Before I discovered knitting, I used to be crazy for cross-stitch.
I guess I should say, "Before I had kids..."
When I got back to the states after having been stationed in Germany for two years, I decided to check out cross-stitch. That makes it sound like I was waiting all those years, but it wasn't like that. It was more like going to a flea market, seeing tiny cross-stitch kits for 25 cents, and buying one.
I'd attempted cross-stitch in junior high or high school, but it never really took. I think my mom is still working on the ones I abandoned so many years past.
Once I started in 1994, I didn't really put those needles and charts down until our first kid in 2001. Then in 2003, I learned to knit, and it's been all yarn, all the time, ever since! With kids, knitting is a hundred times easier than cross-stitch. Cross-stitch has a thousand pieces to it, knitting is two sticks and some string, the little ones were over it pretty quickly!
I had two huge bins of needlepoint and cross-stitch stuff. A year ago, when I went through all my craft stuff, I narrowed that down to one bin of "keep" and one bin of "sell". Neither have been opened since then. Most of the "keep" stuff consists of my WIPs.
I am resigning myself to the fact that I will never get to these. There's one that I want to finish, but the rest, I should just get rid of it all.
Previous to kids, I had actually finished quite a few pieces. Even had them framed! The biggest piece I finished was a blanket-type one. It is a piece with sheep and a shepherd and shepherdess and a poem. I did it for our wedding and put our name and anniversary date in a blank square at the top. I had the notion that I would put names/birthdays of our kids and their subsequent weddings/kids in the other blank boxes around the center piece. I had a backing put on by a friend and had her leave it a bit open at the top for this purpose. I meant it as a wall-hanging. It's never been hung, the boys' names/birthdays have never been added in.
When we first moved to Colorado in 2006, Dave put up several of my framed cross-stitch stuff. He did it as a surprise while I was out somewhere! I loved that he did that! I loved having it up!
Then in 2009, we moved to a town a few miles away and into a much smaller house. We never put that stuff up there. 2012 - moved again. We've been in this house for a year now, and my stuff is not up. I think I will put it up either this month or next. I like seeing my finished work up. Gives me hope that I can actually finish things!
I was looking at the big, 7-foot-high bookcase full of my craft stuff in the basement. I've made a plan of attack for next year. Each month, I've designated a new craft (Jan - shrinky dinks and needle-felting, Feb - beadwork, etc.). If I try it and like it, great - keep it. If I try it and don't care for it, great - get rid of it. If I don't even give it a shot in it's designated month, I'm going to get rid of it. I'm sick of hauling this stuff around for no good reason! (JustkeepwatchingHoarders, justkeepwatchingHoarders....)
Finishing out the year, Ruth!