Yes alright, I haven’t actually listed a stitching update for a looooong time, so here’s your three months or more catchup 🙂
Back in October 2011 I did finish Midi Mystery I. I only started it in August 2005.
I tried The Great Escape, but had problems, so I unpicked it and moved onto the next Chatelaine, Friendly Fullmoon Witch. Unfortunately, part way through this one, I discovered that I was doing my over one stitches with two strands, the same as my over two stitches. The thought of cutting out the over one stitches which I had stitched in-between the over two stitches and then having to stitch both the over one *and* the over two stitches was most disheartening. Also it was this close examination, that I discovered that my tension was all over the place. With my migraines I had lost my fine eyesight and I hadn’t noticed that my tension was slipping, so my top stitches were loose.
I was obviously so very depressed about this that I’ve put that project someplace very special – I’ve spent two days tearing the house apart and I cannot find the project to photograph it! Included below it an earlier photograph of the same photograph – not the current stage including the one over one stitches and lack of tension that need to be removed.
After this disappointment, I simply stopped stitching for the rest of the year. On New Year’s Eve I finally felt well enough to pick up a small kit and start some stitching, So I started Ink Circles – Reindeer Games: The Huddle.
After this, I tried The Great Escape twice more and frogged it twice more. These times, I had the Montenegrin stitch down, but I misunderstood the instructions on how many stitches to do on each row.
After all of this I decided to pull out the one WIP that is the simplest and yet gives me a lot of pleasure. So I spent one night on Angle of Love and got a start on the next section of it.
Other than this, I’ve spent a fair bit of time this January re-organising my blog and my physical stash.
I’m also have a lot of fun with the Project-of-the-Day. Most days I am just walking into my stash room opening a folder or box at random, thrusting my hand in and pulling out a chart. So it’s a surprise to me as well as everyone else as what get’s posted each day.
I’ve learned a couple of things from posting the Projects each day.
- Just because I post an item that I have almost kitted up, I do *not* need to spend money to finish kitting it up right now. I have 365 of these to post, that could add up to a lot of money!
- Who knew that posting these would help me prioritize and declutter? I’ve discovered that posting these has helped me really look at design and ask myself “Do I still love this? Will I really still stitch this someday? Is that someday soon?”
- By the end of the year I should have a smaller, more organised group of charts and kits I know I still want to stitch and a clear shopping list of exactly what I need for just these designs. Who knew this would be an outcome?
I have decided though, from here on in, any chart I post, that I want to give away, I will give people a chance to comment for a period of time (say a week or a fortnight) and then choose randomly from those who ask for the chart within that time. First in best dressed isn’t a fair system if I’m going to do this regularly.
I’ve still got to talk about the two Christmas presents I stitched up (and all the ones I didn’t) and send out thank you’s for all the Christmas presents that have started to arrive – but I think that might be another day. I think this update is long enough already 🙂