’re really happy she has choices; we have a college event to attend this weekend and next so she can kind of get a feel for them. I can’t wait for the third season of Bridgerton; they start shooting this summer. It’s said liberties were taken so I don’t know if it’ll be on Benedict or Collin.

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    1. Thank you very much for everything. Sorry, the featured photo is misleading; that was the only free cross stitch picture WP had. This Autumn piece besides a fairy tale one are the WIPs I’m working on. I may change that pic out.


  3. Hi Stefanie! ☺ Oh gosh, dental surgery…I hope you’re doing okay, it makes me cringe to think of it! Congrats to the Senior!! Wow…having choices, that’s fabulous!! Your stitching is just beautiful! ☺


  4. Just found your blog via Karen’s blog ! I love your Cross Eyed Cricket WIP… I thought about stitching that pattern too. I always weave in the ends of my threads and try to be as neat as possible. My favorite cross stitch designer is Plum Street Samplers, followed by Blackbird Designs. I use DMC, GentleArt Sampler Threads and Weeks Dyeworks. Recently though I started using Cosmo threads.


  5. Ouch! I am glad to hear you are recovering from your oral surgery well. My husband had an implant as well, same stuff here, antibiotics and pain killers. It was no fun for him. 😦

    BIG CONGRATS to your Senior!! That is awesome!!! Good for her. And the choosing is going to be so fun!


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