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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Go (North)west Young Man!

I finally put the last few stitches into Heart of the Northwest Territories. It took longer than expected because I ended up doing the specialty stitch completely wrong and had to frog it.


Heart of the Northwest Territories
32 ct white lugana

The Northwest Territories was originally all the parts that weren't Ontario and places further east. Now it's mostly the northwestern part of the country (but not the most northern-western part; that's the Yukon). Over the years bits of it became Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Yukon and finally Nunavut. At the same time it was expanded north all the way to the North Pole, so it's still the third biggest part of Canada.

It's actually "Northwest Territories", there's no "the", but in practice it's weird to say/write so everyone just calls it "The Northwest Territories". Despite being over a million square kilometers has a very small population. Less than 50,000 at last census. It has oil, diamonds, and gold. And it can get to -50C in the winter.

I switched out the charted red because it seems much too pink compared to the model. I'm planning on going back to Heart of Newfoundland and Labrador and frogging that red too. The specialty stitch is the Burden Stitch which was annoying because it was non-symmetrical and I kept miscounting the blue stitches so I had to frog it multiple times. It wasn't difficult, just annoying. This province's bird and flower are the Gyrfalcon and the Mountain Avens. Because it's such a large landmass you can find forests, rivers and mountains as represented in the design.

Next up are Yukon and Nunavut, which I have to rechart since they're incorrectly named in the designs, so that might take me a little longer to get around to. (For the curious: they're charted as "Yukon Territory" and "Nunavut Territory" but their names are "Yukon" and "Nunavut". There is no "Territory" in their official names".)

TitleHeart of the Northwest Territories
DesignerThe Victoria Sampler
Start dateMarch 1, 2016
Finish dateMarch 12, 2016
Total time6.75 hours
Fabric32 ct white lugana
FlossDMC 817 instead of 3721, others as charted

7 comments:

Lesley said...

Lovely finish.

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Great finish many compliments

gracie said...

So pretty...well done

Heather said...

Great job it turned out really nice :)

Rachel Tomkins said...

A beautiful finish but so sorry to read about your annoying frogs. Hopefully they have now been banished from your house. Thank you for the history lesson again. I find little snippets of information like yours fascinating. It makes me want to go and read more... :)

Heather said...

It looks absolutely lovely. Great work.

And how weird that she got the names of the other two territories wrong.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Another great heart finish. 50,000 people is fewer than my town. And it's a small town! The schools must be tiny.

Good luck with fixing the words on the final two.