Friday, November 16, 2007
A Friday Poll
Oh, don't know what an ort is? It's that small piece of thread left after stitching that is too small to reuse or too small to save for another project. If we ran to the garbage can with every ort, we would spend more time getting up and down than stitching. So they accumulate. In some large projects it is sometimes hard to see any progress, but the pile of orts grows and we know we have done something, even if it is not a very visible something.
As I was cleaning up the living room in preparation for the visit by our landscaper, I looked at my pile of orts. I've been collecting that pile for several visits here and it was somewhat impressive. But although I moved my stitching elsewhere for this afternoon, I couldn't really justify saving the orts any more. So they were thrown away. Then I wondered how long other people save their orts.
I know I have almost all the orts from my Pineapple Fish needlepoint. Since I stitched a lot of this while traveling, there was no one place to stash them and I couldn't just leave them hanging around a hotel room or my in-laws. So I have a Snack sized ziploc with most of the orts from this project inside. I even have a picture of my orts from a mostly blue project. I thought they looked photogenic. Other orts just stick around until I clean up my stitching area, which could be in a week or in a month. I rarely throw them out after a project is done, because I am often too eager to start the next project and just jump right from the last stitch of one design to the first stitch of the next design.
Thanks for reading and thanks for voting in the poll.