cozy mysteries | Hazel Holt VIDEO

Today's video is about my mad crazy love for cozy mysteries lately!
Hope you enjoy and thank you for tuning in.

Merry Birthday, Jane Austen // Just Cross Stitch Magazine Christmas Ornament issue 2018

I was delighted when asked by Just Cross Stitch to contribute a design to this year's Christmas Ornament issue. I knew straight away that I wanted it to be Jane Austen themed yet linking her to Christmas is never easy as it wasn't as big a holiday then as it is for us now. So connecting Miss Austen was tricky yet since she had a December birthday, that seemed kismet. 

I hope you enjoy stitching MERRY BIRTHDAY, JANE AUSTEN and perchnce it is a design that lasts the whole year over, not just in December. Accompanying every designer's piece is a favorite recipe and a festive memory - I included the recipe for CHOCOLATE CHIP PIE and wrote about New Year's Eve 1999 before the new century dawned.

You can locate this issue in your local bookstore or needlework shop!

I have added a clip about this on The Sampler Girl youtube channel if you wish to have a view :

Merry stitching!

Peace like a river

Virginia is the only place I have ever called home. I went away to college for awhile (yet in the same state) and then came back and never lived anywhere else. The Potomac River flows ever constant nearby and even though I can't see it from my home, I feel its steady rythm, its comfort in my being. 

I pass this river many times a day, a week, a month, a year and the views never get old. The picture above was taken at dusk on the last day of August. The very last evening of August, summer 2018. The current was swift and it reminded me of how life rapidly ebbs along. Stumbling over itself at times, hitting obstacles along the way and then at other times, smoothly moving along. Time is precious. Fragile. Always going forward. As the water moves in its favoried direction, so do we follow our path. 

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Sweet birthday wishes to my mom, Lucy. 

She's the light that shines in every room she enters. 
Her beauty is youth in a bottle.
She's the epitome of classic style.
She's hilarious, smart, honest, and creative.
She looks fabulous at 68.


Test Knitting

Perhaps, after all, our best thoughts come when we are alone. It is good to listen . . . to the brook running cool over polished stones, to bees drowsy with the weight of pollen. If we attend to the music of the earth, we reach serenity. And then, in some unexplained way, we share it with others.
-Gladys Taber
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I'm test knitting a shawl design by Clare Devine. It's a lovely pattern and I'm eager to get moving onward very soon to the applied border section. This is my progress as of this morning.

As I said in my latest knitting video, I've misplaced the ball band to the yarn and haven't a clue what colorway it is or who made it. So frustrating because I am in love with everything about it and would like to get more sometime. I still have one more place to look where lost yarn ball bands go in my cupboard, so fingers crossed. Have you ever test knit a pattern for a designer? It's a fun process and sometimes harder than others, depending on design and designer's draft of instructions. 

As I type, the morning sunshine is flowing in and out of the swaying tree branches. Birds are already chirping their song and shadows are dancing on the nearby footpath. There's something golden about late summer mornings. August is saying it's not ready to close summer's door just yet .. there's plenty of warmness yet to surround. 

NEW PATTERN :: Legend of the 3 Sisters

Happy Monday!
I have a NEW pattern that I just added to THE SAMPLER GIRL ETSY SHOP.

LEGEND OF THE 3 SISTERS is inspired by the legend of The Three Sisters of an Indian tribe that drowned while crossing the Potomac River near the Key Bridge in Washington, DC. This area is regional to me and has always been fascinating lore in the area.

Three rocks formed after their deaths and many tragedies have occurred since then when boaters and swimmers try to cross the area. Captain John Smith was the first known European to see the sight in 1607.

Black & White chart via EPATTERN download on etsy - hope you enjoy stitching it!

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