Saturday, May 15, 2010

Stitching Blogger's Question for May

No, I haven't started Hawaiian Mandala back up again, but I wanted to use this picture to illustrate the answer to the May Stitching Blogger's Question.

"Suppose we say that there are two types of stitchers.
There are those who enjoy the “process” of stitching. They stitch for stitching’s sake and if something gets finished, so much the better, but it’s not necessarily the end goal. Primarily, it’s the application of needle and thread to cloth that makes them happiest.
Then there are those who are “project” stitchers. They move steadily through their projects, certainly enjoying their stitching time, but finding their greatest joy in the completed stitching.
If you had to pick one to describe yourself, which type of stitcher would you be? I imagine that we could all say that we fall somewhere in between, but really think hard about this and try to pick just one. And once you have decided whether you’re a Process or Project stitcher, tell us if your recognize that approach in other parts of your life."

There is no question, but I am a Process Stitcher.  I love the specialty stitches (even the difficult Jessicas seen as red-orange flowers at the bottom of this picture) and the colors of this pattern.  The real question is whether I stitch so that I can listen to podcasts or listen to podcasts to keep my mind occupied while I stitch?  There are two weekly podcasts (MacBreak Weekly and This Week in Tech) and two Monday through Friday podcasts (Marketplace and Buzz Out Loud) that I listen to regularly and several other odd podcasts that I used to listen to.  But with my stitching hiatus I am woefully behind listening -- I'm only now listening to podcasts broadcast in early March!  It sort of gives listening a historical flavor.  My husband says I should skip the last two months and just start up again, but I keep telling myself that I have so much stitching to catch up with that eventually I will run out of podcasts to listen to.  But the real reason that I know I am a process stitcher is that have a drawer full of stitched pieces with very, very few finishes.  About the only things I have finished are those things that I have given away.  Even the pieces where I have definite finish in mind aren't framed much less hung on a wall.  Someday Warm Water Wash will hang in the laundry room in Maui, but not someday soon.

As far as Process or Projects in my life, I am definitely a Project Person.  I really enjoy seeing a tidy room, a drawer full of organized papers and a bookshelf in alphabetical order.  But the actual process of said projects does not fill my heart with joy.   Neither does laundry or ironing, which I am going to tackle today.  About the only Process that I enjoy more than the end result is cooking.  When I was less tired, I loved the process of researching recipes, gathering ingredients, following the instructions, and tasting as I went along.  For the most part I didn't gobble up all the finished product, but was happy if other people did.  Now I feel successful if I make a piece of toast and eat it.  LOL.

On the health front, I am doing well.  My bloodwork on Monday (after only a few days of radiation and chemo) came back with good values.  I will know even more this Monday after a full week of radiation and chemo.  I am even driving myself back and forth to radiation while James is on Maui dealing with a legal issue with a supposedly illegal pedestal that holds up the electrical meters for four houses at the edge of our property.  Maui Electric Company demanded it be seven feet tall when the house was built, but the county now says that all "walls" within 25 feet of the property line can only be a maximum of four feet.  If we lower the pedestal it will make it difficult to read the meters and a flash flood could destroy the meters altogether.  Bureaucrats!  James will be back tomorrow morning, so I better get busy processing the clutter around here.


mainely stitching said...

Beauracrats indeed!!

Hey, it's great to hear that your doing well on the health front! :D

Front Range Stitcher said...

Very pleased to hear that your treatments are working; you sound very good and positive on all fronts. Thanks for keeping us updated. I'm pretty sure I'm a project stitcher.