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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Just one stitch

I have a stressful job, not physically but sometimes mentally I am stressed out. It helps that I have a bit of drive home to work out some of the stress before I get home but I really want to be able to stitch more often in the evening because for me it really is a stress reliever. I have been considering this a lot since I got back from vacation and realized that I don't really have time built into the day to do that on the days that I work. I want to be more intentional about that. I was reading some other blogs today and someone else had their finishes listed and the list was huge. I just can't imagine ever getting that much stitching done in  a year. I will be lucky to add even one more thing to the list for this year. I am not worried about it but realized that stitching truly makes me happy why am I not taking more time to do it.
For a long time I wrote on a board who had a section on folks who stitched "the daily strand" and that was a way to work to finish a piece that had been neglected or one you really wanted to get finished. The commitment was to stitch a strand a day on something.  I think I will go back to the daily strand and see if that will help eke out the time to get  a few stitches done and improve my frame of mind.
Hope your day found you time to stitch.  If so what were you working on? marjo

7 comments:

  1. I've heard of the daily strand theme too. It sounds like it might work. But honestly, when I'm absolutely spent from work even a daily strand can be a nightmare. I've learned that when I'm to that point, it's best to not touch anything. There are nights though when I could stitch and I don't and I realize later that I miss the calmness that it gives me. I'm looking forward to seeing how this works for you. What neglected WIP will you be working on?

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  2. I, too, tried the daily strand for awhile, but life often got in the way. I do try to stitch every day, but with my job situation right now, I find that I don't get to sit down with a project on a daily basis. I'm currently working on a LHN Christmas ornament to give to my niece. I also finished two needlepoint ornaments during a 5hr. car trip on Sunday.

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  3. I know if I worked full time there's no way I'd stitch as much as I do. I hope you find a way to squeeze more stitching into your day!

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  4. I totally understand. I am in the same position. I too have a stressful job and a family that needs me after work. I love your idea of a strand a day. I have recently made a decision to stitch a little bit every day in a effort to try to get something completed - we'll see how it goes. So far, 3 days in and I've stitched at least 30 minutes each day. Some of it on my lunch break - but that's more than what it was. Sometimes I would go weeks without a single stitch. No wonder nothing gets finished! I'm going to join you and hopefully we can encourage each other! That is if you'd like that.

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  5. i know exactly what you mean marjo - many times i have no stitching time in my days. By the time I get home from work then it's getting dinner together and cleaning it up and other errands that need doing. Also need to spend time with my husband too. I try not to compare my finishes to others but sometimes it's hard not to! i hope your strand-a-day helps.

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  6. Marjo I think all of us that work have the same woes - I am blessed that I have a very quiet household (no children - no pets) and can come home - eat dinner and if I am lucky get in my chair and stitch or knit. If I get 2 hrs a night I am very lucky. My hooking is what is suffering - I tried the 10min a day hooking mantra but I keep my frame and stuff in my wool room and it is in the back of the house - far away from hubby in the sun room so I am fallen off my 10 min a day and therefore I am struggling with getting even one rug finish this year. Still have 2 mos left to finish Merry Halloween - I'd like to try - good luck with trying to eek out more time - it's not the finishes but the journey that is important to me. Enjoy your journey - Mel

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  7. Your alphabet blocks is looking wonderful. I know exactly what you mean about finishes. I am seriously lacking this year. It's really depressing actually. I don't know how I used to get so much more done! I'm waiting for things to slow down, but I doubt that will happen any time soon. Problem is that I keep adding lots of patterns and fabric to my stash, so when will I ever get the chance to finish it all?!
    Hope you get some stitching done too!

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