During these times of uncertainty I find I am rethinking my “I hate the opera” proclamations of the past, having been moved to tears listening to Maurizio Marchini serenading his fellow Florentines from his balcony during the lockdown. I cannot listen to this man without crying.
And then there are those crazy goats… what’s going on there? They’re just so happy. My husband follows a number of goat accounts on Instagram, as do I now. There’s even a hashtag “Happy Goats” and on YouTube millions of people have watched videos like this one, because who doesn’t love watching baby goats frolicking about?
Which leads me to otters. I adore them. I’ve had a photo of a sea otter on my desktop for months now. And after doing a bit of research I learned that they love eating sea urchins, which proliferate if left untouched. So, it turns out, sea otters help the ocean’s eco-system by eating sea urchins. Just one more reason to love those little rascals. Look at him. He is SO cute!
A few weeks ago someone mentioned they wanted a needle roll and I thought – Perfect for my Sea Otter! I began designing one and added a couple of sea urchins. My needle roll is now available in my Etsy Shop, click ‘here‘ and includes templates and colored pattern for both left handed and right handed design as well as a 20 page Instruction booklet filled with color photographs. As I was designing I asked my YouTube Subscribers what kind of closure they preferred and the overwhelming choice was a ribbon tie. So I made my needle roll with a ribbon tie. A magnetic closure was a distant second, but I need to do a little more research and experimentation before I can incorporate that into a design.
As I designed and began creating, I video taped the whole process. I have more than 7 hours of video to edit, but released the first of many, this morning, on my YouTube Channel, On the Other Hand.
Happy stitching, and if you don’t stitch then happy whatever you do love doing, including opera. ❤️