It turns out there is an inanimate object that’s worse about silently condemning you than a cross stitch iPhone case you haven’t cross stitched: A cross stitch iPhone case that you haven’t finished. I’m walking around like this, and frankly it’s embarrassing.
I’m usually pretty good at estimating completion times. I do a lot of project management work; I have to be good at this. But I am rotten at judging how long it takes to do cross stitch. I looked at the case in the store and thought, “Oh, I could do that in, what, an hour? Two hours?”
Well, this represents two hours of progress. Still got… kind of a ways to go. (Another, what, hour, maybe? Just kidding.)
Okay! I have the pattern sketched out on the graph paper that comes with the iPhone case. And I have the floss in all the colors suggested by this online cross stitch pattern generator.
Now I just need to stitched the darned thing.
Until then, I am using the un-stitched case on my iPhone. It actually looks pretty good. But it is a silent reminder of my ongoing failure.
This week, I stand a good chance of actually being able to take two days off for the weekend. (Not two days together – probably a full day Saturday, and a half day Friday and Sunday.) And I have carefully made no plans for those two days. Exciting!
If I don’t manage to stitch the case by then – which I probably won’t – that’s my plan.
By the way, the weekend after next I’ll be helping a relative sort out some old letters my grandmother and grandfather sent each other during the 40s and 50s. They have just been stored in a box all this time. Any ideas on how they should be preserved for the future?
Thank you for all of your comments on the last couple of posts. You all rock!
I have finished the first sock in Opal Surprise! and I’m about 3/4ths done with the second sock. Ribbed socks look so… unlikely to fit a human foot.
I even made some progress on the cross stitch iPhone case. I verified that Shepard is wearing a set of N7 armor, found an N7 logo, Photoshopped it up the way I wanted with the background colors, and used this clever online converter to whip up a basic cross stitch pattern.
The next step was to buy the embroidery floss. I drove over to a nearby LYS called Ana-Cross Stitch. As you might guess from the name, they also sell cross stitch supplies.
Except that they don’t anymore, they are phasing them out. I made a weird face and then couldn’t help but ask, “What will they call the store now?” (She didn’t know.)
I got skunked on all my colors except white, which I’m pretty sure I already own, but I didn’t want to drive all the way to the store and come home empty-handed, you know?
So the next step here is to get to one of the big box craft stores. Unfortunately, they are about 20 miles away, and I’m not sure when I will have the chance. Le sigh!