SBQ: What do you do with oorts?

The cur­rent Stitch­ing Blogger’s Ques­tion is:
What do you do to your thread clip­pings? Do you just scrap them or do
you use them in some­thing else?

I throw them away, as I don’t know what else I would do with them. The only pos­si­ble use I know of is a vague mem­o­ry of some­one on RCTN using them to fill witch balls (glass fish­ing floats?). I’m curi­ous as to what oth­er peo­ple do with them, though.

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SBQ: Stitching Publications

The Stitch­ing Blog­gers Ques­tion of the Week:
Do you cur­rent­ly sub­scribe to any stitch­ing pub­li­ca­tions or have you in the past? (Either in print or online) If so, which ones?

I don’t sub­scribe to any at the moment, and I rarely buy them off the rack. I have hun­dreds of them in my stash, and I keep mean­ing to go through and just keep the designs I’m still plan­ning to stitch, but I nev­er get around to doing it! I stopped buy­ing them because I real­ized that I haven’t ever stitched one sin­gle pat­tern in any of those hun­dreds of mag­a­zines.
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SBQ: Starting Over?

The Stitch­ing Blog­gers’ Ques­tion of the Week is:

Do you have any projects that you have scrapped and start­ed over? What made you start over from scratch?

Celtic Cross designed by Deb Davis for Y-Knot Designs

I can only remem­ber one, and I restart­ed it at least twice, maybe three times. It was the Celtic Cross designed by Deb Davis for Y-Knot Designs. I think I tried start­ing with one of the cor­ners, but kept find­ing myself off a bit, so I frogged every­thing and start­ed from the mid­dle, as I usu­al­ly do. I still kept get­ting off by just a thread here or there, so I do think I frogged all that again, then start­ed from the cen­ter again but work­ing in a dif­fer­ent direc­tion. I’m very pleased with how it turned out, but I think it was the last piece I did on linen instead of even­weave.

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Still Thinging; Date Night

I am, in fact, still keep­ing up with Thing-a-Day! I need to go post over there, though. I do wish I could auto­mat­i­cal­ly cross-post, but if wish­es were fish­es and all that.

I stitched tonight while Sam and I gamed. I also wrote for a while, ear­li­er. Sam and I have recent­ly begun par­tic­i­pat­ing in a forum that does a great job of encour­ag­ing intro­spec­tion, and being a safe place in which to express one­self. It’s a pow­er­ful thing, and I’m in awe of the peo­ple who cre­at­ed and run it.
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SBQ: What do you do while stitching?

The Stitch­ing Blog­gers’ Ques­tion of the week is:

What is your favorite past time while stitch­ing? Do you just enjoy
silence, lis­ten to music/audiobooks or do you “watch” TV/movies? Do
you have spe­cif­ic favorites you lis­ten to/watch while stitch­ing?

I like gam­ing while stitch­ing, but I’m find­ing that it doesn’t work so well in one-on-one games. When we played with oth­er peo­ple, I got a lot more stitch­ing done, because I could do that while oth­er play­ers were “on stage,” so to speak. I love lis­ten­ing to those inter­ac­tions, but I get fid­gety with­out some­thing to keep my hands busy.

One-on-one games are too intense, usu­al­ly, to get any stitch­ing done. I pre­fer to main­tain eye con­tact with Sam, which just doesn’t work while doing count­ed-thread work. If I ever learn to knit or cro­chet, I’m told it’s much eas­i­er to do those while look­ing else­where.

I used to stitch while “watch­ing TV,” too, but haven’t done it in some time. We don’t have cable, since we’re not big TV peo­ple, but maybe I’ll pop in a DVD of some­thing I’ve seen before.

I’d real­ly pre­fer hav­ing a gam­ing group again, though. Hope, Waya, and J-Chan, when are y’all com­ing for a stitch-n-game week­end?

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Color Clues, or Why Four Blue Sweaters Isn’t Enough

Anoth­er blue sweater? You have four of those. Why not get some­thing dif­fer­ent for a change?”

No, I have navy, corn­flower, Williams­burg, and baby blue sweaters. This one is roy­al blue. That’s total­ly dif­fer­ent!”

Okay guys, I know that you thought women were mak­ing up some of the col­or names we use. Char­treuse? Why not say green? And garnet—that’s red, right? What’s this about plum, amethyst, grape, vio­let, mauve, and fuschia all being dif­fer­ent? They’re all pur­ple, aren’t they?

No, real­ly, they aren’t. We don’t make them up just to vex you. They’re all very, very dif­fer­ent, which is why we would nev­er con­sid­er wear­ing brick red lip­stick with a cher­ry red sweater. Ick!

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Stitching Bloggers’ Question of the Week: Fabric Organization?

I’ve been wait­ing eager­ly for this week’s SBQ. I don’t know why, I just have. They some­times remind me of stash I don’t think about often enough.

Do you have an orga­ni­za­tion­al sys­tem for your fab­ric? If so, what is it? If not, what do you store your fab­ric in?

How do peo­ple store their fab­ric, espe­cial­ly those small but poten­tial­ly usable pieces? Do they sort by count? How do they label it or oth­er­wise know what each piece is?

I nev­er real­ly thought about label­ing them. I’ll start doing that in the future. I’m usu­al­ly so excit­ed when I buy mate­r­i­al for a project, though, that I can’t resist start­ing on it right away. It’s only the much old­er stuff that needs label­ing!


I can tell what most are just by look­ing at them. I’ve got a nifty lit­tle ruler for thread counts if I have any trou­ble deter­min­ing that visu­al­ly. Any­thing that isn’t a neu­tral col­or has been pur­chased for a spe­cif­ic project, so I know imme­di­ate­ly, for instance, “oh, that’s for the sec­ond set of the Amaryl­lis Art­works man­dalas” (yes, I love those so much I intend to stitch them again).

Almost all of my cloth is even­weave, but there’s some linen and even a lit­tle bit of aida and hardan­ger that dates back to my teen years when I start­ed stitch­ing. (I gave away most of that old stuff via Freecy­cle last year, then found more!)

All of it is stored in a set of plas­tic draw­ers with some cedar balls tossed in. We don’t have a prob­lem with moths, but I don’t want to take any chances and I do love the scent.

No pic­ture this time — things are all top­sy-turvy and I can’t get to my draw­ers to get a pho­to.

I couldn’t stand it. I had to do pho­tos.

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