How appropriate that they’re for the same person, n’est-ce pas?
Okay, so when I found out in the summer that my coworker was going to have a baby, I was excited. Not because I like kids (I don’t), but I do like her, and this was an excuse to stitch something different! I chose a design by Cinnamon Cat called “Pitter Patter”, which I liked for its colours – she wasn’t going to be finding out the sex beforehand, and this one wasn’t full of your typical pastels. (It was a boy, by the way, born Boxing Day.) I finished the bulk of it in December, and just before we left work on New Year’s Eve, the e-mail came around with a name and date. It might be a sad comment on my social life that my New Year’s Eve was spent at home stitching, but to this I say, “Bah.” It was too cold to go out, anyway. I put in the final stitch just shortly before 10:00, effectively making it my final project of the year. I spent the next two days applying coats of purple spray paint to a black six-inch frame, and voila:
I cannot begin to tell you how glad I am that she chose a short name. “Ren” means “lotus” in Japanese, according to her e-mail, and I thought maybe a stitched card would be a nice touch. I Google-searched the Japanese symbol for his name, and hope against hope that I’ve charted it correctly and haven’t called him something offensive in the process:
First project of 2010, w00t!
And now…now it sits, wrapped in vintage baby shower paper, in a bag under my desk so that if she should swing by the office for an impromptu visit, I’m prepared!