I'm kind of a TV junkie. I watch an ungodly amount of first run TV--by which I mean I DVR it and watch it at my leisure--and I'm always keen to discover a new series or two I can sink into on DVD.
I'm also a big fan of cross stitch, which I like to think of as a reallllly slooooooow sort of paint-by-number. I get such a kick out of watching the picture emerge with every stitch. It's oddly satisfying, and oddly addictive.
Since my TV habit gives my hands plenty of downtime, I generally combine these two interests. In fact, I'm not above spending a little more time in front of the TV than I would otherwise do just so I can work on my latest interminable cross stitch project.
I got in the habit of calling them interminable back when I was stitching ginormous designs that took me two or three years of sporadic work, but my last two flew past. The Sea Dragon pictured above took me just under a year (with delays due to floss shortages and a pressing need to make earrings instead of stitching), while the Mountain Dragon I finished last week was a two-month job.
I've always wondered how long it actually takes me to stitch a project from start to finish, so I kept careful track of the hours I logged on the Mountain Dragon. And, being the TV junkie I am, I used visual media as my primary unit of measurement.
All in all, the design above took me:
- 2 episodes of NASHVILLE
- 2 episodes of REIGN
- 2 episodes of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
- 2 episodes of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
- 3 episodes of ELEMENTARY (not including the episode I spent winding new floss colours onto bobbins)
- THIS MEANS WAR (movie)
- HAIRSPRAY (movie)
- 1 episode of ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND
- 3 episodes of DOWNTON ABBEY
- 3 episodes of THE ORIGINALS
- 2 episodes of CASTLE
- MARCH OF THE PENGUINS (movie)
- 1/3 of an episode of SHERLOCK
- 2 episodes of CORONATION STREET
- 38 episodes of VERONICA MARS
...I almost wish I didn't know that.
I mean, that's a lot of TV for a two-month period, even considering it overlapped winter holidays.
At least it's better than drugs? And I did get a pretty little dragon out of it.
Both dragons come from MAGICAL CROSS STITCH, a multi-designer collection which, alas, has gone out of print. They're part of a three-design set by Joan Elliot--and yes, since you asked, I've already begun the Cloud Dragon that rounds out the collection. I think I'll take that one a little slower, though, if I can possibly help it.