As things outside of my house inche me closer and closer to resume my old agoraphobic habits, the closer I push myself into stitching and other crafts. Unfortunately, these hobbies only reinforce my hermit tendencies and can actually cause me more stress. I keep piling more and more on my proverbial needle arts plate. Perfect example: my over-ambitious (and publicly blogged about) plans of xstitching Christmas presents for EVERYONE. My heart was in the right place, but now I’ve had to cut down to doing only two projects for presents. Even now I am stressed out about about completing (and don’t even talk to me about framing) on time.
Another recent example: prayer shawls. I was OBSESSED and pushed my afghan onto the back burner. Full disclosure: I haven’t even cast-on for the afghan! Me and my heart-in-the-right-place mouth have already promised four prayer shawls to two of the people receiving them. Oh and by the way, I’ve frogged and had to start ALL THE WAY over on my first shawl. Stress: People need these shawls.
When I told my lovely grandma about my crafting issues, she said in her Grand Duchess Saint Grandma Patricia way, “Well, I think you are trying to do too much at one time. -pause- How’s your afghan coming?” Oh, my beautiful, sagacious grandmother! That’s it. I need to calm down in my crafting life because I have WAY TOO MUCH b.s. going on in “real life.”
Stitching is supposed to be a relaxing haven. Something to look forward to and something fun to obsess over. But for me it has become a check off in a to-do list. This isn’t a post about me taking or needing a stitching break; I can’t do that personally at this time in my life. I NEED my stitching as an outlet. This is a post wondering where do you draw the line, and I have no clue.
It seems that we crafters are usually focusing on doing projects for others. Or we have tons of projects going on because we want to (rightly) make things for ourselves too. On top of that, there’s the extremely correct adage, cross stitchers are alway looking for more patterns to do/add to their library. Note: You should see my Wish List, updated almost daily.
I need to make new crafting habits so that stitching can turn back into what I loved. Without expectations. Without stress. With manageable deadlines (ha!).
So thank you for sitting through this odd post. I will be posting some WIP pics next post hopefully. And as a reward for reading, here’s a picture of Belle because no one can feel stressed after looking at dog pictures 😉
Let’s all relax and happy stitching!