So I have been teaching myself to cross-stitch...well I should really say "re-teaching". My mom used to cross-stitch and she taught me some things when I was little. However, since it has probably been 25 years since I learned those tips, I have had to re-teach myself. The lessons are going along swimmingly. I am using a few books and referencing a few very helpful stitching websites and I have to say I have been quite pleased with some of my work.
I find the hardest thing to get used to is finding that groove where I can move the needle effortlessly through the fabric. I am still in the stage of constantly undoing knots and untangling thread, taking out stitches and generally just mucking up most of my projects.
There is one thing I have found less of a nuisance than most folks who sew or stitch by hand. I was in the fabric store the other day and was considering buying a thimble, you know to protect my fingers while I worked the needle. Ironic, huh? Why is this ironic you ask? Well, I realized (like I could ever forget), I prick my finger 10 times a day....ON PURPOSE....to check my bloodsugar. My fingertips are callused and tough and generally don't feel much pain anymore.
That's when I knew that needlework was the perfect hobby for a diabetic. I laugh in the face of needle pricks. No thimble needed here, do your worst cross-stitch needle, do your worst!