I need a new project like I need a hole in my head...

I have a confession - I love stash. I think even more than that, I love starting new projects from stash! I don't know what it is psychologically, but I LOVE the feeling of getting all organized and starting something new - that first stitch when needle and thread connect with fabric.

Maybe it's the possibilities? I know that every time I organize my stash/threads/fabric/charts/etc that I just like to sit and absorb and LOOK at everything. Sounds pretty crazy, eh? I think I just like to savour having so many options of things that I COULD be doing. Of course, then I tend to get a little overwhelmed by all of the things that I'd like to stitch on - preferrably all at the same time!

A while back, one of my friends said that she hoped I realized that I wouldn't have time for a lot of my hobby by the time the baby arrives. Which made me feel kind of sad, I mean, I know it will be an adjustment, but I know other stitchers who seem to manage just fine with kids/babies and their hobbies. Maybe it slows down a little (which I COMPLETELY expect) but to think that it might fall by the wayside altogether? I don't know - could be delusions of grandeur or still feeling like Superwoman (even though I'm on rest), but I'd like to believe or even hope that there will be some point in all of the new baby craziness where I'll get pick up a needle again.

This past week was UFO night at my LNS and my doc gave me permission to go. My good stitchy friend Lara came to get me and take me there and brought me home afterwards so it was great and I appreciated it so much. I never would have gone if it had meant taking the subway and then the bus - for like an HOUR each way. No thanks! I went a little stash crazy - not too bad, but it was a good haul considering I hadn't been in a needlework shop for 3 months!

I bought the fabric and silk thread for a beautiful, elegant baby sampler that I ordered from Traditional Stitches. It's by Long Dog Samplers and just wonderful. It will be my own special thing to stitch in honour of the baby and I can't wait to do it. I also bought fabric and the embellishment pack for the Victoria Sampler Heirloom Christmas project. Diana has a stitchalong going on her chat board, Stashaholics Central that started yesterday. It's a pretty challenging piece with lots of embellishments and specialty stitches, and I've been kind of intimidated about starting it since it has hardanger at the bottom. With a SAL though, it will be nice to be motivated to get it done and be able to share hints with the other ladies who are stitching it. It was definitely a big help last year when I was doing the L*K 12 Days of Christmas ornaments as a SAL with Jen.

Anyway, there won't be any stitching for me this weekend if I don't get to the office to tidy up so I'd better get going. There's no rest for the wicked!