Ah, my favourite occupation. It doesn't matter what hobby I take up, there's nothing I like better than organising it. Books on bookshelves – in alphabetical order, of course. Bookrings and challenges organised neatly in beautifully formatted Excel spreadsheets. I could tinker in Excel for hours, and frequently do.
Scrapbooking? The potential for organising there is endless. The quest for that perfect storage is ongoing. Just when you think your cardstock is 'just so', someone comes up with a better way of filing it and so you just have to try that instead. Not to mention the paper, ribbon, and all the other bits and bobs. I could spend a lifetime trying to get my stash into the perfect arrangement.
And now we have Cross stich. I'm still dithering over the best way to store a rather large and bargainous purchase of DMC from Ebay, but I have had some organisational success with how I actually work. It's this large Winnie the Pooh calendar that's been foxing me. I've been using a hoop and moving it around but I'm not keen on doing that as I don't like putting the hoop over areas I've worked. I didn't want to use a frame that'd take the whole piece as it's huge and I'd never get my arms under it. So, I now have one of those scrolling frames for it. I had to buy a new one as my existing one wasn't wide enough, and I'll only be able to use it on the stand as it's rather heavy but it's working much better.
The other thing I've done to organise my Cross stitch is add a nice Excel worksheet. C'mon, you had to know I'd get one in there somewhere. I've been wanting to start the Venice Street project for ages, you see. I prepped it ages ago, but couldn't seem to make time for it between Winnie the Pooh and the My Little Heart projects. So, I was reading about something on the Cross stitch forum to help with this. You make a spreadsheet – this sounded good already – and work on each current project for ten hours. (not ten hours straight off, I hasten to add) Once you've marked off ten hours for each on your spreadsheet, you can do ten hours on a new project. Then you go back to the start and repeat, again adding a new project on the end. You could end up with loads of projects on the go, but at some point you'll also get finishes. I intend to pop some smaller projects in there so there will be some finishes sooner rather than later. No more huge ones until Pooh bear is almost finished.
Venice Street had its first two hours done on it yesterday so I'm happy that I've finally started that. I think it'll take a while though. It's only five inches square but every square is filled in and there's a whopping amount of back stitch. I may post a photo after each lot of ten hours. If I remember. It'll be fun to see how it progresses.
I did spend most of its first hour counting though. The top row is all sky so all one colour. Just seventy blue stitches. First I counted 69, then 71, then 70. Hooray. But, I thought I should check and got 71 again. There were actually 70 but it took me many, many recounts before I got more 70s than 71s and 69s.
I think I may need to organise myself an eyetest soon…