In my part of the world we say you are a fool if your passion for a pursuit overcomes all practical sense. I am a stitching fool, and I stitch foolishness.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Afflicted by the oughtas

I oughta work on finish-finishing this week-end.

I oughta stitch the current band on Ann Scutt.

I oughta restitch the sixth square on the Schwalm bag and start the seventh since the new lesson has been posted.

I oughta stitch the prototypes for the EGA program scheduled week after next.

I oughta be doing a lot of things.

But I'm not.

What I'm about to say does not reflect on the designs or the designers of any of the projects on my oughta list. They are all things I want to stitch and have been planning to work on. They are all projects I'll be delighted to display in my home. They are all things I've wanted to do.

The problem is that I don't feel obsessed by any of them at the moment. I'm not waking up thinking about the fact that it's the week-end and I could spend potentially hours on any one of them. I didn't stay up late last night because I wanted to do just one more stitch. I'm just not passionate about anything in the current rotation.

(I should qualify that. Given my difficulties with finish-finishing, there are times when I would like to passionately hurl whatever I'm working on to the floor so that I could then jump up and down on it before taking it outside and running over it with the car. Luckily, those are momentary feelings and have more to do with my imperfections as a finisher than with whatever project I'm working on.)

I haven't quite decided how to handle this. I think I'm going to just go play in the stash and see if something jumps up and grabs me. Passionately.


  1. I know just what you mean! My 'ought to' piece has turned into a 'have to' piece so it has me by the throat with both hands right now. I wish I could just go play in the stash but can't, it's on a deadline. I am using the carrot of a new start to get me motivated to finish it but the going is still slow. Hope you found something that sings to you to work on!!! Laura

  2. When this happens to me, I spend 10 or 15 minutes stitching the "duty" stitching, then spend the rest of my time on something that entices me. I usually wind up not disliking the "duty" stitching so much that I may spend an hour on it. Then I really feel virtuous!

  3. I am on the final stretch of the second of two stockings this year and I am really over it! I am tired of beards and mustaches buti must plod on! I understand you perfectly.