ONE YEAR. Well, on May 10th, it was one year since I made the first of at least 250,000 stitches that will eventually result in Voltron: Defender of the Universe rendered in cross-stitch.

Assuming, of course, that I don’t go blind or insane before I am able to finish it. Looking at even odds right now, tbh.

What’s remarkable about this project is that I AM STILL WORKING ON IT. If you look at my craft hoarding room, you will see piles of things. Baskets of things. Pieces of sweaters that I have knitted, but not sewn together. There is at least one crochet project that has stalled out because if I take time away from Voltron to work on it, I might never get back to him. I have baskets of yarn. Miles of Aida cloth. Kilometers of floss. Two sewing machines.

But... Voltron.

Last weekend, What’s-His-Name and I hit up one of our local farmers’ markets and there was a booth there that was selling sustainable, up-cycled kitchen stuff, among other things. Cloth scraps made into dinner napkins, etc. The cutest thing she had was wine bags made out of the sleeve of a man’s dress shirt. IT IS SUCH A COOL IDEA and What’s-His-Name has a closet full of shirts that he keeps meaning to donate but maybe they could be repurposed in this way! I should teach him how to sew because I simply won’t ever get around to this anytime soon.

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So on the one hand, this is my passion project, that I have been thinking about and trying to figure out how to make it happen for over a decade. Maybe longer. On the other hand, am I passing up opportunities to make other things? Learn new skills? Maybe crank out a bunch of smaller things and sell them? Nobody in the family got handmade gifts for the holidays last year because of Voltron. I think they get it, but I’m not sure. This project hasn’t just taken over my life, it *is* my life.

When I’m not at the gym or dragging WeePiglet around, that is. I get probably 3 solid hours a day. Some days it’s more and some days it’s less (I do occasionally have to do things like laundry and make dinner and stuff).

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One of the major issues with it is that it is HUGE. It’s just enormous and bulky and I am wary of taking it anywhere because it’s already a certain amount of dirty and I’m apprehensive about getting it clean when the time comes. I can’t imagine getting real-world filth on it or what if something spills or it tears or whatever? I can control the environment here at House of Flying Pigs! I can’t control the whole world [yet].

The photo below was taken on May 10, and in the two weeks since then, I have started on and made excellent progress on the Blue Lion. It turns out that giant blocks of color are boring, but they go fast and show a lot of progress, which is helpful when I start to get bored and wonder just how many times I would need to stab myself with my embroidery needle in order for it to be an issue.

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Luckily for me, I have approximately seventeen thousand cable channels, plus Amazon, plus Netflix. I think Hulu is the only thing we don’t pay for, so I have SO MUCH TV to watch. I just finished Game of Thrones and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I’m in the middle of Dead To Me (but I’m a TEENY bit disappointed that I have predicted all of the plot beats so far... I like to be surprised and this is not surprising to me, alas. Still, Christina Applegate is amazing in this and if you’re not watching it, go fix that right now). I also watch Schitt’s Creek whenever I can’t settle on something new. SO much TV.

So here we are, a year and some into this project. I still think it’s going to take 3 years total, but we’ll see how quickly this Blue Lion goes.

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