So, in the meantime, I'm stitching "Nickademus," the sock monkey design by Raise the Roof Designs (page 90), in this year's JCS Christmas Ornament issue. Here he is after one night of stitching.
And I dabbled with the dark side last week. I was surfing around on the internet looking at places that sell OOP or HTF or old cross stitch patterns when I came across a brand-new pair of Freedom Gingher scissors. I thought they were kind of pretty and patriotic. They appealed to me because they weren't all flowery and girly like so many of the other limited-edition Ginghers. And they were priced...well they were priced low enough that a tightwad would buy a pair of scissors that she'll never use, but will enjoy looking at. May the Force be with you.