Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Hermit update!

I.can't.stop.stitching.  Yet, it feels like I am making zero progress.  I still haven't finished a single page of charting.  Remember there are 20 pages of charts for this beast of a project.  TWENTY!

Here's what a chart looks like --  see all those pen marks?  That's what it looks like after I stitch a square.  I know, crazy!  From chart to stitched design.  Cool, eh?


 Stitching ----------->

I mentioned in an earlier post that stitching is relaxing for me.  It really is.  I find I'm able to turn my brain off and just focus on the movement of my hand as I make each 'x'.  Sometimes though, stitching makes me perseverate on something - maybe about a patient I saw that day, or a friend that I'm worrying about.  But that's okay, because as I stitch and think about things, a calmness comes over me.  It's like stitching helps me put things into perspective. 

I am counting the minutes until I can stitch again.


  1. Hi Mimi,

    I have 20 pages also and I haven't even started to stitch it!

    I spent five hours today gridding for the first page - ripping out and doing over and recounting - it was a nightmare! I had to put the thing down before I even got started because it was making me crazy. But I am happy I've got all of the prep work out of the way.

    It certainly LOOKS like you're making progress. And it's not the final product; it's the journey and pleasure of making it. (Okay and the final product, but still.) For me, it's the act of stitching. Like you said - calming. I hope to start on my HAED this week or weekend. I have so many projects sitting in my rotation and so many not started. I should have enough to keep me busy for five years and I don't work outside the home!

  2. OOH! I'd love to see a picture of your gridded fabric. Have you posted one on your blog?