Welcome, I’m glad you could all join us for this week’s meeting. Who’d like to share first?
Hi, I’m Sarah. I have Startitis.
Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the fact that I read two issues of Molly Makes and the new Martha Stewart Living while I was off on Wednesday. I want to do everything. I want to renovate an old house and start a garden and build furniture. I just want to make stuff.
I’m so frustrated because I haven’t had any FOs to share in such a long time. I’m working on everything at once so nothing’s done. I’m just wanting to do it all, I’m exploding with inspiration, I’m running in every direction.
Some of this craft mania is due to the fact the weather is changing. I want to be sewing some summer pieces. I want to get rid of everything in my closet and start fresh which adds this urgency to it. I still don’t know what the heck I’m doing when it comes to sewing. I started working on the Wiksten Tova top. It’s kind of a mess but I really don’t want to get into that. I’m making something.
I’m still working on that Grettir sweater for Jon. There’s a lot of stockinette. ‘Nuff said. I have plans to make something for my grandma’s birthday. (And thanks for all of your helpful suggestions!) I still don’t know what it will be. I think I’ll end up working around my stash because I just did some spring cleaning and the amount of yarn I have should be illegal.
And if you follow me on instagram, you know that I’ve picked up my Zelda cross stitch again. It was hidden away for a few months. (Okay, I forgot that I was working on it.) This project has been going forever but I’m actually quite pleased with how far it’s come. I think it’s actually nearing the home stretch. And every time I look at it, I get excited because goddamnit it looks like the real thing! It’s funny, although this has been incredibly tedious and time consuming and I hope I never try this again, I always enjoy coming back to this project. Something about the simplicity of it after doing an intense knit is really satisfying. It’s intricate, I won’t pretend it’s easy but it’s methodical to the point that it’s meditative. And, like I said, look at the result.
So I have a bit of Startitis. I just can’t commit to any one thing. Maybe once I finish something I’ll feel relieved. Maybe I’ll finally be able to figure out what’s next. But until then, I’m just going to keep stitching away.
Because it’s all about the process isn’t it?
Remember when I was making a cool Zelda cross stitch as a belated Christmas present for my cousin who is a really awesome? Surprise! It’s still not finished! Surprise again! I’m the worst.
I don’t have much to say since it’s really more of the same but I did feel like this poor thing deserved an update. I’ve been sharing photos on instagram between pics of the Williamsburg Bridge (get used to those!). I won’t pretend like I’ve been slaving away at this piece. I’ve actually had it packed away since we moved but I’ve been between knitting projects so I thought I’d give it some time while I waited for some yarn to arrive.
As torturous and mind melting as it can be, I have become a little addicted to cross stitching. I decided to skip right to the good parts with this session and start working on the title letters. Of course, they actually ended up being wonky. Somewhere along the line I miscounted or maybe I stitched a few too many in a place where they shouldn’t have been? In the end, I had to squeeze the E in a little. It looks noticeable here but it won’t once the shadow is added (I really hope). The shadow makes everything really pop and look like magic.
When I put this down last, I was starting to have a panic attack that I’d run out of room at the top. I obviously had no idea what I was doing when I started this thing. Now I’m not so worried or maybe I’m just so fed up with this insanity that I just don’t care.
I have some deadlines coming up so I have a feeling this is as far as this sad excuse for embroidery will get for another few months. I’d like to keep working at it and I can at least mindlessly fill in the pink background while I’m watching Mad Men. I have the Lon Lon Ranch song stuck in my head right now. I’d really love to finish this thing because then I can brag about it forever.
Has a project every driven you crazy? Do you think cross stitch is fun or tedious? Will this ever be finished?
If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed I’ve been nerding out a bit recently. You may have also been afraid I’d traded in my knitting needles for Aida canvas but, don’t worry, it’s just a passing phase.
I spent all of December working on an ambitious cross stitch project. That’s right. I was gift-crafting and it got out of hand. And I learned my lesson. Because I didn’t finish said gift. (And I didn’t finish a couple of other gifts either since I’d spent so much time on this one.)
Anyway, I was keeping the project off of the blog on the off chance that its recipient is a reader (doubt it, but, you know, better safe than sorry!) but since the project remains incomplete, I had to show him something to prove that I hadn’t forgotten to bring a gift.
My cousin John is an avid gamer. I have fond memories of watching him play through the entirety of Ocarina of Time while I cheered him on and he made sarcastic comments. He got me my first N64 game for Christmas years ago. We hang out a lot still and he and Jon (boyfriend Jon, I know they have the same name) have become close friends since they both work in the same field (three guesses as to which). Last year, I got him this awesome poster. (The year before that, I made him homemade ketchup. He likes hamburgers.)
Since John has a history of giving cool gifts and because he took me to the Symphony of the Goddesses concert after Thanksgiving (Guys, it’s a live orchestra playing Zelda music. That is some higher-level nerdom), I thought making him a really neat 8-bit cross stitch would be perfect. And I knew he’d love it.
Sounds easy enough. Take one of the badass title screens from an early 8-bit Zelda game, slap a grid over it and get to it, right? WRONG. God was I wrong. Besides the fact that I don’t really know anything about proper counted cross stitch, this pattern is GIGANTIC and involves something like 10 colors! And this shit is tedious! And that’s coming from someone who knits entire faire isle sweaters with five colors on size 3 needles for laughs. I DO NOT have the patience for cross stitch.
(By the way, when I was planning out my Christmas Craft Domination Tour of 2012, Jon thought I was being a little over ambitious, that I might regret piling on the crafts. And while I hoped to be Tom Hanks in this scene in A League of Their Own, I ended up getting hit in the face with all of the incomplete gifts.)
Long story short, I banged this thing out for a month. I worked on it every moment I could short of bringing it to work and slaving over it during my lunch hour. Then some work popped up and I had to put it aside up until the weekend before Christmas. Short story even shorter, it didn’t get finished. Not even nearly a little bit close to done. And I ran out of both black and dark grey embroidery thread and I bought them both from two separate stores across town. What was I thinking? Recipe for disaster.
While I’ve got a ton of stuff in the works, I will NOT give up on this project. I really love how cool it looks and I would love to see what it looks like when it’s finished. I don’t regret it and I am so excited to make something really awesome for John. I know I can get it done but I just need a little time off, I think. Stay tuned. This is not the last you’ve seen of this WIP. You can’t defeat me, cross stitch!
Now if only I could play the Song of Time and give myself a few more months before Christmas 2012…
Did you finish all of you ambitious plans for Christmas gifting? What are some cool nerdy things you’ve made? Any cross stitch tips? Anyone know where I can buy some Anchor floss?