Time to get real. (Sigh.) I know I have more stash than I can ever stitch...I was browsing my old blog entries this afternoon, and just looking at the things I've brought home from Celebrations every year, I'm sad to say most of the things I "just HAD to have" are still unstitched. :( I'm not the fastest stitcher in the world, and when you combine that with my love of large/complex designs, you get a big pile of unfinished or never started projects! I keep trying the WIPocalypse/Stitch from Stash/No Stash Enhancement sorts of challenges, but I fall off the wagon way too easily.
So. I need a strategy here. Any suggestions? Right now I've got the "Daring to Begin" sampler in one hoop, a small Just Nan design (from my existing stash, for the Just Nan SAL) in another, and a few straggling stitches left to finish "Labyrinth." I'm planning on getting that done soon while DH is away for work, so he won't know that it is actually finished. :) Also in the WIP bin are "Dark Sorceress," the self-designed "Fairy Tale Towne" with 2 of 9 spots completed, a Stoney Creek piece that was going to be for a friend's baby - the baby is now 4, a baby afghan with some of the Dragon Dreams' "Dragon Virtues" - started when all of those patterns were freebies and I wanted to stitch it before I would even consider getting pregnant, ha!, and Mirabilia's "Mermaids of the Deep Blue." The Stoney Creek piece and the Mira, sadly, are rapidly falling off my radar.
What would I like to start? Hmmm. Lately I've been thinking about one of the patterns from Prairie Schooler's "Winter Samplers" booklet (the one verse about earth and cold and stone that always makes me think of Game of Thrones), and Homespun Elegance's "Olde Shaker Tune." And looking at the lists of things I bought at Celebrations makes me want to do those, too.....
This year I did start tracking my stitching time in a small journal, and I've discovered that I typically stitch about 5 hours/week, in about 1 hour increments. After the child is in bed, the kitchen is quasi-cleaned up, laundry is started, and other sundry tasks are completed, that's what I can find before bedtime! And that is why I do a lot of little things, I think. It is easier to work on a small piece or a piece with very few color changes than it is to pull out and concentrate on a Mirabilia-style pattern.
Am I crazy to try to do more? Should I just be glad I get to stitch/finish anything at all?? After all, the pretty things in the file cabinet will still be there next year, and the year after that.
But I do NOT need to buy anymore.