And Now For Something Completely Different

Taking Procrastination To A Whole New Level?

I’m interested in a lot of different things, as you already know if you’ve been reading this blog for a while. I’ve dabbled with amateur radio, electronics, farming, gardening, photography, astronomy, wood working, etc. I can’t help it. That’s just the way I am. I’m enormously curious about just about everything, especially if it’s something I can play with personally. And once upon a time I did needlework like crewel, needlepoint, etc.

Stuff like this:

This dopey cat and kittens needlework project took 41 years to complete. Seriously. Let me explain.

It was 1980. MrsGF and I were just married, had moved into a tiny one bedroom apartment, and we were looking for things to do to wind down once we got home from work. Something that didn’t take up any space because we basically didn’t have any space in the cramped apartment we were living in. Oh, and something that didn’t cost any money because we had even less money than space.

So for some strange reason I started to fiddle around with needlework. That’s when this project started, 1980. And I rather enjoyed doing it. I got the cats more than half done and then stopped. Why? It got lost when we moved. We moved a lot the first couple of years we were married. The cats, all the yarn and thread, the hoops, needles, everything, got stuffed into a box and it was forgotten about.

Until late in 2020 when MrsGF found the thing in the attic when she was looking for something else. It was badly stained but MrsGF said why don’t you finish it anyway, and I said I just don’t have the time and told her she should just do it if she wants to. So she went to work trying to get the stains out, and did a darn good job of it. The thing was really dirty. And she finished up the needlework and we stuck it in a frame. I did maybe 60% of it or so before we lost it back in 1980, and she did all the rest, and now it’s hanging on the wall, our 41 year long project.

Author: grouchyfarmer

Yes, I'm a former farmer. Sort of. I'm also an amateur radio operator, amateur astronomer, gardener, maker of furniture, photographer.

2 thoughts on “And Now For Something Completely Different”

  1. I love that its a combined project. I have so many partial pieces of stitching. Of I used to. I think they were all lost in the homeless debacle. Honestly, that part, at least, is a gift. Half finished projects in a bag are a source of guilt for me, and I haven’t given them a thought in 7 years. 😉

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    1. I still have some partly finished projects that have been sitting on the shelf so I know what you mean. My wife finally goaded me into finishing that blanket chest that’s been sitting in the shop for way, way too long. Hopefully that will finally get finished up in the next week or so. But there are still others. Oh, well.

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