I'm been thinking for some time about the amount of time I have to stitch. Like many of you, I wish I had more time. I was wondering what it would feel like to have hours to stitch every day (I don't mean the run from 9-11 when the kids are in bed). I'm wondering how it would feel to have hours of daylight time just to stitch - let's say each day, you have a 4 hour stretch to stitch...I'm asking because I think I would really like this but then I'm wondering if it wouldn't get too lonely. Currently in my area, I'm basically the only one who stitches everyday.
I do work full time and so this is just a dream at the moment.
I would love to hear from anybody out there who just stitches to their heart's content during the day.
I usually get a couple of hours in at night. On the weekends I stitch as much as I can. This is usually from 4-8 hours a day on Sat/Sun. I think I could/would stitch more each day if I wasn't working full time. I don't have the luxury of taking my stitching to work. So I have to use my time at home wisely. My stitching usually slows down in the summer too. It gets really humid where I live and it makes it hard to stitch with sweaty hands.
Several months ago I retired!!! Love it, love it, love it. I have all the time in the world to stitch, knit etc., etc.
Every morning when I wake up (that is if I want to wake up), I think WOW I can do anything I want. No more getting up at 5 am, rushing to get the train, deal with the train people, deal with work personnel, my brain just cannot wrap that idea around.
So, now I stitch every day until arthritis in my hands kicks in. I am totally addicted to cross stitch.
I am working on several projects at one time. In cross stitch, I am working on a Blue Peacock. Not doing to good too many colors however as I said before I am addicted so I keep on trucking. When I am watching TV, I am knitting, socks, scarfs, hats, mittens, afghans. For Christmas I am planning to give every member of my family a hand made gift by me.
I have been retired for almost 4 years and love having so much stitching time. I am not a big social butterfly and I do have my DH for company, so I am not lonely. I lift weights and work out at the gym most mornings,design new xs projects on my computer, once a week I spend the day at my LNS with a group of fellow stitchers. Some days I don't pick up the stitching at all, other days I'll spend 6 hours at it.
Currently I have 9 projects on the go. There were 10 but I just finished one last week. Must be time to start another! They are Marty Bell's Rocky Mountain Christmas; Another Fish Act, a HAED chart I have extensively redesigned; Blue Marble, a self-designed chart based on a NASA photo; Professional Fish Walker, another redesigned HAED; Marjolein Bastin's Four Seasons; Permin's Widflower Bouquet; Peanut, a self-designed picture of my DGD; Monet's Waterlilies from Mystic Stitch; and Singing Frog, a self-designed chart very loosely based on an old calendar picture.
None of the current projects is an SQ, but Blue Marble was inspired by an SQ.
I work 3 days a week and, on the other days, I have to force myself to get the chores out of the way first and then, usually about 3 or 4pm, I get to sit and take out the stitching. I then stitch until about 7pm when it's time to get dinner started. If DH's business needs some attention from me (he works from home), then some weeks I don't stitch at all and it's hard!
Cecilia, I work full time, have two teenagers who play soccer on travel teams 11 months a year, cook dinner 6 nights of every 7, and do 10-15 loads of laundry every week. But I do have to fit in both stitching and reading - at least an hour of each every day, or I'll lose my mind
Of course, I don't dust, so there's the leeway I've created for myself (it's completely pointless in my house anyway, with 2 big dogs stirring it up all the time )