Day Twenty-Seven: Rotation Thoughts

It’s been a long, stressful week at work – complete with a meltdown on my part, insanity with car repairs, and some crappy weather that has just made me feel… bleh.

I’ve been dragging all day today, feeling like I didn’t get any sleep despite getting a better than average six hours.  I had a feeling that I wouldn’t get any stitching done tonight regardless.  My brain is just mush, and I don’t dare risk counting.  So once

Tomorrow I’ll be at the library for a little bit, though – and hopefully will wrap up the piece.  🙂

In the meantime, I’ve been doing some thinking this week about rotations.  With three-quarters of the year gone, I’m finding that the things I hoped to stitch this year didn’t happen… again.  Now I’m debating whether I’m still meant for rotations, whether I’m just using the wrong type of rotation, if I’m trying to do too much in each rotation, or if I’m in a phase of life where I just need to focus on one piece at a time.

The idea of one at a time doesn’t appeal to me, though.  I like the freedom to play, and rotation stitching has allowed me to comfortably switch projects whenever I feel like it.  BUT… that also has put me in the position where I’ve started too many and haven’t finished that many, getting me into the hole that rotation stitching was supposed to alleviate in the first place.

Perhaps I just need to have a bit more structure on my rotation.   Rather than stitch on a piece until I’m tired and want to move on, maybe I should go back to a more structured hour style one as I did when I first started rotations.  Give myself ten hours per piece, then switch.  I don’t think a weekly style one would work for me – because my weeks can vary too much.  But hours may work better. And I shouldn’t do rotations of six or seven pieces anymore.  Maybe I should just do three or four.  (sigh)

Either way, I just want to be able to enjoy my stitching, but also have a few more finishes, too.  I just have so much I want to stitch!  I can’t justify starting more projects until I finish some!  (twitch, twitch)

More photos of the project tomorrow… but tonight I just needed some ramble writing time.  Let me know your thoughts on rotations, and what’s worked for you…

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  1. Robin in Virginia says:

    I vote for going back to a 10 hour rotations. Maybe look at your WIPs and pick 3-5 to start off with. Maybe in that 3-5, pick a couple that are at the halfway point or beyond so perhaps a couple rotations would give you a couple finishes. Then add a couple more into their slots. Just a thought!

  2. Leonore Winterer says:

    I change my style of stitching (rotation, one at a time, whatever I like) all the time…what works for me one month, might not work the next. No use sticking to a system that frustrates more than it helps!

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