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Friday, April 14, 2006

Stitching Musings

Have you ever just stepped back and looked at the big picture? Recently, I've been doing just that. Lately, I've been very unsettled and I am finding it hard to concentrate on one thing, stay the course with my weight loss efforts and in general, stay in control of the myriad of things that I have to do at work, home and personally.

I've found out there is much that I can not control. And being the control freak that I am, that's frustrating.

Take my stitching, for example. I feel like I am on a swing concerning my stitching. I want all my stash, I don't want it all. I need this chart and fiber, why did I spend the $$$ on THAT! I have 4 active Wips, I really should only work on one thing at a time. See what I mean? Stitching mood swings. I am never satisfied. This is quite maddening. And I am now on a quest for a root cause. Is it generated out of frustration that I can not stitch everything that I want? Is it because I think I can stitch everything and can't find a plan or the time to stitch it all? Is is because I never finish anything and when I do it's years since I began that project? Am I drawn to everyone's stitching and want to keep up? I stitch SLOW. I am limited to the amount of time I can spend stitching right now. Do I just acknowledge my limitations, stay away from everyone's blogs and photo albums and stitch in a vacuum? At any rate, all this adds up to frustration and now, I feel like I am where I am with everything else - things are so out of control so I just don't know where to begin. Please give me some *whine* with my cheese, please!

Otherwise, I am going to participate in an SAL with Danielle. We are going to stitch Merry Cox's *Shaker Spool Holder*. I am intrigued with it. It doesn't look like it's too difficult to stitch, I am a little concerned about the finishing. I need to go to the LNS for supplies (aww-shopping, what a hardship)!

I worked on Prairie Year last night. I dutifully stitched my 2 strands of red into February and remarkably, I only have one more heart to stitch and that motif is finished. Also, April's motif is just about done now. I have a bit of the rabbit's hind leg to stitch and I need to finish up the flowers and I will be done with April. Ahead of schedule. Hey, how'd THAT happen! I really love this piece. It's so teeny tiny over one. I bet that each motif is about 2 inches square. It was a nice piece to start my over one adventure.

So rant over.

Have a wonderful Easter and Passover. May the bunny leave much chocolate for you.


Cathy said...

Ranting is permitted - anytime. You have to get those frustrations out of your system! Do you feel better now?

I spent the evening organizing my stitching room and discovered that, at the rate I complete projects, I have enough to keep me busy for at least the next ten years! Does that stop me from buying more - heck no!

The SAL you are going to do with Dani looks interesting - I'm sure you will have fun with it.

Have a great weekend and a wonderful Easter!

Von said...

Joanie, I so relate to everything you've written about here. It seems to be common among my friends who are close to our age too. Let's hang in there together, do the things we can, and try to let go of those we can't. :D Hope this sal will help your mood.