Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Hermit weekend, what is this?


For cross stitchers, when you say it is “International Hermit & Stitch Weekend” you may get a few different reactions. For some it will be “what is it”, others will be, “oh I am working” and then there are those that say, “I am ready for it”. The description of this weekend is a chance for us to squirrel some time away for ourselves and “Hermit and Stitch”. It is a time set aside to take care of us and our love for stitching.

What this weekend is about is a chance for a stitcher to spend a weekend getting as much stitching done as they can. It happens on the 3rd full weekend of each month, and it is something that you can do by yourself or with others. I know that my hermit weekend is normally done alone, where I can find the time to just put as any stitches in as I can.  Of course, there are times when I don’t have a chance to get any stitching done and other weekends where I can see lots done by the end of it.

What this weekend is about is taking a picture of where you are starting on your project and then at the end of the weekend take another picture and see how much you were able to accomplish. You don’t have to work on just one project, it is up to you want you do. I love the rules because each person can get what they want out of the weekend. I have seen people knit, crochet, needlepoint and cross stitch on the weekend, and it is just getting some progress on something done.

I haven’t been able to participate each time, but I do try and make sure that I get a bit of time away during that weekend to get a few stitches in. What I normally do is pick the project that I am currently working on and try and see how much of it I can get done during this one weekend.  Of course, there are times that I get distracted on other project, so they get moved forward instead, but at least I am finding some time to enjoy my stitching and also make some progress on things.

Hermit weekend could be for anything depending on your hobby, so it could be hermit and read, hermit and binge-watch TV programs, it doesn’t matter. It is a weekend where you take the time for yourself and do what you want to do. I know for me the normal hermit weekend is curling up with my cross stitch, but there are also hermit weekends when I curl up with knitting or crocheting to see some good progress.

Why not try and get one weekend a month set aside where you take the time to recharge your own personal batteries and do something for yourself. If you aren’t single, try and schedule this weekend when the others in the house want to also hermit and do their own things.

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