Yesterday my 3 year old watched me cross stitching and decided she needed to try it. She has done one project in the past – I found a plastic canvas circle and gave her the full 6 strands of DMC and a really large, blunt needle and let her have at it. They were all straight stitches, all over the place, but she had a ball. This time I figured I would teach her the real thing. My first cross stitch project was on a piece of pink gingham fabric when I was 5 years old. My mother drew large X’s in the shape of letters to spell my name, and I stitched on top of them. I actually had some pink gingham in my quilting fabric stash, so I decided to do the same thing for Adrienne. Since she is only 3 and doesn’t have the greatest coordination (or attention span for that matter), I decided just to do a letter A. I helped her with the first few stitches but then she got the hang of it.
I was right about her attention span, though. She quickly tired of it. But today she wanted to work on it again, and did much more. This is how far she has come:
Looks like we definitely have a new cross stitcher in the family!
A few days ago I finished the border of Peacock Tapestry and snapped some photos. But before I could upload them, we had a bit of a disaster. Not with my cross stitch, thank goodness, but with the computer. Mental note: never, ever give your 3 year old a bottle of water to drink near the laptop. My kids are allowed to play on the computer, but drinks are a big no-no. On this busy night, however, I was washing dishes and my 8 year old son wanted a glass of juice. It was right before bed, so I only got him a small cup. My daughter asked for water, and it HAD to be in a plastic water bottle, not a sippy cup. She made that very clear. I told both of them, like always, “DO NOT SPILL!” While I was in the kitchen, the unthinkable happened. My son put his cup down next to the computer, with some juice still in it. My daughter, wanting to be just like him, did the same with her water. Everything was fine for a while, but then it happened. My daughter went to reach for something and knocked both beverages over. The juice went all over the coffee table and under the laptop, and the water went all over the keyboard. I quickly mopped up what I could, then turned the laptop upside down and put some paper towels inbetween the keyboard and screen. I also took the battery out. The next day the paper towels were wet, so I replaced them. When they stayed dry, I decided to try a reboot. The good news is, it rebooted no problem. The bad news is, the keyboard didn’t work. So I couldn’t even get past the password screen. I let it dry out another day, and tried again. This time a few keys worked, but most still did not. It has now been another day, and I think the keyboard is definitely fried. Fortunately, we had a wireless keyboard that was hooked up to the Wii (one of those things my husband HAD to have, but no one ever uses). I plugged that into the laptop and… nothing. It had been a while since it was last used, so I thought maybe the batteries were just dead. Thanks to all of my kids’ electronic toys, we had plenty of new batteries to choose from. Sure enough, that got the keyboard working. And now I can type on my laptop once again. It’s a bit of a pain, but at least the computer itself works and I don’t have to worry about all of my documents being gone forever. And now, without further ado, the finished Peacock Tapestry (well, the outer border, anyway).