talk to) while stitching helps you make progress or make mistakes?
Well, the TV is almost always on while I'm stitching. I don't think it relates to the number of mistakes I make as much as it impacts my overall progress - I'm easily distracted, and once I look up at the TV, I sometimes don't look back to my stitching for 10-15 minutes! So basically, if the TV is on, you can figure that for every hour I spend "stitching" only about 30-40 minutes is spent actually putting needle to fabric.
As for music....that tends to help me stitch. I'm not sure why - maybe it is because I always used to study with music too? People talking...well, the person talking is usually DH, and he needs eye contact or else he thinks I'm ignoring him! So I can't often stitch and talk....
ADDED BONUS - A FINISH!
This is the piece I stitched for my dad. Of course, I finished it on Sunday, and the 50% off framing sale at Michael's ended Saturday....grrrr. This really was a fun little stitch! It is about 3"x5", stitched over 2 on 36-ct. Meadow Lark linen from Birds of a Feather. The pattern was from the 10/2004 Stoney Creek magazine issue, but I changed all of the colors except the red/terra cotta shade. (Most of the colors are similar to the original, just deeper shades -- more "Dad", I thought!)