Thursday, April 17, 2014

On the fence

After a week or so of stitching a bit whenever I can, I have made some progress on the fence and now you can see where the second little birdie is going to be. I had to force myself to do every stitch, it was so dull, colour and otherwise as well. I sort of lost my stitching mojo and I thought that if I find no joy in stitching, I should make myself do the joyless bits, like wooden poles and backstitching, the kind of tasks that normally ruin the stitching process for me. I did tire of this piece eventually, and went on other adventures, of which I will discuss in detail next week.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Boring bits

I know I told you how I was gonna work on the Lanarte kit I started a year ago, but didn't actually get around to post pictures. This was taken after a day or two after I picked it up again. Did work a bit more on the wooden fence in the background, stay with me, I will blog about it soon enough.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Stitchy spot

March 16 – Topic:  Show us your favorite places to stitch.

I don't have any. My flat is 25 square meters small. That is about 270 square feet. That includes the kitchen and bathroom, yes. Not many spots to sit around, let alone comfortably. I just sit wherever I can and make the most of it. Here, an example from about eight years ago:

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Tamara is not well, as soon as she gets better, another infection pops its ugly head up. I'm worried for her health, not just because of the illnesses, but also the whopping amount of medicine she has been taking recently.
To top it off, my sleeping disorder is back, so I get hardly any rest. I am trying to use the unexpected extra time productively. I'm re-reading some of the classic books that were mandatory literature in school, but being too young, I failed to understand and thus appreciate them. I'm reading Madame Bovary and next on my list is Catch 22.
I have done some stitching too. I spent two weeks under the spell of Red. It was weird but fun. I couldn't even think of another project. I still keep it nearby, but now I'm working on a Lanarte kit I started about a year ago. Nowadays I'm too tired to enjoy stitching. I make myself do it because the alternative would be sitting numb in a corner, staring in the distance and drooling quietly.

Monday, February 24, 2014

WIPocalypse sign in

February 14 – Topic: How many projects do you generally feel comfortable having in progress at a time?  Tell us about your one-at-a-time or rotation habits!

LOL. Comfortable. I am very comfortable with the idea of drowning in WIPs. Cross stitching is my favourite hobby, and I am quite certain it has saved me and changed my life for the better. I'm not going to ruin it by setting goals or deadlines or limits. That's not a hobby, that's work. So whenever I feel like starting a new project, I start it. I stitch on whichever WIP itches the most in my mind. I love the whole process, from staring at a chart and drink in the sight, to daydreaming about working on it; gather all the materials, pick or even dye the fabric, do the occasional conversions, experiment; stitch, photograph, blog, stitch, photograph, blog, until the eventual happy dance when I can start daydreaming about framing or other ways of finishing an item. I love all of it. And I'm done apologizing for it. No rules. No habits. No deadlines. Just the joy of stitching.

Monday, February 17, 2014

My love for Mirabilia never dies

Mirabilia has a new chart out, she is called Cassiopeia, and I have already added her to my ever growing wish list. I put Villa Mira aside for a while, as I got fed up with the pinks, and resumed working on Red. No progress photos yet. Last week I managed to buy a few colours I was missing, including black. Now I am back to stitching and loving it. I should write my WIPocalypse entry for this month, but lack the energy. I will make myself do it this week though, stay tuned.