Friday was my wedding anniversary. We celebrated on Saturday with a visit to the LNS. My husband bought me a bunch of stash. He got me the Soie d'Algier silk for the ornament I wanted to stitch and the Sampler Threads I needed for Octopus's Garden. I also picked up a piece of clearance fabric that looked interesting. Since it was a gift, I don't have to count it in my budget.
I started on "Lights of Advent" which was the ornament I was contemplating buying the Soie d'Algier for. I discovered that the substitute DMC colors weren't even close to the colors of the silk so I'm glad I bought it. The pattern calls for 35 ct. natural linen but the lady at the LNS said going with a 32 ct wouldn't change the size much. So, I looked in my stash and found a scrap of 32 ct. Vintage Country Mocha Belfast linen