When the Process Matters More than the Product

I recently stumbled upon an old blog post of mine from last March where I outlined a few projects I was juggling at the time. I’m embarrassed to say that a few of those projects are still works in progress with no end in sight.

Needlepoint Cat Collar

It can be frustrating to look back on the past year and wonder where the time went. How have I made so little progress on so many projects? It turns out that a lot has happened since last March (moving, getting engaged, traveling for 8 weddings, adopting Onyx), much of which has pulled my attention away from my stitches and that’s okay. Life gets busy and hectic and stressful but that’s why I started stitching in the first place, to help me relax and de-stress.

I had a productive President's Day weekend stitching the cat collar! 

I had a productive President's Day weekend stitching the cat collar! 

As one might have expected, instead of wrapping up the projects I had on hand, I recently decided to start on a new one. There’s something exciting about starting on a blank canvas, especially when I know the project is a quick one. Plus, how can I call myself a crazy cat lady if I haven’t stitched a collar for my kitten!

Onyx wasn't overly helpful when it came to finishing the canvas. 

Onyx wasn't overly helpful when it came to finishing the canvas. 

The chances of Onyx wearing this collar for longer than it takes for me to take a picture of it on him are slim. That being said, this is one of those cases where it is more about the process than the final product. Stay tuned for said pictures, I’m really close to finishing the stitching portion of the collar so I’m hoping to send this away to be finished by the end of the month. With a little help from my favorite panther I’ll (probably) make my deadline.

Needlepoint canvas and cat

Now that I’ve made needlepoint super fast-paced and exciting, I’m sure there are at least a few of you who are ready to pick it up as a hobby. Before doing that, ask yourself these 3 questions to make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. Still keen? Great! Tell me all about your projects! One of my absolute favorite things is getting messages through the blog from other stitchers with stories of their projects so don’t be shy!