I just finished reading Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. Although far from accurate or scientific, it does have a lot of interesting stories and propositions. One measure that he uses for success is 10,000 hours, the amount of time it takes a human being to master a complex task such as a musical instrument, acting, or any job requiring expertise. I'm sure some of you have spent 10,000 hours (about 20 hours a week for ten years) stitching. It is obvious that I haven't reached that level yet. To be conservative I have probably spent about five hours a week stitching over the last two years (520 hours), plus maybe another 500 hours in the years before I started blogging and stitching regularly. Now if I had spent 10,000 hours I would know that I made rules for stitching on airplanes for very good reasons and would follow those rules. The first rule of stitching on airplanes is to never take any work smaller than 28 count (Three Gables is stitched on 30 count). The second rule is not to take any project with predominantly dark colors. I meant to bring a smaller dimension and lower count project on the flight from the mainland and Maui on Tuesday, but I didn't. We were so busy finishing up the first pass on the foundation entries (over 1,000 images) that I barely had time to pack. So I just grabbed up what was closest to hand and left. I tried to stitch the interior frame of the second window and got the thread so tangled that I had to cut it completely out. So I tried to stitch on part of the main gable, but had eye strain before finishing the first thread. With the window shades down the plane was dark!
Once we landed in Maui we have been working through the normal chores that one has in a house; getting repairmen in to fix things (I hope the electrician will call us back) and working on projects (like window coverings) that we meant to finish during the last trip here. We have ordered a new bedroom set for the master bedroom and will put the old bedroom set in the guest room, which is currently home to some very odd odds and ends. It would be good to get the closet in the guest room installed this trip. Eventually we will have Guests and right now the closet is the Big Empty. Guests shouldn't have to pile their things on the floor.
Meanwhile, remember that I was just grabbing projects and shoving them in the suitcase? Well, one project that I grabbed was French Noel by Rouge du Rhin, a kit I picked up in Paris. You might not have seen this project before. I started it in 2000, but set it aside shortly after I started. The white ribbon is bordered by a silver metallic thread. The thread from the kit is actually silver ribbon backed by an awful plastic thread. I started stitching this with the plastic thread and silver ribbon together. It was much easier to strip the plastic thread off the ribbon and just stitch the silver strip. But even with this the silver threads twists. Still this is a small project and I would really like to see it finished this trip. I even bought a daylight light from Home Depot yesterday while my husband was buying a ladder, so I can finally stitch in the evenings here without losing my eyesight. I hope everyone else is having a restful and/or productive weekend. I'm going to go stitch!