I’m not actually doubled over with laughter to the point of pain but I am literally mired in stitches, or I should say, cross stitch.
Let me give you a bit of the backstory first. Being bipolar type 2, I tend to get “obsessions”. During these manic phases, I’m often struck with creative flights of ideas and sudden inspirations which then lead to new hobbies and compulsive behavior regarding those hobbies. For example, my mind can be plagued for days (even weeks) over the new hobby and the need to buy stuff or spend hours on the project to the exclusion of everything else.
Hobbies I’ve amassed over the years – My obsessive collection of books and bookmarks (which every book dragon can relate to so I’m not alone in that one), Classical guitar, Origami, Karate, Blogging, Bookstagram, Calligraphy, Posters-making. (All of which, as you’ve correctly deduced, are quite time-consuming). Still, I can’t say I’ve regretted the time, energy and money spent.
But I digress. My latest obsession is counted cross-stitch. It’s been three weeks since I’ve been infected and there seems to be no cure in sight.
I did say these obsessions bring on compulsive behavior, right?
First week: Stage 1 – Impatience
I was raring to begin and bought materials the very next day of my new-found inspiration to cross-stitch so I could get started already. I’ve done some cross-stitching years ago and starting again after all this time was, as people say, like riding a bicycle. On top of that, I’d forgotten how much I loved this hobby. But time and tertiary studies took away any free time I had back then.
Second Week: Stage 2 – No Control
I was obsessed with accumulating as many books/magazines on cross-stitch patterns as I could with thousands of patterns I could chose from. I might never have the time to work on all those patterns in my lifetime but I had to have those books (That’s why they call it obsession.).
Third Week: Stage 3 – Spiralling into Madness
Now, I’m obsessed with creating my own patterns, especially literary ones.
I’ve got so many ideas cramming my head – book quotes, funny pictures, bookish memes and so on. Yes, there is no end to the madness.
So people, be prepared to hear more as my condition deteriorates. (But I’m having a blast so it’s all good.)
My first completed project – a mug wrap. Opinions?