Saturday, October 9, 2010

Stitching Blogger's Question for September

Now that it is October, I thought it was well past the time to answer a question. But I think I will skip the October question about birth order and answer this one.
Is there anything that you do while you are stitching that is kind of weird or unusual? A quirky habit maybe? Or anything that you do that makes you think, Hey…I wonder if anyone else does this?

At first the only thing I could think of was that I always have a drink by my side. It's the desert, people. We need to carry water when we go to the grocery store, even in the winter. 9% humidity is no joking matter. I know most of you probably are yards away from the nearest edible. But I am not talking about greasy nachos here or melting chocolate (those both of those are great in their place). I just need something to drink while stitching, usually Coke, but sometimes iced tea. But then I took a look at this picture and saw a lot of habits that I don't ever think about. First, I always make a copy of the chart. Sometimes I increase the size to see the stitches better or copy two pages on one page. Then I always use a yellow highlighter to mark the parts I have stitched. Probably not that unusual, but it is what I do. I always have my iPhone or iPod by my side for podcasts and audio books. I stitch without my glasses, so watching movies or television is not possible.

The other things I noticed have to do with how I organize my threads. I don't put my threads on bobbins, since they are in Floss*A*Way plastic bags (for DMC) or on rings for everything else. But for DMC threads I do wind my extra thread around the part of the DMC label that does not have the number on it. And I face all my threads towards me so that I can read the labels without picking them up. I also organize the threads on the table in groups of threads that are stitched together. OK, that's probably not very quirky, but those are some of the things that I do.

For those of you looking carefully you can see that I am working on the Headless Dragon here. Yes, I have stitched more of him, but for those of you waiting for a head, you will probably be waiting a long time. I am stitching the pattern clockwise, so the part I am working on now are his rear feet. And after this picture was taken I cleared him away so that I could work on two Fair and Square exchanges. They have both been received, so I can tell you about them in my next post.

43 comments:

Tammy said...

I ave to have a drink to usually diet pepsi and my Blanket (quilt) oh and maybe a cat or two or three around for company.

Anna van Schurman said...

You're very organized!

Donna said...

I wouldn't say any of your stitching habits are weird. And I agree with Anna: you are very organized.

Front Range Stitcher said...

Aside from having well within reach every possible stitching related item needed for the current project, I can think of a few other essentials. Well for one thing, I rarely stitch without my camera nearby; maybe not so weird for a stitcher with a blog. Secondly, I'm usually not dressed in street clothes. Typically I'm decked out in the most comfy of ensembles: robe and socks, sweats, tee shirt, nightgown, nothing binding. LOL! I love to stitch with a cup of coffee, the phone and TV remote closeby and always with a small pillow behind my back. Hair brushed-optional. It's all about comfort the for me.

Meari said...

The only odd (wouldn't say weird) thing you do is lining up your floss on the table like that, lol. You're the first I've seen do that.

Dani - tkdchick said...

I think we all have our own little kwirks! I actually always have a bottle of water with me but it has nothing to do with the desert!

What a cozy looking little stitching corner!

Margaret said...

Love your stitching corner and love the organization. I use floss bobbins but they all have to be in the correct order in my little box with only the one I'm using on the table beside me. Ah yes - the desert - yup we need that bottle of water but I also manage quite a few cups of coffee.

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Jane said...

I hope you are doing okay. I'm missing you...
Jane

Coni said...

I'm with Jane....Stitchy Blogville isn't the same without you.

Please know that we're thinking about you and praying for your speedy recovery and that we're looking forward to your return!

GrannySue said...

I love your little stitching corner. I have tried lots of different set-ups, and am still working on it. It seems I've always got floss everywhere, I try plastic bags for each project, and I'm always loosing my scissors or dropping my needle. I envy your organization.

I do have to have the phone, the tv remote, and a pair of sox to keep my feet warm.

jcbemis said...

Kathryn died the afternoon of Feb 24th 2012 after a 2 year fight with Colon Cancer. She was unable to stitch due to chemo side effects for most of those 2 years of fighting. She will be missed.

Chelsey said...

I am stitching the pattern clockwise, so the part I am working on now are his rear feet. And after this picture was taken I cleared him away so that I could work on two Fair and Square exchanges. They have both been received, so I can tell you about them in my next post.
Alluria

fullnovembermoon said...

I came back to this blog one last time to see if Kathryn had returned and I see she has sadly passed. She was one of the first cross stitch blogs I found and I loved seeing her updates. Peace to Kathryn, she's missed.

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