the lines, you know, whatever works for you.
“The Line” refers to the 60% line that I’ve stitched: Sixty percent of the rows of this magnificent beast have been 100% stitched. Sure, I’m way more than 60% finished with this project–I’m guessing it’s 70-73% done. I only count the completed rows in my calculations. I have to get all of the stitching done to be done, but suddenly, I’ll go from struggling to finish 10% to having quickly finished 20%. It’s a quirky mindgame I play.
Or, if you prefer, “the lines” are all the backstitching and couching that I’ve done since my last update.
I ran out of two more colors of floss (thank you, Dimensions, you cheap b*stards). If you look, you can tell where I did my best with substitutions (tiny part on left sky, tinier part on right castle/sky, but it’s not obvious enough to freak out and contact Dimensions and WAIT. There’s no excuse for the running out. Honestly, I expected to run out of the blues and grays I used up the first time I started this guy on the wrong-count fabric. I didn’t. Still have plenty. I did not expect to run out of gold for the wizard’s robes, or blue or teal for the skies. It’s most annoying. Huge disappointment. I do not love Dimensions. I do have one more kit from them that I might actually get around to stitching some day, but I’m pessimistic about having enough supplies.
Most of the time I have trouble thinking up titles for posts. Hence, the incredibly catchy “Desiderata Monday, pt. 2 million” titles that abound. This post? Not so much. I had settled on Stitching the Line early on, only b/c it gave me something to work toward. Yesterday I started humming to myself, “Off to see the Wicked” (rather than wizard) b/c I’m cashing in on my Christmas present this weekend, and we’re going to Chicago to see Wicked. I thought it somewhat appropriate for this post, since my finishing stitching the ‘lines’ on the Wizard coincides nicely with our trip to see Wicked. Yeah, it’s a stretch.
Then, while I was stitching, I thought, “Hey, look at me, I’m couching on the couch! Isn’t that incredibly clever and amusing?” OK, not incredibly clever and amusing, but mildly so, at least. I like couching, generally speaking, but I really enjoyed couching the wizard’s robe. Except for the part where I had to use the metallic floss. That was a nightmare, as usual. The floss is fragile, and kinky, and I hated it.
Sharing the wonder that is me: before I couched the aqua part of the wizard’s robe, I had to take a picture of the uncouched golden part. It’s like, my favorite part of the whole project, and while I stitched on other parts, my eye would wander to that part and I’d get all happy. I have no idea why. It works for me. I wanted to have a picture of it before it was covered up with couching. So, as a treat for you, and a reward for all the chatting, I will share my before and after couching pics with you.
And because while I stitch this project, my mind wanders quite a bit, I will share with you one of the deluded places it goes. I start to despair ever finishing this project, and I start to believe–truly and unreservedly–that if only this project were finished, I could begin and complete other projects I’m wanting to stitch with superhero stitching abilities. I blame this project for all the stitching I’m not doing. Because, well, if I weren’t stitching this project, I could finish a project like Village of Hawk Run Hollow in a month. Or something equally audacious and unattainable. And I believe it. The Land of If Only is filled beyond capacity with my delusions alone. It’s like I believe looking at a chart equates stitching it to completion, and I would be able to do it If Only I were finished with this Magnificent Wizard.
So there you have it. You’ve suspected, now you know: I’m weird, deluded and insane. In a good way, I hope. 😉
Happy backstitching! I’m off to see the Wicked. 😀