It started so innocently. It was gonna be easy. And then OCD entered the picture ... again. I know I mention OCD rather often in my posts, and it's true that I'm self-diagnosed (although my daughter Nikki blames me for all of her own OCD traits). But, my goodness, I can turn the simplest task into really hard work.
If you'll think back to my last post, I showed you my progress on Lo How a Rose and confessed that I had made a little boo boo. As I finally sat down to stitch last night (conference week is getting in the way of my fun), I decided to start by fixing the little boo boo, which was one misplaced stitch in the H in HaLF. What do you do when you have just one or two little stitches to fix? I usually try to remove as little as possible from the surrounding area, run my cut threads underneath other stitches, and sneak in there with a needle and thread and repair whatever I've undone. Not so brilliant an idea when it's a letter stitched over-one. It took me a solid hour to do something that should've taken a few minutes! All of those short little threads to pull under not-so-many available threads. Thinking back, it would've been a better idea to just rip out the H altogether and restitch it. But NO! I made it a crazy perfection session.
OK (huge sigh) ... I feel much better now that I have that off my chest. It's occurred to me many times that if I make myself this nutty over a few stitches, I must drive other people over the edge. And there are still people out there who are my friends! So no pics for now ... maybe tomorrow after I've had an evening of sitting and stitching with a vodka & tonic next to me (because of conference week, today is my Friday), and I've completed all of those lovely little letters. I'm so looking forward to it. But first, I'd better stop procrastinating and clean off my desk. There are many more conferences to attend this afternoon and evening.
Make some fun.