My guess is that everyone reading this has some kind of hobby and I would also guess that it’s something either needlework related or sewing related and I suppose those are kinda in the same family – quilting, knitting, cross stitch, crochet, etc. So, I’m hoping you know the struggle between “should I finish a project” or “should I start something new” is real.
Vince’s only real hobby since I’ve known him has been woodworking and honestly, he’s never done much of that. He likes to buy the supplies so . . you see . . that excessive shopping habit runs in our family! 🙂 With woodworking you do have to buy or find the wood, let it dry, collect several pieces because one may be a better fit for different projects, then you sometimes cut it into “blanks’, then you do rough cutting, then you do the finish cutting, then the finish work where it’s all smoothed out and a finish is put on it. Obviously, I don’t know all the correct terms but for the small items like Vince makes, it does make sense to have multiple projects at multiple stages going at any given time.
The other day I was talking to him about whether to finish a project or start something new. I was hoping for sage advice and a good discussion but he said “do whatever makes you happy!” Good! I’ll just buy more charts. 🙂
Seriously, the last few days, especially after having to rip all those letters out, all I want to do is start a new project. I love the starts but I also want things finished and on the walls so I’ve resisted starting something else . . at least for now.
I watch flosstube while stitching and there are way more that I watch where the stitchers have many projects in the works and there are only a few . . very few . . where someone works on one project start to finish. It may just be that a flosstuber with one project would not have enough to share on a flosstube because anyone that disciplined probably doesn’t buy another chart til the current one is finished. My prayer should be that I become that person but it’s probably too late for me.
I definitely don’t lose sleep over this and it isn’t something that stresses me but there are things that keep repeating themselves in my head.
- I really love pulling floss and fabric and starting new things.
- I want finished things – something to show for my work.
- After about Day 5 of working on a project, I’m wanting a “change of scenery” so to speak.
I can’t have both but yet I can have both if I do it reasonably. There have been several suggestions as to how to do both. One I really liked was to have a long term project and do so many stitches or so many strands of floss in it per day. Then have a short term project or other project. I suppose I think that it’s not so much about starting a new project but more about continuing to work on what I’ve started and I have a few that have not been touched in months. That does bother me.
I’m not ready to commit to a plan but here’s what I’m thinking: I will have a long term project and a short term project (meaning a big and a small project) both upstairs and downstairs. That means I’ll always have four projects I’m seriously working on. Maybe I’ll say I have to spend so much time per week or a crtain of each week working on the oldest project.
I’m going to think about this for a few days and then decide if I’ve come up with a plan that seems like it might work for me. Any thoughts?
I know I’m going to start A Changed World on August 1 and I need to come up with a plan for Cross Stitch Camp. Those two will probably be the Basement Big and the Basement Small projects. There are several of us starting A Shepherd’s Sampler by Fox & Rabbit on August 12. That can be my Upstairs Small project.
To some, it may seem like I’m stressing about this. I’m really not. I just need a plan!